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Traveling with a Tracheostomy

There is no reason why patients with a tracheostomy cannot travel domestically or abroad. Adequate insurance provisions will need to be made to ensure that the patient can be flown home quickly if necessary. As with all insurance documents, be sure to carefully read the small print.

Take enough supplies of equipment to last the duration of the travel time as well as a few extras just in case. If flying, advise the airline of the equipment that will be taken on board, either as carry on or checked luggage. Feel free to request oxygen that is readily available on board. Your surgeon’s office can provide more information about traveling with a tracheostomy. Please note that not all airlines allow suction machines on board.

If traveling by car with the caregiver(s), it is good to buy an additional internal mirror to easily check on the patient in the backseat.

The travel bag should always include:

  • Suction catheters
  • Gloves
  • Normal saline bullets
  • Tissues
  • Scissors
  • Extra trach tubes (same size and one size smaller)
  • Trach ties/Velcro strap
  • Disposable humidity devices
  • Bulb syringe
  • Portable suction machine
  • Oxygen (if needed)
  • Apnea monitor/oximeter (only needed under special circumstances)
  • Medicines
  • Ambu bag
  • Bottles/food/snacks