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Always take your PAP device with you when you travel. Even if you're only gone for a few days, your PAP device will help you enjoy your trip even more by giving you the restful sleep you need.
Humidification - Traveling with a humidifier
• Always empty the water chamber before packing your PAP machine. Leaving water in the chamber can cause permanent damage to your machine, meaning you'll have to go without therapy during your trip.
• Tap water, especially from other countries, can be harmful. Always use distilled water.
Traveling without power
• If you plan to go camping, purchase a batter pack or travel device.
Bring your own pillow
• Bringing your own pillow may make sleeping on a plan, in a car, or a hotel much more comfortable.
• It may also help you sleep better, which makes for a more relaxing holiday experience.
To optimize sleep while traveling, check out the CPAPMax Pillow available at our Sleep Support Center. It is specially designed with PAP users in mind. The CPAPMax Pillow accommodates all masks and sleep styles, reducing leaks and mask pressure.
Call our Sleep Support Center at 877-247-2352 to purchase the CPAPMax Pillow today!
Traveling with your PAP device isn’t as hard as you might think. A PAP device does not count as carry-on luggage under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. They are allowed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security once they've been screened by an X-ray. If the X-ray cannot see through all parts of the device, additional screening may be necessary. Here are some tips to help you through it:
• Take your device in a carry-on bag. If you place it in a checked bag and the bag is misplaced, you'll have to go without your PAP therapy.
• Let a security officer know of your device and any special requirements before the screening process begins.
• Your PAP device will have to be removed from the carrying case, so we recommend putting it in a clear plastic bag to keep it clean. Facemasks and tubing can remain in the case.
• If your PAP device requires additional screening, request that security wears gloves to be sanitary.
• If you plan to use your PAP devicee while on the airplane, it’s important to check with your airline's policy regarding PAP usage. Some airlines require a minimum of 48-hour notice of use of inflight PAP devices to verify that your model meets FAA standards and regulations.
• For international travel, most PAP devices will “auto-convert” (100–240V & 50–60 Hz). A plug adapter will still be required.
For more information on TSA policies, refer to their website at www.tsa.gov or click here for FAQs from the FAA.