The awkward shape and size of CPAP devices has always posed a problem while traveling. However, in the last twenty-five years, CPAP devices have gained immense prominence due to several innovative additions and alterations. The contemporary CPAP models are quite handy and do not create much noise when in use. They are designed in a way to be easily transported from one place to another. The recent machines are capable of monitoring the oxygen levels of the user and it can even exercise control over the air-delivery procedure.
These specified features together with the innovatory CPAP mask can be comfortably set on the nose. They are not attached with straps and their aim is to lull you to a sleep, full of respite and comfort.
Now, the recent problem that CPAP users face while traveling is getting the permission to carry the device. The difficulty lies in the fact that you are not permitted to carry such machines by all airline companies. This is because until today CPAP devices have not been identified as life-sustaining machines. However, if you really have the necessity of carrying such devices you have to procure a letter of permission from the specified airline authorities.
Here is a fantastic news for you. New CPAP travel models are recently flooding the market. When you are going out for an international tour you must remember to carry your CPAP batteries and plug adapters. There are high chances that the machine might break while you are on the move especially at the time when your luggage is being checked so carry the necessary papers and be informed about the availability of the CPAP machines in foreign countries or care spares.
Essential tips on CPAP and air travel
During an international travel, try to adjust the voltage of your CPAP. This is necessary as the sort of electrical energies used in several countries are different. Therefore, there may be instances when you have to face problems during a break in your journey
Safely keep the device in a separate traveling kit. In addition to this, you can also request your flight attendant to store the equipment in the closet at the front of the plane. This is for an emergency use.
If by chance the travel CPAP model you are carrying is a humidification unit you must make sure that you have an adequate supply of pure and distilled water.
The other CPAP ‘must carry’ items include adapters (to convert the 3-prong plug to a 2-prong plug), spare fuses and extension cord CPAP Supply
Though not ‘a must’ but it is better that you, carry a doctor’s letter, which certifies your medical/sleep apnea condition. In addition to this, you must also carry a list of machine details, which may prove quite useful in case damage is caused to the CPAP machine during the air travel.
Finally, you should never forget to charge your CPAP battery before putting it carefully inside your traveling bag together with the CPAP device.
If you religiously follow the above-mentioned steps then CPAP and air travel will not anymore be a problem for you. Rather it may gift you a sleep, full of dreams and promises for the future.