Tips on travelling with a CPAP Machine
Wherever you go, sleep apnea follows. To perform at your best — whether you’re on the job or out to sea — it’s vitally important to maintain your therapy every night.
1. Talk to your travel carrier in advance
Whether you’re traveling by land, sea or air, each company has its own rules and regulations. At least two weeks in advance, call your carrier to find out what you need to know, do, and bring. If required, your doctor can provide a letter of medical necessity.
2. Always carry your prescription
If you plan on traveling off the power grid, DreamStation Go’s overnight battery can help you stay committed to your therapy. Battery run times may vary due to higher CPAP pressure settings, excessive mask leakage, altitude, temperature, charging devices with USB port and others. Typically, it is good for 13 hours.
3. Determine the power supply type at your destination
If you are traveling internationally, power outlets may run a different voltage and have completely different shapes than here in the U.S. PAPs power on with most voltages from around the world. To travel light, bring a universal power adapter that will work in most countries. Before traveling, research which adapters will work in the country or region you are visiting.
4. Pack an extension cord
Hotel electrical outlets near your nightstand are often hard to reach or taken up by necessities like a lamp and alarm clock. Keep a dedicated extension cord in your PAP carrying case to make powering your therapy easier.
5. Bring a backup power supply
Power outages can happen anytime, anywhere you travel. In addition, on remote trips, your location or carrier may not provide an electrical outlet to power your device. So, it’s a good idea to always pack a portable battery designed specifically for your PAP machine. And make sure it’s fully charged before you leave home and throughout your trip.