When you suffer from sleep apnea, it can be intimidating to consider sleeping in a different environment. You may rely on a CPAP machine to sleep safely and avoid putting your health at risk. Although the machine may be challenging to transport, there are a few important tips to follow to ensure it’s easier to bring with you as you spend time traveling to a new location.
Bring the Machine as a Carry-On
It can be easy to worry about your CPAP machine becoming damaged if you check it when you’re boarding a flight. Instead, bring it onto the plane as a carry-on to ensure you can have more control over it and don’t rely on the airline to keep it safe. This can allow you to find a good spot on the plane to store it and can also help you to avoid parting ways with it if your luggage is lost.
Bring Your Own Water
Many travelers make the mistake of using tap water in their CPAP machine when they’re away from home. Unfortunately, calcium and magnesium that is present in tap water cause minerals to accumulate, which can affect the operation and reliability of the device. Tap water is also not safe to use in some parts of the world, making it necessary to pack distilled water to use during your trip.
It’s also necessary to clean and dry the CPAP machine before you pack the device and depart on your trip. There shouldn’t be any moisture present in the parts, which can quickly lead to mold and make the machine unsafe to use. Packing CPAP wipes will also make it easier to wipe down the different parts of the machine to keep them clean.
Make Copies of Important Documents
You’ll need to provide the TSA agents and airline employees with a copy of your CPAP prescription. Unfortunately, it’s easy to lose important documents when you’re on the go and have multiple bags with you. Make copies of all of your important documents related to your CPAP machine to ensure you’re prepared and aren’t forced to leave them behind.
You can also use medical device ID tags to make it easier for the TSA agents to quickly recognize the equipment. This will make it easier to avoid issues and get through the TSA line quicker.
Pack a Clear Plastic Bag
Take the CPAP machine out from the carrying case when you go through the TSA line. The machine will need to be screened, making it necessary to pack a clear plastic bag to protect the parts from having contact with germs. The other accessories and items that you’ve packed can stay in the carrying case.
Test the Machine
Before you pack your CPAP machine, make sure to test the equipment in advance. Inspecting the parts and looking for any signs of damage or wear and tear is also important. This will allow you to determine if any repairs are needed to ensure it’s reliable when you use it in a new setting.
It’s also necessary to test the accessories to ensure everything works correctly. Replacing old supplies can prevent them from breaking when they’re worn down and can become damaged easier when they’re transported to a new location. Purchase a new air filter, tube, and CPAP battery to ensure you’re prepared.
To feel more prepared, find another alternative to the CPAP machine to ensure you can stay safe while sleeping and don’t have to rely on the device. Sleep therapy is a proven method that can reduce snoring and make it easier to sleep well without suffering from sleep apnea. In addition, you can undergo a consultation from a company that can provide you with non-surgical sleep options, which can give you more freedom to travel without worrying about packing a CPAP machine.
CPAP machines are known to be large and bulky, making them a struggle to take with you when you also have your luggage in tow. However, by following a few proven tips, it can be easier to pack the equipment and prevent damage that can occur when you’re traveling.