Can I Travel with CPAP?

Reasons Why You Shouldn't Leave Home Without It

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When planning a trip, you may wonder: Can I travel with CPAP? On the other hand, is it something you would even think to travel without? Consider whether you should make room in your luggage for your CPAP or if you should just leave it at home.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a highly effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. However, it may seem like an inconvenience if you are planning to travel.

Whether you are taking a weekend excursion or traveling often on business, it may be important for CPAP to be part of your plans.

First, there is little danger of not using your CPAP. You will return to your baseline difficulty breathing in sleep. This may take several days to evolve, as you will have some residual benefit from the treatment. Swelling of the airway that occurs in snoring and sleep apnea will gradually return when you stop therapy. With it, symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness and other signs of sleep apnea will also come back. These effects are unlikely to be life-threatening, but they could nevertheless put a hamper on your wanderings.

If you plan to go hiking or camping away from a power source, you might wonder how you will use your CPAP. Fortunately, there are options available for a CPAP battery to keep you powered up and breathing comfortably.

It is possible to take the CPAP through airport security.

In fact, you should always carry the CPAP device onto the plane to prevent damage to it. Most are small enough to fit in your luggage. However, you can also bring the CPAP tote bag as an extra carry-on without facing additional charges. It is a medical device and will be accommodated accordingly. Security and airline personnel are familiar with these devices, and you do not need to have a letter from your doctor explaining its function.

One caution when traveling abroad would relate to the water that you pour into the humidifier tank. As recommended by the manufacturers, you should stick with distilled water, especially in international locales where the safety of the water sources may be questionable. It is theoretically possible – in certain regions of the world – for a parasitic amoeba to infect you with tainted water, especially if used with a Neti pot. Therefore, it is always better to be on the safe side in the water that you use.

It is not only possible but recommended that you travel with your CPAP. You will have more energy during your trip and ensure the other benefits of your treatment persist. Moreover, your travel companions will be pleased to not have to struggle with insomnia in the hotel if you should resume snoring.

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