Travelling With CPAP and BiPAP Equipment
Travelling With CPAP/BiPAP Equipment
When you suffer from sleep apnea or any other sleep disorder, it’s hard to imagine life without your CPAP or BiPAP machine and you shouldn’t have to. Here at Medic Sleep Care, we know it’s important that you have access to your equipment at all times, which includes when you’re traveling. If this is your first time having to travel with your CPAP/BiPAP Equipment, you’ve come to the right place. We have gathered some very important information to help you prepare.
If you have further questions or would like to check out some of our equipment, please give us a call or stop by Medic Sleep Care today! We’re conveniently located in Little, Rock, AR near Fayetteville. We’re also proud to announce the opening of a third location in North Little Rock in October 2018. !
Before you attempt to travel with your CPAP or BiPAP equipment, we suggest calling your carrier to find out if there are any specific requirements. If needed, you can request a letter of medical necessity from your physician. As a general rule, you should always carry your prescription with you. In the rare event that your baggage is lost, damaged, stolen, or even if your equipment experiences a failure, you want to be prepared. Keep a prescription for your PAP machine, filters, mask, tubing, and humidifier with you at all times to avoid problems.
In addition, if you are traveling to a foreign country, you’ll want to find out if the power outlets run on a different voltage because that could be problematic. In order to avoid power issues, bring a universal adapter, an extension cord, and a back-up power supply. We know that travel, whether it be for work or pleasure, can sometimes disrupt your sleep schedule. It’s still extremely critical to make time for a night of restful sleep. You should aim for at least eight hours of sleep each night and definitely no less than six.
Don’t let sleep apnea hinder your travel plans. At the same time, forfeiting your sleep therapy when you’re traveling can lead to trouble. You can travel with your sleep apnea equipment if you follow a few simple steps. First, keep in mind you might be required to remove your machine from its case for further screening. Second, you’ll want to keep your machine as clean as possible so remember to bring a large, clear plastic bag to place it in before it goes through screening. You may request that the TSA agent put on new gloves when handling your PAP, as well as for them to clean the table and use a new explosive trace device sampler. Make sure your machine is placed securely back into the travel bag after screening so it stays clean.
Machines For Travel
If you happen to be a frequent traveler, it might be worth considering a portable CPAP or BiPAP machine. These devices are lighter, smaller, and much easier to carry around. As a matter of fact, this type of portable equipment can easily fit into your carry-on bag rather than a separate, bulky carrying case. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing performance, either. Today’s technology allows for the same quality of performance in miniature PAP machines as home-based units. It’s important to note not all travel machines are identical. You’ll want to look for those with quiet operation, similar features to your home devices, and comfort therapy settings.
You’re officially ready to travel with your equipment! There’s no reason to let sleep apnea keep you out of the game. We hope these tips have been helpful in planning your next trip. If you have questions or would like to check out our CPAP/BiPAP products, visit us at Medic Sleep Care! We’re conveniently located in Little Rock, AR near Fayetteville.