Traveling with a Trach Tube
Traveling with a Tracheostomy
There is no reason why patients with a tracheostomy cannot travel domestically or abroad with proper
Be sure to take enough supplies of equipment to last for the entire trip as well as a few extras just in
If traveling by plane:
Advise the airline of the equipment that will be taken on board, either as carry on or checked luggage.
Request oxygen that is readily available on board.
Please note that not all airlines allow suction machines on board.
Contact your doctor's office for more information.
If traveling by car:
You can use a mirror to easily check on the patient in the backseat.
If you turn on the vent to recycle the air in the car to increase the humidity
in the vehicle.
The travel bag should always include:
Tissues and gloves
Extra trach tubes
HMEs (Heat Moisture Exchangers)
Portable suction machine
Oxygen (if needed)
Oximeter (only needed under special circumstances)