The time of year for travel is here now!  All over the world, this is the time that travelers get active.  Sleep apnea patients can rest assured, traveling with a CPAP is very possible and it should not hold you back from the enjoyable experience vacation can bring you.  It is vital for sleep apnea patients not to stop using a CPAP when they are on vacation; being tired every day would not make for a good vacation.  In 2016, traveling with your CPAP is easier than ever and should not be looked upon as a burden.  More good news is that as PAP machines become more of a widespread treatment for sleep apnea, they have become more widely recognized.  Some important things to remember when traveling with your CPAP :

 When At The Airport:

  • CPAP machines should always be carry-ons. Call your airline and see their specific requirements. Rules for PAP machines vary depending on the airline and the country of departure.
  • Transportation Security Administration in the United States have been gone through training about PAP machines and require them to be X-rayed. It may be helpful to bring a plastic bag to wrap it in for this process.
  • Because of recent terrorist attacks, your CPAP may be chosen at random for an Explosives Trace Detection test. This is normal and there is no reason to panic.

 In General:

  • Keep a copy of your prescription handy just in case authorities question you about the device
  • Bring plenty of extra supplies, especially cushions and nasal pillows
  • Most power supplies for CPAPs can for any voltage, and work in different countries with the proper outlet adapter.  No voltage converter necessary.

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Carlton Lewis, Guest Author, is a marketing coordinator and health blog writer for Apnea Pros.


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  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post on Traveling with CPAP mask! This article was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading it..

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