Hitting the road with your CPAP May 20 2015

Going somewhere?

In April, AAA announced Americans are more likely to take a road trip this year if gas prices remain reasonable.  They predicted the lowest summer gas prices in years, which should make for a great summer for the over 60% of us who want a temporary change of scenery in the next few months.

More and more of us are also managing our sleep apnea, and there is no reason for this highly manageable condition to keep us homebound. In fact, manufacturers are getting better at supporting our travel habits with more tools and features to support using a PAP device away from home.

Travel bags and small travel PAP devices are nice options for frequent travelers. Battery packs are also useful if you’re going off-road or out of the country. Evaluate your travel needs and determine if some of the latest options could make enjoying your trip on a good night’s sleep even easier.

A few important tips on traveling:

  • When packing for the journey, be sure to disconnect the heated humidifier and remove any water. Left in, water could damage the unit or other items you pack.
  • Plan to find distilled or deionized water to refill your humidifier once you arrive.
  • Know your rights when flying. PAP machines are allowed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints once they’ve been screened by X-ray. Make a security officer aware of your machine and any special requirements before beginning the screening process.
  • When you fly, bring your machine in a carry-on bag. By placing your machine in a checked bag, you run the risk of the bag getting misplaced and having to go without your PAP therapy.
  • Also for flying, consider placing your device in a clear plastic bag to keep it clean. Security personnel should not need to remove your mask, tubing, or other supplies.
  • Do you know where you will be sleeping? You may need to be prepared with an extension cord if the nearest outlet is too far from your bed.
  • If you’re headed to a high altitude area, check your manual to find out if you need to adjust your pressure accordingly.