Travelling With CPAP Equipment
Can I take my CPAP Equipment when I Travel?
There are now more quality, lightweight, portable products available to make travelling with CPAP even easier. Being on CPAP therapy shouldn’t stop you doing the things you love. You can rest assured that your sleep apnea machine won’t get in the way of planning a great holiday.
Your CPAP equipment is designed to accompany you, wherever you go. With a standard universal power supply, most CPAP machines can be used throughout the world and even on an aeroplane.
This helps to make travelling with your CPAP equipment relaxed, comfortable and easy. Just the way a holiday should be! Whether you’re camping, going on a road trip, or travelling overseas, following is some useful information about transporting and using your machine while you’re away
With a standard universal power supply, most CPAP machines can be used throughout the world and even on an aeroplane.
Whatever your destination, it’s handy to keep the following information with you when you travel:
- Your treatment pressure
- Your CPAP mask type and size
- Contact details for mySleep
- Your health insurance information
- Your doctor's details
Visit our Online Store for Travel Accessories & Batteries
Camping & Caravanning
Do you love camping and the outdoors? You can, even with your CPAP machine.
CPAP machines do not come with a battery included, but these can be purchased separately.mySleep offer both converters and batteries for our wide range of CPAP machines. Converters allow you to use your machine from a 12V or 24V DC power source in a car, boat, caravan or other vehicle that has a suitable battery. Most CPAP machines can also operate with an external battery source that has a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery.
Our handy travel CPAP machine and cleaning products will ensure no matter where you are camping you can easily clean your mask and therapy equipment.
Now there's no reason why your treatment should keep you from flying, thanks to the portability and convenience of new travel CPAP devices. The sky is the limit when you want to see more of the world!
Before flying with your CPAP equipment, you should:
- Get clearance from the airline to use your machine on a flight. If your approval is in the form of a letter, carry a copy with you.
- Find out if you can sit near a power source on the aircraft. If you don’t have access to power, a portable external battery maybe required.
- Confirm the type of power cord or adapter used by the aircraft.
- Carry a letter from your doctor certifying your need for CPAP therapy for sleep apnea.
- Take a copy of your device manufacturer’s FAA compliance letter
- Enable Airplane Mode (only in machines with wireless connectivity, see your user manual for details).
Contact your shipping company for specific details
Like an airline, you can use CPAP device on a cruise ship as there are accessible power points, but you will need to know what voltage you will be getting whilst on board. Consult with the shipping company directly to find out the voltage they use.
Then make sure if your CPAP machine will work at this voltage or if you require an adaptor plug. As a rule, the operator will need a medical certificate from your doctor. They may also only let you use specific brands or models which are pre-approved to be used on board.
Make sure you have the right adaptors
For hotel rooms because power outlets may differ between countries, make sure you pack the correct adapter plug for the country you're travelling to. It’s also handy to pack an extension cord just in case your hotel room doesn’t have a power socket located near the bed.
Always empty the water chamber when transporting your CPAP to avoid water damage. Place it in its own compartment in the carry bag. To ensure that your CPAP equipment is not damaged in transit, always pack in the recommended travel bag and take it on board as part of your hand baggage.
While most CPAP machines will automatically compensate for higher altitude changes, some older devices might require manual adjustment. If no adjustment is made, it may deliver less effective therapy. Please contact mySleep if you need an altitude adjustment.
Shop from the comfort of your home
Did you know mySleep have a fully stocked online store where you can purchase new equipment and spares?
Easy to find replacement parts!
If you know what product you have just go to that item in our store and see corresponding replacement items below.
Click & Collect from clinic available!
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