It’s officially summer and with the heat comes the prospect of summer vacations. As a CPAP user, you may be concerned about how your CPAP will integrate with your travels this summer, but not to worry, Aeroflow Healthcare is here to answer all of your questions about traveling with your CPAP.
Many CPAP users may think that a few days or a week without using their machine will be okay since prior to being diagnosed they had lived with sleep apnea for months or years, however not utilizing your CPAP, even for just one night, can affect your sleep quality and daytime plans. Think back to how you felt before being diagnosed with sleep apnea and starting CPAP therapy. Visions of daytime grogginess, headaches, and moodiness are probably dancing around in your head. Going without your CPAP for even one night can bring all of these symptoms back to light. But the good news is, traveling with your CPAP machine doesn’t have to be complicated, as long as you are prepared.
Going to the beach, camping outdoors, and even traveling to another country with your CPAP this summer is not only possible, it is expected. That is why CPAP manufacturers have created tools to let you take your CPAP with you anywhere, even if you will not have an adequate power source.
If you are simply taking your CPAP with you on vacation to the beach, you need only to be sure to pack your machine, your mask, any of your needed accessories, and the power source; it can also be helpful to bring an extension cord in case an outlet isn’t within reach. Pack your machine in a place where you know it won’t get wet or damaged. If you will be flying to your vacation destination, it is recommended that you refrain from packing your CPAP in your checked luggage; we have all heard the horror stories of luggage being lost for entire getaways. If you are on an overnight or international flight, prior to purchasing tickets, look for seats in the back of the plane that may be close to a power source. The Department of Transportation does have a one bag limit for carry-on items, however this does not apply to medical equipment so don’t worry if your CPAP has to be in a separate bag from your other carry-on items.
Camping with your CPAP machine can be a little more tricky, however it is definitely possible. A few weeks prior to leaving on your camping trip, check out some of the alternative power sources that are offered. These alternative power sources can allow you to utilize a batter to run your CPAP machine for up to 24 hours. CheapCPAPSupplies.com also has all types of supplies and accessories that can help to make your summer travels easier.
If you have questions or concerns about traveling with your CPAP machine this summer, don’t hesitate to give Aeroflow Healthcare a call at 888-345-1780. One of our friendly Customer Service Representatives will be glad to help you find everything you need to make your summer travels a breeze.