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Travel season is near and we understand how important it is not to miss a single night of your sleep therapy. Certainly nobody wants to have their activities limited by the fact that they require the use of a CPAP machine every night. Luckily, recent advances in technology and design have produced more options for the CPAP user who travels. If you use the XT Fit CPAP or SleepStyle HC234 machines, you may need to manually adjust your settings accordingly depending on where you travel, such as a higher or lower altitude area. More specific information can be found in your CPAP machine manual.
We hope the following information is useful in your adventures. If you would like assistance or have questions, we encourage you to contact us or call us at 1-800-356-5221.
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Airplanes, Airlines, and Airports
Here are some important tips for successful air travel with your CPAP machine.
Always Carry On Your CPAP Machine
It does not count towards your carry on bag total since it is medical equipment. There is also much less of a chance of your CPAP machine being lost or damaged. Be sure to include your contact info inside the CPAP bag just in case it gets lost or stolen.
If Possible, Bring Your Rx
Bring a copy of your Prescription or a Letter of Medical Necessity provided by your physician. While not required, it may be useful in proving your need for the CPAP if ever in question.
In Flight CPAP Use
We always recommend checking with your specific airline as their rules and requirements vary. We suggest that you ask about power options in your seat so that you may be prepared. You might need special cables, plug adapters, or even a battery pack depending on the airline.
TSA Rules - What to Expect, Security Screening, and Your Rights
Did You Know? All travel sized machines can be used as your everyday machine.
Nearly every machine comes with a travel bag.
Cars, Boats, RVs, and Trucks
Most CPAP machines have a DC connection which allows you to run it off of a 12 volt battery using a standard cigarette lighter socket. If you have a DC capable machine and will be sleeping in a car, boat, RV, or truck that has a standard cigarette lighter socket within about 6 feet of where your CPAP machine needs to be located, then all you will likely need is the DC power cord that goes with your particular machine model. You will want to make sure the battery in your vehicle has a good charge before your trip, otherwise you may end up with a dead battery. We would also recommend not going more than a couple of nights this way unless you will be driving around each day so that the alternator in your vehicle may recharge its battery. Call us if you need help selecting the correct DC cable.
Battery Packs - Claim Your Freedom
Want to use your CPAP machine absolutely ANYWHERE? Then you will need a Battery Pack. These are very useful if you are going camping, or somewhere else with limited or no power available. Battery Packs may also be helpful at home in the event of a power outage or emergency situation. We carry several Battery Packs to fit your needs. They typically last from one to three nights before needing to be recharged from a regular AC power source. Run times vary depending on the CPAP machine, pressure settings, and the Battery Pack used. Your CPAP machine must have a DC connection to work with a Battery Pack. All of the Battery Packs have a standard cigarette lighter socket that is used along with the specific 12 volt DC power cord designed for your CPAP machine.
If traveling outside of the United States, you may find that the power outlets run a different voltage of electrical current and have distinctly unique shapes. Most CPAP machines made in the last few years have the ability to automatically detect the voltage of the electrical current (for example: 110VAC vs. 220VAC) and switch to the appropriate one. However, you will likely need some Plug Adapters to put on the end of your CPAP power cord to allow it to fit into the foreign power outlet.
Hotels and Motels
We often hear that some CPAP Users check into their hotel or motel only to find out that there is not an available power outlet close to the bed. Therefore, we recommend that you bring an extension cord so that you won't find yourself in this predicament. It is very important to make certain that the extension cord you use is rated to handle the voltage of electrical current coming from the power outlet (for example: 110VAC vs. 220VAC). Happy Trails! We wish you the best in all of your travels.
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