Going on a trip soon? Planning on staying overnight (or
several nights) in a hotel? If you use a CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea
and are planning on traveling soon, there are a few tips you should know to
make your next hotel stay with your CPAP more enjoyable .
Buy the Right CPAP Machine
The best choice you can make is to invest in a travel-size
CPAP machine. These small, lightweight machines are easy to pack, carry and
bring with you wherever you go. While standard CPAP machines can weigh several
pounds and are big and bulky, travel-size CPAP machines are small (will fit in
the palm of your hand) and weigh just over a pound.
They can easily be stored in a suitcase or carry-on bag and
make the perfect CPAP therapy solution for frequent travel.
Bring Extra Accessories
Because you will be away from home, it’s best to travel with
a few CPAP accessories in case you misplace one or they become damaged in
transit. It’s good to bring an extra:
Not all hotels will have distilled water readily available,
and depending on where you are staying, you also may not be able to purchase it
in stores. Most CPAP manufacturers recommend heated humidifiers recommend or
require you to use distilled water in your CPAP’s heated humidifier. Make sure
to pack enough of it, or if you can’t travel with it, search for drugstores at
your destination so you can pick up distilled water when you arrive.
Lock it Up When Not In Use
CPAP machines are an investment in your health, and they can
be hard to replace if you are on the road. In order to prevent theft of your
device, make sure to lock it in the hotel’s safe (if they have one) when not in
use. If there is no safe, pack it away in your bag before you leave the room so
it is not in plain sight. Avoid leaving it sitting out and do not store it in
Carry a Prescription
Before you go on a trip, ask your doctor to give you a copy
of your CPAP prescription. This is a good thing to carry with you in case something
happens to your device while on the road. If you have a copy of your
prescription, you can use it to get replacements at a local CPAP dealer should you
run into any issues with your CPAP equipment during your travels.
Find the right travel-size CPAP machine and accessories for
your needs at the MyTranscend store.