Traveling with Sleep Therapy

Don’t let your CPAP keep you at home. No matter your destination, there’s a way to make sure you can get the rest you need with your device

Going somewhere? Always take your CPAP. To help you make the most of even the shortest overnight trip, it is well worth spending an extra few minutes packing your PAP machine. Studies show sleeping even one night without it reverses virtually all of the restful sleep and daytime alertness benefits you gain from using the device. That could make any trip a drag. Don’t let sleep apnea keep you from doing the things you want to do. Always take your device along; getting a restful night’s sleep will help you get the most out of your trip and keep you safely on the move.

CPAP can even go on your next adventure. Explore battery pack options for the flexibility to sleep anywhere- camping, boating, or whatever you can dream up.

Traveling light? Sticking to a backpack or duffel bag doesn’t mean you have to go without. There are multiple travel versions of smaller PAP devices that also come with smaller pricetags. Frequent travelers often find that a compact secondary travel unit is a great investment to lighten the load and makes getting there that much easier.

CPAP Travel Tips:

  • Disconnect the heated humidifier and remove all of the water. This key step will protect your machine; traveling with water in the reservoir could seriously damage it and anything else you may pack with it!
  • Check to make sure you have all of your parts – mask, headgear, tubing, chin strap, cushions, pillows, device, power cord, etc.
  • Try to stick to your usual bedtime routine and schedule. This can help protect the quality of your sleep, and make it easier to drift off.
  • Remember your CPAP is a “medically necessary device.” That means you should always keep it with you, pack it safely, and protect it. It also means it qualifies as an extra carry-on when you fly! More tips for flying:
          • TSA security checkpoints allow all PAP and Bilevel machines. You will be required to run it through the X-ray for screening, and you may be asked to open the bag.
          • You will not have to remove your mask, tubing, and other accessories.
          • If it makes you feel more comfortable, you are allowed to request TSA officers put on gloves to handle your equipment.