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Traveling with Oxygen Therapy

Use of Oxygen in a Personal Vehicle

One of the most important things to consider when traveling by vehicle is proper storage of your oxygen container.


• The carrying strap and auto seat belt may be convenient aids in fastening the portable unit.

• A suggested method of using the carrying strap is to attach the portable unit to a bucket-type seat of a passenger car.

• In this situation, the unit may need to be equipped with additional cannula tubing to allow you freedom of movement within the vehicle while the unit is in one place.


• Cylinders should be strapped down behind the front seats in the car.

• They can also be placed on the back seat only if they are fully secured from movement during transit.

• The Compressed Gas Association recommends that a passenger car carry no more than 150 cubic feet of oxygen gas.

○ The equivalent of 150 cubic feet of oxygen is:

■ Cylinder size: E = Number of cylinders: 6

■ Cylinder size: D = Number of cylinders: 10

■ Cylinder size: C = Number of cylinders: 16

■ Cylinder size: B = Number of cylinders: 25

■ Cylinder size: M7 = Number of cylinders: 21

In cases of both liquid and cylinder units, you should never store your oxygen in the trunk of your car. Also, always leave your windows partially open for ventilation and to reduce high temperatures.

Campers & Motor Homes

If you plan to travel by camper or motor home, make sure all of your oxygen equipment is well-secured to a permanent part of the vehicle.

• For liquid oxygen, select a location near a door or window to provide extra ventilation during a portable fill.

• Be careful not to confine your oxygen in a small space where oxygen gas can accumulate.

• A window and overhead camper vent should always be left open for proper ventilation.