Can I Travel With My CPAP Equipment?

Everyone lives a busy life nowadays.  Between working full time, raising a family, and trying to keep yourself happy and in good shape, it can be very difficult to keep your Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy as a priority.  Many people allow their therapy to slip by the wayside, believing that a few missed nights here and there are not a big deal.  Unfortunately, allowing this to become a habit can actually eliminate many of the benefits of your CPAP therapy.  It is important to keep up with your therapy in order to keep your Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) under control, and in the last few years, CPAP equipment has really become flexible, even when traveling.

Possibly the greatest achievement of the CPAP industry over the last few years is the reduction in machine size.  Where CPAP machines used to require your entire bedside table top, many now are as big as your hand.  The reduction in space means your machine will take up less room in your carry on bag, allowing an ease of travel that hasn’t always been possible.  Alongside this, nearly all CPAP machines are compliant with FAA regulations, meaning they can travel with you as easy as your laptop.  Long distance travel is no longer an issue with CPAP therapy, helping keep your OSA under control and you working towards better health.

There are a number of CPAP machines and accessories made exclusively for travel.  Machines like the APEX XT Fit and the Z1 Auto Travel machine have been designed with travel in mind.  Their small design is about as big as your hand, and many options feature battery or cordless options for when you’re on the go.  If you’re the outdoorsy type, check out our different power options.  There are numerous cords and battery options that allow you to power your CPAP machine from your car, RV, or boat, and some battery packs allow you to venture out to wherever you’d like even if there are no plugs for miles.  Wherever you choose to go, make sure you keep your therapy in mind.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not a complete guide to the products available to help you travel, but hopefully you now have a better idea of some of your options. Of course, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.


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Why Does the TSA Search My CPAP Machine?

Travelling is a beautiful past time, and many Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) patients who experience Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) naturally love to travel. That being said, patients are often surprised when they have to remove their CPAP machine while passing through the Transit Security Authority checkpoints at all major airports. The logic is that since the CPAP machine has moving electronic parts, an individual could reasonably hide a weapon or explosive inside without detection similar to a laptop. As a result, hundreds of thousands of CPAP using travelers have had the displeasure of removing their machine during the security process.


To Check or Not to Check?

The obvious choice then, is to simply check your luggage with your CPAP machine and mask so that you can quickly bypass the TSA line. Not so fast. According to Travel & Leisure Magazine, nearly 1.8 million pieces of checked luggage were lost in 2012. That’s a staggering number, and you could run the risk of losing the luggage that holds your CPAP equipment. Imagine your Hawaiian vacation encumbered with the effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea – not so fun, right?


Then What Can I Do?

Sadly, you just have to play the game and work through the hassle. One tip is to carry your doctor’s prescription in your CPAP travel bag. This document serves as a type of insurance in the event that the TSA agents question you about your Sleep Apnea and your affiliation with the CPAP machine. You can display your document and add legitimacy in the event of an issue, so you can continue passing through security and onto the flight uninterrupted. After all, Maui is waiting.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of how to accommodate the TSA security process. If you have a vacation home or cottage, consider purchasing a second CPAP machine to leave there so you can further cut down on the waiting time.