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CPAP Travel Tips

Traveling with CPAP equipment might seem a bit overwhelming at first. Luckily, there are a lot of experienced CPAP users out there who are more than happy to share their experience with you. Here are the top five tips from some of our very own CPAP users at CPAP.com:

4The quality of your sleep is likely to decrease if your sleep schedule varies too much. Try to maintain your usual sleeping pattern once you reach your destination.
1Have a designated CPAP travel bag. Storing everything in one place makes it easier to keep track of what items you need to pack.
Travel Bag
4If you are traveling by air, take your equipment with you as a carry-on item to avoid sleepless nights should your checked luggage take a detour. Be prepared to take out your machine at the security checkpoint since it will be screened by X-ray.
2Take two power cords with you. You can continue using your machine should one of them get lost or damaged.
Power Cord
5Make sure you set some time aside to dry out your humidifier chamber and air dry your hose before you store it in your suitcase. If not, your machine or other electrical components could suffer water damage.
Dry Hose

A big thank you to the two CPAP users who shared these tips with us. In fact, one of them has been a CPAP user for over 18 years, and the other user has been exposed to the CPAP industry for 15 years.

What bit’s-o-wisdom would you like to share?

Please help other CPAP users travel smoothly by adding your tips in the comment section below.

8 Comments

  1. It really denedps on what’s causing the sleep disturbances. The formation of a person’s teeth can cause them to have restricted air flow while sleeping because when fully relaxed, the tongue, if not in a normal position, can relax too much, partially blocking your airway. If this is the case, then a mouth guard that football players wear can help. This puts a small gap between your teeth, and the gaps in just the right place to allow your tongue to fall into it’s natural place. Sporting goods stores carry the mouth guards.If it’s because your nasal passages tend to close shut while you’re sleeping, try some BreatheRight nose strips. Even with a cold, those little things do wonders holding open your sinuses.You can also try sleeping on your side with a body pillow. Sometimes a person’s muscles, breasts, or just body fat will put pressure on the chest while sleeping on your back, causing you to breathe less efficiently. Of course, don’t sleep on your stomach as this restricts your chest from expanding fully. You can even try sleeping on your back, with something under your top mattress so the head of your bed is elevated.You can also try taking an expectorant syrup to see if that helps. An expectorant, or even something like guifanesin (Mucinex) will help open the airways. But always take these will a full glass of water for best results.The again, if you have a true case of sleep apnea (not related to an outside factor like those listed above), like the type an infant would have, well there’s nothing that can really be done if a CPAP machine wont work because your mind is not sending signals correctly, and you’re forgetting to breathe.

  2. CPAP is a highly recommended and effective treatment for Sleep Apnea. There are 2 types of Sleep Apnea:
    1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused when the muscles and tissues in the throat and air passage relax while sleeping. A CPAP or APAP machine will help keep the airway open as needed.
    2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is due to a lack of brain signals to the muscles that control breathing. A BiPAP machine provides an inhale and exhale pattern to help you breathe.

  3. When traveling, especially by air, I put my Resmed S9, travel bag and all, into a small backpack. I am always challenged by airline personnel who remind me that I am entitled to only one carry-on, but they all let it go when I tell them that the thing in my backpack is a “medically necessary device.” No one has ever asked to see it.

  4. Elaine Tenorio Reply

    Hi can you e-mail me on how to purchase that portable / travel cpap device, I want to find out on how my insurance will covered for it, its called Z1 auto,Im looking for a cpap portable device that I can use during long flights that does not require power electric plug, that is so handy that I can use during long flights so that I will not bother nearby passengers sitting near me. Can you find out and email me as soon as possible, TY.

    • Elaine,

      You can choose between a CPAP which delivers a single pressure or an APAP which adjusts on a breath by breath basis: http://bit.ly/1MHtPyQ

      We provide an insurance compliant invoice in case you seek reimbursement through your insurance company. Make sure you ask your insurance company first.

  5. Kyler Brown Reply

    My wife and I are going to take our grandmother on a vacation with us. She uses a CPAP machine, so these traveling tips were very beneficial for us. I definitely agree that it would be wise to take two power cords with us. Thanks for sharing this.

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