Travelling with CPAP FAQ

It is recommended that you bring your CPAP machine as hand luggage rather than checking it in. By doing so, you can protect it from potential damage and ensure that it remains easily accessible during your trip. Carrying it with you also reduces the risk of theft or loss.

Remember to notify your airline in advance and pack it securely in a protective case. It’s important to have your CPAP machine close at hand if you depend on it for your sleep apnea.

Yes, it is important to inform the airline in advance if you plan to travel with a CPAP device. Informing the airline lets them know your specific needs and helps ensure a smoother travel experience.

Each airline may have its own policies and guidelines for travelling with medical equipment. By letting them know ahead of time, you can find out about any necessary documents, special procedures, or requirements they may have. This proactive step will help you avoid any surprises or complications at the airport and allow you to comfortably take your CPAP device with you on your trip.

Before packing your machine, first make sure it is clean and working properly and check (or replace) the filters if necessary.

When packing your CPAP machine for travel, you should:

  • pack it in a sturdy protective case
  • include mask, tube and power cord
  • empty the humidifier water chamber
  • bring enough filters for cleanliness
  • bring your prescription or a letter from your health care provider
  • If applicable, fully charge the backup battery
  • If you are travelling overseas, make sure you have the correct power adapters

These steps will help ensure a smooth travel experience with your CPAP device.

Despite the fact that it is is authorized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). We strongly recommend that you do not bring distilled water with you while travelling by air as it increases the weight of your suitcase and you may need to pass an additional security check.

If you decide to bring distilled water, keep in mind that you may need to pass an additional check at the security checkpoint.

It’s a good idea to check with your airline or the TSA for specific rules or restrictions on carrying liquids for medical purposes before your flight.

In most cases, you cannot use your CPAP device during the flight. CPAP machines usually require a power source and airline seats do not have specific outlets for CPAP machines.

However, you can use your machine on a long-haul flight if the aircraft has power outlets or if you have an airline-authorized portable battery.

It is important to check with your airline beforehand about their policies regarding the use of medical devices during the flight and the requirements for using a CPAP machine on board.

No, you cannot use a humidifier with your CPAP machine on the plane. Airline regulations generally prohibit the use of humidifiers or water-filled devices during flight due to the risk of leaks, spills, or interference with aircraft electrical systems.

To comply with these regulations, it is best to turn off the heated tube and humidifier feature of your CPAP device before using it on the plane. This will help ensure a safe and hassle-free experience during your flight.

However, you can resume using the humidifier at your destination when you have access to a suitable power source.

The availability of power outlets on aircraft may vary by airline, aircraft and seat class. Some aircraft may have power outlets compatible with your CPAP device, allowing you to use it during the flight.

It is recommended that you contact your airline directly to inquire about their specific policies regarding the use of medical devices such as CPAP machines on board and whether they have outlets suitable for your needs.

Yes, you will likely need an AC adapter for international travel with your CPAP device to ensure compatibility with electrical outlets in different countries.

The voltage compatibility of your CPAP device depends on its specifications. You should check the specified voltage range for your CPAP device and compare it with the voltage standard of the country you are travelling to.

If the voltage in the country is within the operating range of your CPAP device, it should be compatible. If not, you may need a voltage converter or transformer to ensure proper operation.

There may be specific guidelines or restrictions for using a CPAP machine in a hotel or accommodation, but they may vary depending on the establishment. It is recommended that you contact the hotel directly to inquire about their policies and requirements for the use of medical devices such as CPAP machines during your stay.

Cleaning and maintaining your CPAP device while travelling can be done in a few simple steps:

  1. Use disinfectant wipes: Pack disinfectant wipes that are safe for CPAP equipment. Use them to wipe down the mask, tubing and other accessories to remove any dirt or bacteria.
  2. Store in a clean, dry bag: Store your CPAP device and accessories in a clean, dry bag or case to protect them from dust and moisture.
  3. Replace disposable filters: If your CPAP machine has disposable filters, make sure you have extras and replace them regularly to maintain a clean air intake.
  4. FOLLOW MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS: Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance instructions specific to your CPAP device. They can provide additional recommendations for travel.

Remember to check and clean your CPAP machine regularly even when you are not travelling to ensure optimal performance and hygiene.

If you can’t find distilled water for your CPAP machine while on the go, don’t worry, you can try a few options:

  1. Boiled water: If you have access to a stove or kettle, you can boil tap water for about 5 minutes. Let it cool, then you can use it as a temporary substitute for distilled water. Just make sure it’s completely cold before pouring it into your CPAP humidifier.
  2. Look for bottled water: Although it’s not exactly the same as distilled water, you can try to find bottled water that’s low in minerals, like purified or demineralized water. It might not be perfect, but it might work as an alternative until you can get your hands on distilled water.

Remember that these alternatives are not as ideal as distilled water, so try to get some as soon as possible. And once you have access to distilled water again, thoroughly clean your CPAP equipment to remove any mineral buildup.

Yes, you can use a battery or portable power source with your CPAP device, such as the Pilot 12 and Pilot 24 from Medistrom.

These portable batteries can be charged in advance and then used to power your CPAP device while travelling or in places where access to a power outlet is limited. Be sure to check battery compatibility with your CPAP device and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use.

If your CPAP device is damaged or lost during travel, follow these steps:

  1. Contact your travel insurance provider, if you have one, to inquire about coverage and file a claim.
  2. Contact the supplier or manufacturer of your CPAP machine for assistance and possible repair or replacement options.
  3. Seek help from local CPAP equipment suppliers or medical supply stores.
  4. Consult your health care provider for advice and potential alternatives.
  5. Keep records of the incident, including photos and receipts, for insurance claim or reimbursement purposes.

ResMed’s AirMini CPAP is a compact and easy-to-carry CPAP machine, ideal for people on the go.

Its small and lightweight design makes it easy to carry and pack for travel. The built-in power supply eliminates the need for additional cords or accessories, simplifying the setup process. The AirMini is compatible with various ResMed masks, allowing users to continue using their preferred style of mask.

Yes, you can use a CPAP device on cruise ships, planes, trains, and other means of transportation. Most cruise ships have electrical outlets in the cabins, and airlines generally allow the use of CPAP devices on board with prior notification.

However, it is always advisable to check with the specific cruise line, airline or transportation provider for any guidelines or requirements they may have regarding the use of medical devices.

If you are having trouble with your CPAP device while travelling, follow these steps:

  1. Troubleshooting: Consult the user manual for troubleshooting tips to solve common problems such as loose connections or clogged filters.
  2. Contact the manufacturer: Contact the manufacturer’s customer service for advice or to find a nearby service center if needed.
  3. Seek local assistance: If you are abroad, contact local CPAP equipment suppliers or medical supply stores for immediate help or solutions.
  4. Contact your health care provider: If the problem persists or if you need medical advice, contact your health care provider for assistance.

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