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Traveling Soon? Helpful Tips for CPAP Users

Whether you’re traveling for the adventure of a lifetime or just business– it is important to be properly prepared to travel with and use your CPAP equipment for quality rest. Here are some helpful suggestions for traveling with your CPAP, wherever it may take you!

Don’t Leave Home Without Your CPAP

It’s very important that you continue your CPAP therapy while traveling. Here are a few suggestions for packing your CPAP:

  • Before packing your machine in your CPAP travel bag, make sure the humidifier chamber is empty and completely dry.
  • Make sure you have all the components to your set up– such as your tubing, mask and power cord.
  • Bring an extension cord, it may come in handy if power outlets are not close to the bed.
  • As a precaution against power outages, you may want to consider buying a battery pack.

When traveling overseas, it is very important to remember to bring a universal adapter so your power cord will fit into the foreign power outlet. CPAP.com offers an adapter kit to allow you to accommodate for different power needs.

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.

Air Travel with Your CPAP

Traveling via airplane? Always carry on your CPAP Machine when flying. Since it is considered medical equipment, it does not count toward your carry on bag total. For sanitary reasons, when going through security, keep your tubing and mask in your carry on case and place your CPAP in a large ziplock bag before placing it in the security bin. Alerting security that you have a CPAP is helpful. It is also a good idea to bring a copy of your Prescription or a Letter of Medical Necessity in case airport security needs further proof your CPAP is a medical necessity.

Should you need to use your CPAP in flight, we suggest you contact your airline well in advance to inquire what power options your seat may have if any. If an electrical outlet is not available, you may need to bring a battery pack.

You may also be interested in purchasing a luggage tag to quickly identify your CPAP as medical equipment.

Medical Identification Luggage Tag

Camping with Your CPAP

For those of you who enjoy camping in the great outdoors, we suggest using the Freedom battery when electricity is not an option. The battery can accommodate low to mid-range pressures without humidity for a varying run time before needing a recharge. The lithium battery may be charged directly from a DC source using a standard cigarette lighter style outlet such as those found in your car, truck, or RV. You may want to forgo using your humidifier as it can drain the battery up to three times faster. For longer battery use, you may want to use a Deep Cycle Marine Battery.

Refresh Your CPAP Supplies

The last thing you want to happen while vacationing is for your CPAP equipment not to work properly due to worn out parts.  We suggest refreshing any needed parts a couple weeks before departing on your trip. Check out our recommended replacement schedule here to keep your equipment fresh.

Travel Light with Travel CPAPs

Do you feel your machine is too bulky for travel? Some CPAP users purchase a secondary machine for travel only. Or there are many smaller machines available that are great for both home and travel use.  If you are looking for an affordable CPAP machine, we recommend the XT Fit CPAP– it’s under $200 and is about the size of a large grapefruit. The AirSense 10 Auto comes in at a higher price point, but is travel-friendly and offers advanced data and comfort features.

So remember:

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.
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.
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.

Time To Relax & Breathe Easy

Proper rest can be a challenging adventure onto itself when sleeping in unfamiliar environments. For CPAP users, taking the appropriate measures beforehand is important for attaining quality sleep. Whether your excursions take you around the world or to your own back yard, being prepared will help make the most of your journey!

Questions?

Have more questions? Email our CPAP experts at cpap@cpap.com or call us at 1-800-356-5221 for assistance.

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8 Comments

  1. Bob Zahradnik Reply

    How would you hook up the deep cycle marine battery for longer trips?

    • Hello!

      Apologies for the delay. Our CPAP Experts can help walk you through exactly what’s needed to get you all set.

      Please feel free to call us at 1-800-356-5221 or email us at cpap@cpap.com.

      Thanks! We look forward to getting you set up.

    • @Karen

      Most CPAPs are FAA approved. But, you have to check with the airlines because even though they may be FAA cleared, the airlines can decide.

  2. Hank Goodman Reply

    I was diagnosed with OSA about ten years ago and have ‘religiously’ used a humidified CPAP machine nightly since, as well as during daytime naps.
    I recently switched to a ResMed AirSense-10 machine when I retired and am currently researching CPAP accessories for a planned trip to the UK early next year.
    I have the FAA-approved plastic travel tag attached to my CPAP carrybag, a universal adapter for the different electric service in the UK, and found a small CPAP travel pillow (from Walter Drake.com). As we will be staying a minimum of two nights’ stay at every location, I’ll be carrying a disposable liter screw-cap bottle for vinegar-treated (anti-bacterial) distilled water.
    I thank you for the suggestion of carrying medical documentation of my OSA from my pulmonologist and will photocopy the letter with one copy with the CPAP equipment and a second copy with the photocopy of my US passport (should the original be lost or stolen). I would also suggest carrying a long (wire) handled bristle brush for cleaning your CPAP hosing and a few ‘custom-bent toothbrushes’ for cleaning the hose fittings and humidifier chamber) per manufacturers’ recommendations. I can loop the hosing brush and store everything in a flap-pocket taking up minimal space in the CPAP bag. A one-foot length of two-sided hook and loop strapping works great for attaching the CPAP hosing to the bed’s headboard between the patient and the CPAP machine.

  3. Be careful in India! If you have a CPAP in your carry-on luggage, they’ll give you the third-degree and submit you to a potentially humiliating medical examination in the belief that you must be a “delicate little petal” who is too sick to travel!

  4. Urmila Mehta Reply

    From where can you purchase the FAA approved plastic carry bag?

    Thanks

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