When traveling locally be sure to take along a travel bag that has all of your tracheostomy supplies. This includes everything that is listed under the tracheostomy supplies list.
Always make sure the battery for your equipment is fully charged before leaving the house. When electrical outlets are available, plug in your equipment and save the battery power.
If you plan on taking an extended trip anywhere within the United States of America and your child has a new tracheostomy that is less than 9 months old it is important that you get clearance from the ENT surgeon or nurse practitioner that it is safe for your child to travel. If your child sees any other specialists such as pulmonology or cardiology it is important that you get clearance from those departments.
For extended trips by car, plane, or train you will need to take ALL of your supplies with you. This includes:
Take enough supplies to cover the length of the trip plus a few extra in case of unexpected events.
If you plan on traveling outside of the United States of America please follow the rules of the domestic travel policy with the following additions:
Helpful Hint: If you are able to plan ahead, locate the nearest children’s hospital in your destination city in case of an emergency.
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not need a letter of necessity to clear tracheostomy equipment. Your tracheostomy supplies, suction machine, pulse oximeter machine, mist machine and ventilator can be carried onto to the plane.
It is important that this equipment be kept with you in case your child has an emergency during the flight. Checked baggage is stored underneath the plane and you will not have access to any of this equipment until the plane lands.
Download Tracheostomy Travel Bag information sheet
Always take the portable suction with you for traveling!
All of above (enough supplies for the length of the trip), plus:
All of above, plus equipment cleaning supplies.