We’re ready to travel, whether air, cruise or car -- but what about CPAP?
By ensuring you have a travel-sized CPAP device, you can enjoy undisturbed nights of sleep when away. You’ll wake up feeling fresh, without worrying about your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Planning is Essential
Planning ahead makes travel a less stressful and smoother experience. This is particularly so if you suffer with OSA and are using CPAP therapy as treatment. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, it is important to adhere to the treatment course when away from home
Just a single night without CPAP can have a negative impact on blood pressure levels as well as deprive you of the good-quality sleep needed to recharge your body. Adhering to the treatment when travelling will help you receive better rest and feel more refreshed.
Travelling By Plane
If your trip involves a flight, taking your CPAP machine should not be an issue. Rather than risk damage by packing the machine in your baggage, you should be able to carry it on to the plane in a separate bag. This will not count as one of your carry-on items as it is classed as a medical machine.
However, for peace of mind, it can be worthwhile to double-check the airline’s policy in advance. You can also check with the airline on the availability and accessibility of power sockets if your flight is a long one and you expect to sleep at some point.
Airport security staff should be aware of your therapy machine. Keep in mind, different airports may have different security screening methods, which may involve an x-ray or possibly a swab for explosives. The check-in may be performed without the need to remove the machine from its carry bag, but if this is not possible, it will be placed in a plastic bag for the purpose.
It can be a good idea to travel with a letter from your doctor explaining about the need for your machine and how it is required to treat your OSA. This can act as insurance against issues when going through an airport where staff may not be as aware of these devices.
Traditional CPAP machines may be a bit bulky to transport from place to place. This is why it is a good idea to purchase a travel model. Not only are they easy to transport, but they will provide you with the very same results that you have come to expect from a standard unit.
The Z2 Auto Travel CPAP is essentially a more streamlined version of the Z1 series. It weighs only 10.4 ounces and is quite easy to handle. And the Z2 has a water-less humidification system.
Weighing just 10.6 oz and the size of a smartphone, the ResMed AirMini is also great for travel. This device offers proven AutoSet therapy, effective waterless humidification, with connected AirMini app to maintain therapy quality
AirMini uses less power than a traditional bedside CPAP unit and requires a 20W power supply. Additionally, a hard case, fitting the machine itself, or a travel bag with a convenient strap to attach to your carry-on handle are available to keep your AirMini safe and accessible during travel.
Both the Z2 and AirMini are compliant with all current FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) regulations. This is important if you plan on taking it on an overseas flight.
Packing For Your Trip
A little forethought will help if you suffer with sleep apnea. Most CPAP machines can run on other voltages thanks to a built-in ‘switch mode’. Check your machine has this facility before travelling or pack an outlet adapter just in case.
If your travelling has extra elements, such as a cruise or overnight train or bus journey, you should check to ensure power sockets are available to run your machine. An extension cord can be a useful item to pack in case you arrive at your hotel and find the power sockets are nowhere near the bed.
Extras to Pack
Along with a letter from your doctor certifying your treatment plan, some additional documentation may be necessary in case of a medical issue while away. These include:
- Contact details for your doctor and the supplier of your device’s equipment
- Notes on treatment information such as mask type and pressure setting
- Health insurance details
Besides documentation there are some essential components for which you should pack extras. These include:
- Wipes to clean equipment parts
- Mask cushions
CPAP Battery & Power Supplies
These batteries and battery kits will ensure that your CPAP is working continuously wherever you sleep. Our wide range of converters match the leading CPAP products.
If you are going to be away for a considerable period of time you may also want to take a spare mask. Sourcing a comfortable mask while away can be difficult, although by carrying the contact details of your equipment supplier you may be able to have one sent out to you if urgently required.
Enjoy Your Vacay!
You’ve earned the right to enjoy your travels. With just a little planning there is no need to let your obstructive sleep apnea be problematic while you’re away. Even if it’s just a night away on business, it’s still important to adhere to your treatment plan.