It’s summertime, and for a lot of people, that means it’s time for a vacation. If you have sleep apnea and require a CPAP machine to sleep soundly at night, you can still go on vacation, too. Just make sure to follow these tips to make the trip go smoothly.
Don’t Skip Your CPAP
It might be tempting to skip the hassle and not bring the CPAP for a week-long trip, but you’ll sleep so much better with it that the effort is worth it. Taking a smaller, travel-sized CPAP will ensure your nights pass smoothly.
You’ll need a power source, especially if you’re going camping or to a country with different power outlets. Either bring a portable power source, such as a battery, or the appropriate outlet converter. Research ahead of time and see what makes the most sense for your trip.
Keep It in Your Carry-on
If you’re traveling by plane, keep your CPAP in your carry-on. That way you don’t have to worry about losing your CPAP if your luggage gets lost, or spend the flight uncertain if it became damaged in the hull. Also, if you plan on sleeping during the flight, this way you’ll have it available for your use.
Inform the Airline
Confirm with your airline that CPAPs are permitted and that you can bring yours onboard. With so many regulations, checking ahead of time will minimize the hassle come the day of your flight.
More than that, if you’re going to use your CPAP during the flight, make sure to tell the airline when you purchase your tickets, to ensure you can be seated near a power source.
Get a Note from Your Doctor
A note from your doctor’s office and a medical certificate saying that your CPAP is necessary for your basic survival will make sure you cannot be denied entry. It gives the legal documentation to show that your CPAP machine is in fact what you claim it is, and hopefully answer any questions. Don’t forget your prescription, either. If your CPAP breaks down, the prescription will allow you to get a new one, no matter where you are. Don’t risk getting stranded without one.
You never know what will happen while traveling, so have a back-up plan. Either an extra battery pack or more than once power cord will suffice. Thankfully, most modern travel-friendly CPAP machines come with adjustable settings for different outlets, but it’s never a bad idea to have a back-up, just in case.