Let’s be honest—travel season is year-round!
The opportunity to hit the road and see the friends and family you love, venture out on your next adventure, or jet off for work is waiting around the next corner. And if you rely on your CPAP therapy for a restful night, your CPAP machine does not and should not stand in the way of you enjoying your travels.
Grab a pen and paper and add these seven creature comforts to your packing list to make traveling with your CPAP a breeze!
1. A Neck Pillow. If you are traveling as a passenger and plan to sleep on the road (or in the air), be sure to take a pillow with you that will support this decision. Invest in a good neck pillow or CPAP pillow to sleep on-the-go with ease. Plus, it’s always nice to have a good pillow when sleeping away from home. And if you’re really in the mood to spoil yourself (because why not?), add a cashmere throw or extra comfy blanket. The more comfortable you are while you’re traveling, the better you’ll sleep. Also, consider purchasing an eye mask if you’re planning on catching some z’s while on your travel journey.
2. Aromatherapy Items. Essential oils are a wonderful way to relax and acclimate to a new environment. They can add a truly enjoyable dimension to your CPAP therapy. Consider investing in a CPAP Aromatherapy Starter Kit to test out what works well for you along with what scents you like. CPAP aromatherapy kits are safe to use with your CPAP therapy. Also, if you struggle when sleeping away from the comforts of your own home, aromatherapy items may help to bring the comforts of home along with you!
3. An Extension Cord or Extra Power Cord. If you don’t know the layout of the room in which you’ll be sleeping—or if you’re heading to a hotel and don’t know what you’ll be dealing with—it’s a good idea to take along an extension cord. That way, you’re always able to plug your CPAP machine into the closest available outlet even if it’s not located right next to your bed. This will help you avoid having to do a little room renovating before settling into bed. Also, if you’re traveling overseas, be sure to check the plug adapter specifications for the country in which you will be traveling. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to power connections in hotel rooms. An extra power cord may also be a safe choice to pack just in case you misplace yours!
4. Bath Accessories. If you like to unwind with a nice, warm bath at home—or if you find that it helps you to fall asleep faster—then be sure to pack a few bath accessories in your luggage. This may prove to be more than a luxury if it helps you adjust to your on-the-road sleeping arrangements. Anything that helps relax your body and mind so that you fall asleep is a plus. It will also give you something to look forward to in the evening when returning to your room.
5. Reading Material. If you like to read before falling asleep, be sure to pack a book or a magazine so that you can stick to your nightly routine as much as possible when traveling. Our sleep-wake cycle responds well to consistency especially if we’re not at home. As a bonus, reading at night may give you time to adjust to wearing your CPAP mask before sliding under the covers. So cross a book off of your reading list to treat yourself to on your next trip!
6. Mask Wipes. CPAP mask wipes are great to have along on a trip. They make it easy and quick to clean and freshen-up your CPAP mask safely and effectively. You can choose between unscented wipes and various scent choices to enhance the experience.
7. A Sound Machine. We totally understand that sleeping away from home is not always easy. If you’re staying in a hotel or with friends and family, the outside noises may not be as quiet or the same as what you’re used to at home. Try out a travel-friendly sound machine or a sound machine app on your phone to select sounds ranging from rain to ocean waves to white noise. The simple background noise may help to eliminate any uncontrollable travel sounds.
Overall, enjoying the creature comforts that are available at home can still be accessible on-the-go! A good night’s sleep while traveling is possible with just a few extra items added to your suitcase.
Wherever you’re going this year, happy travels! And go wherever your heart leads you.
Taylor has seen sleep apnea treatment first-hand and has learned the ins and outs through formal training in CPAP machines, masks, and equipment. She strives to make learning about sleep apnea and sleep apnea therapies a breeze. Interested in sharing your story or have a topic you’d like CPAP.com to investigate? Contact us!