Travel with a CPAP Machine – Three travel tips for the sleep challenge
Fifty years ago, no one would have believed you if you told them that one day, sleep apnea patients would be able to travel anytime, anywhere with a CPAP machine. Today, advances in design and technology have made the equipment so travel-friendly that you can take it with you wherever you go.
Fifty years ago, no one would have believed you if you told them there would be CPAP machines they could use outside of the hospital, or that CPAP spares in Toronto (or any other area for that matter) would be available for the average, do-it-yourself Janes and Nuts.
But how have times changed!
Aircraft and the CPAP device
Today, you can fly to any corner of the globe and not lose a good night’s sleep. All you have to do to treat your sleep apnea in Toronto, Vietnam, or even Timbuktu is bring your device with you.
For maximum comfort when traveling, be sure to check your airline’s regulations regarding your equipment. They can also keep you updated on new airport regulations that are important to you and your device.
Ask and you will be told
You will be amazed at how much useful information will turn up over a simple phone call or website inquiry. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either. You’re not the first to carry a medical device, and you certainly won’t be the last. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind so you never have to miss a night of sleep therapy, on the fly or outside.
1. If you can bring a letter from your doctor or your prescription. This isn’t required by most airlines, but it’s a good idea to have on hand in case you have questions about how absolutely necessary the equipment is for you.
2. Carry your CPAP machine. If you were worried you might have to pay for this, don’t. It is not counted as part of your total carry-on baggage as it is medical equipment. Moreover, with your devices towed, you don’t have to worry about them getting damaged or lost. Don’t forget to label the bag with your contact information, so it’s easy for you to get it back, should it ever get lost in some way.
3. Ask about power options at your seat. When you’re traveling halfway around the world and have to stay seated for 14 hours or so, chances are you’ll spend most of your time sleeping. So, ask about the power options at your seat, and be prepared. Depending on your airline, you may need to bring a battery pack, special cables, and plug adapters. Don’t forget to also pay attention to your devices’ height settings. Of course, this wouldn’t be a concern if your device was able to adjust height settings automatically.
You don’t have to deny yourself a good night’s sleep just because you’re on your way or ready to go. Get the relief you need by turning on your CPAP machine while you travel!