No one should have to make the choice between missing out on a vacation or going without their CPAP therapy. While it’s possible to bring your CPAP machine with you while you travel, their size is often a deterrent. This is especially true for people who are trying to pack light. Whether you are staying in a small room on a cruise ship, camping in the great outdoors, or will be backpacking across Europe, you likely want to save as much space as possible in your baggage.
Thankfully, travel-sized CPAP machines exist, and they make continuing your CPAP therapy while you travel much simpler. If you are thinking travelling with your CPAP machine in the near future, follow these tips to make your trip much more enjoyable.
Contact Cruise Lines Before Boarding
If you are bringing your CPAP machine with you on cruise, it’s best to contact the company beforehand to see what their specific rules are regarding them. Most cruise lines allow them to be brought on board, but it doesn’t hurt to check beforehand. Also, if you use distilled water in your CPAP machine, make sure the cruise line carries it on board their ships. If they don’t, you will have to bring your own on board with it.
It’s always best to contact a hotel beforehand to see if they have distilled water available for you to use. Also, since CPAP machines can be expensive, it’s best to lock them up in a safe during the day when you’re not in your room. If there is no personal safe in your room, contact the front desk. Some hotels will allow you to store valuable personal items if no safe is present in your room.
If you are flying with a CPAP machine, know the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) categorizes CPAP machines as medical devices. This means that, by law, airlines must allow you to take them with as carry-on items. If you have them in a separate CPAP travel bag, some airlines may not even include it as one of your carry-on items. Always make sure to carry on your CPAP machine to avoid damage to your device and to keep it on-hand in case your checked baggage is lost.
You won’t always have access to a store that sells additional CPAP parts in case you lose or break something. That’s why you should always bring a few extra accessories with you, just in case. These can include an extra mask, hose, battery and power supply.
You Don’t Always Need an Outlet
If you are going hiking or camping, know that there are other ways to charge the battery on your CPAP machine. Solar chargers are available that can help you charge a battery wherever you go.