Summer time is a notoriously busy time for people to travel and take a vacation. As a CPAP user, you have a few things to consider when planning to travel with your device. In this article we’ll address a few things to consider before travel and share a few resources to help with your planning.
The first question to ask yourself is will you be flying with your CPAP device? Because of the Americans with Disabilities act, your CPAP device can fly with you as a carry-on in addition to your FAA allowed two personal items. To expedite the process at the security checkpoint, we advise CPAP users to have a proof of medical necessity. Your best precaution against any TSA interference with your device is to ask your medical doctor to write you a letter of medical necessity to put into your CPAP travel case. If you have taken the time to get this letter that matches your personal identification, you have taken an active step to thwart any obstacle to you taking your device along with you on the plan.
Second, you need to ask if you’re traveling domestic or international? There is no greater aggravation than traveling abroad with your CPAP device only to find your plug doesn’t fit the wall outlet. Make sure you bring appropriate connectors or outlet converters to ensure you have the necessary power for your device. I’ve traveled before and left my connectors at home and I beat myself up for a few minutes or hours, not a good way to get started on a relaxing vacation. If you don’t know, contact your hotel and then search for applicable connectors on Amazon. Amazon will be your easiest and cheapest way to get necessary connectors.
The last trip we’ll discuss, camping. If you’re going to be camping you may not have any power source to power your device. Our recommendation is to look into a portable power source just for your CPAP device. Again, Amazon will be your best resource for things like portable solar batteries, power converters and long term batteries. I suggest you select your accessories in advance and try them for a few nights in your home to ensure they meet your needs. Nothing worse than buying a lot of equipment, carrying it into the woods only to find it doesn’t meet your need.
Thank you and check back soon for more helpful tips and information to help you use your CPAP device more effectively and efficient.
Remember, if you’re traveling Aireon Therapeutics CPAP Hydration Fluid is a great travel hydration accessory!