Our son lives in Japan and we want to go. How did you make arrangements for a concentrator and oxygen bottles? We at 50% capacity w/out the oxygen. Thanks
I just joined this support group, so you may have already made your trip. If not, I do have a couple of suggestions. I just returned from Rome, and spent a great deal of time on the logistics prior to the trip. I found one company, OXYGEN WORLDWIDE that provides oxygen in many large cities. If you are flying Delta, they partner with a company named OXYGEN ONE that provides a portable concentrator that you can use on the flight, keep during your entire visit, use it on the return flight and then return it to the provider. I believe Oxygen One would also be available for other airlines, but I'm not sure. My issue with that company was their equipment. I wanted a backpack style oxygen concentrator, which they could not provide. The bottom line is I was not able to find a provider that offered what I needed to make it easy for me to walk in be a "tourist."
I finally purchased and INOGEN ONE G3 portable concentrator. For less than $3500 I received the concentrator, two eight hour batteries, a backpack and all of the charging supplies. I also purchased a high-quality converter to use overseas. The equipment is made to use with converters, which was enormously important. The batteries are also critical, as the FAA requires you to have 150% of what you will need for the entire flight. (That's my understanding.)
Something else that concerned me was medical care in case something went wrong overseas. After researching options, I purchased a medical plan through AAA. I didn't need to use it, but it sure gave me a sense of security. I also purchased trip cancellation and emergency medical "evacuation" insurance. That insurance was much more expensive than the medical plan but it was important to me.
I hope you had or have a good trip. Be safe.
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