Traveling Soon? Helpful Tips for CPAP Users

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    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:

    4 The 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.
    1 Have a designated CPAP travel bag. Storing everything in one place makes it easier to keep track of what items you need to pack.
    4 If 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.
    2 Take two power cords with you. You can continue using your machine should one of them get lost or damaged.
    5 Make 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.