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  1. Be sure to ask for a basket when you rent your scooter. You'll need it for the POC and the extra batteries! If he is able to use a setting of 2 or 3 pulsed, I highly recommend Inogen's G3 with 2 double batteries. If he needs continuous, either the Respironics Simply Go or the larger and rather unwieldy Sequal would be my choice. If you are flying to or from your cruise, be sure to contact the airline to get their form so that you can have your dr. sign it, something I think all airlines require. Also, if you are flying, remember that cabins are only pressurized to 8,000 or 10,000 ft so he will probably need to increase his oxygen while at altitude. I have found that I need a setting of 3 rather than my usual 2 when aloft. I always bring my pulse oximeter to make sure that my setting is appropriate. If you don't have one, you can buy online or from a drug store without RX. Best of luck!
  2. Pulse will make it much easier to find a rental that will work for you. I'm on a lower flow rate so my batteries last longer, but I'll pass on a tip that often helps. Anytime we are stopped for lunch or a coffee I ask to plug in so that I can save battery power. Also several tour buses I've been on have a 12volt plug in available. (You'd need to check this ahead of time and bring a 12 volt charger, which with some models is almost as heavy as an additional battery, though.) If we're moving around the ship, my DH takes each of my batteries back to the cabin for recharging as soon as they have run out of juice and brings back to me the one that he set to charging previously. COPD does make traveling more challenging, but it's doable and great fun! Good for you for not letting it stop you!
  3. Perhaps that would help, thanks!
  4. Thanks for your kind response, Betty. Sounds like you had a great time! All the best, Patricia
  5. We're on the Golden Princess sailing from San Francisco to New Zealand on Sept. 28, 2019 and would like any recommendations those of you using scooters or folding wheelchairs have for on-shore activities specifically in Bora Bora, Papeete, and Pago Pago. When I was more mobile, we generally skipped organized tours and headed out on our own via local transportation to beaches, museums, historical sites, and interesting neighborhoods. I'm not sure how realistic that is now, although I can with some difficulty climb the steps onto a bus and my DH can wrangle the folded wheelchair onto a bus if it is not wheelchair accessible. If cabs are big enough to carry a folded wheelchair that's a possibility, as is walking (and rolling for me) up to a mile or two from the port. Thanks for any advice you can offer!
  6. In my area (San Francisco Bay area) there are regularly a number of used mobility scooters priced $350 to $500. Check Craigslist.org and Letgo.com for your areas. You could also check with thrift shops by phone. Airlines flying to or within the US are required to transport mobility equipment without charge. Typically, you can either check with your baggage and have the airline provide a wheelchair and pusher to get you through security and to the gate (also at transfer airport, if you have a stop along the way) or with most airlines you can ride it to the gate and check it there.
  7. If you haven't already left, I suggest that you look into buying either a used mobility scooter or a folding wheelchair for sale on Letgo.com or Craigslist.org or at a local thrift shop (Hospice or hospital thrift shops are often a good source) before you go to use throughout the trip rather than renting. (Airlines are required to transport such mobility aids free of charge.) If you have time, use it frequently before you go so that you and DH get used to it. You won't really know what features are best for you until you have used an aid. So I wouldn't buy a new one until you have a little more experience. Whatever you do, have a wonderful trip!
  8. You probably won't need a voltage converter for the P.O.C. just a US to European plug in. I regularly take my AirSep Focus, Sequal Eclipse, Phillips Simply Go, and Respironics G3 with me to France and all work on 240v as well as 110v. Check the label on your power supply (the rectangular block that you plug into the POC and into the wall outlet). It should say. Oh, and be sure to bring a power strip with surge protector. There never are enough outlets for a POC, a CPAP (if you need one), plus charging for your computer and phone.
  9. I have an older Tzora Easy Travel Classic (with double front wheel) that I bought used to take on cruise San Francisco to New Zealand 9/28/19 but find it much harder to steer and less able to climb a ramp than my 4-wheel Go-Go Elite Traveller. Have those of you who have a Tzora had problems riding it up gangways?
  10. Based on our trip in 2018 I agree that the airport in Lisbon is very wheelchair friendly; however the city itself can present MAJOR challenges. All of the trams and buses we used were accessible, but few metro stops have elevators, and some that do only have an elevator for transferring from one line to the other and not from the metro to the street. I was stuck two flights below street level and had to be practically carried up the stairs while my husband carried my wheelchair up the stairs. Thank heavens for the three Portuguese teenagers who came to my aid! Anyone attempting Lisbon in a wheelchair needs to be aware that the cobblestone sidewalks, although beautiful, are very rough, and the hills are daunting, especially on the way down--be sure that you have good brakes. People there were delightful and several times came to our aid when there was an especially high curb with no cut out in sight.
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