Traveling with your CPAP machine can be a challenge, especially if you hope to use it on an airplane. At Airing, we are working hard to bring our micro-CPAP device to market so that soon traveling will be more convenient.
Until then, remember to prepare for your trip.
For the flight:
At least two weeks prior to traveling get clearance from the airline to use your device on a flight (if your approval is in the form of a letter, carry a copy with you).
Arrange to sit near a power source on the aircraft.
Confirm the type of power cord or adapter used by the aircraft.
Carry a letter from your doctor certifying your need for positive airway pressure therapy.
Take a copy of your CPAP manufacturer’s FAA compliance statement for your CPAP machine.
While you can use your device on the plane, you cannot use your humidifier, as aircraft turbulence increases the risk of water spillage and damage to the device.
For your stay:
Pack the correct adapter for the country you’re traveling to because power outlets differ in each country. Adaptors can be bought from most electronics and travel stores, as well as in airports.
Be sure to use distilled or deionized water to fill your humidifier tub at each destination.
Pack an extension cord to use your device and mask since you cannot be sure that your hotel room will have a power outlet near the bed.