The time of year for travel is here now! All over the world, this is the time that travelers get active. Sleep apnea patients can rest assured, traveling with a CPAP is very possible and it should not hold you back from the enjoyable experience vacation can bring you. It is vital for sleep apnea patients not to stop using a CPAP when they are on vacation; being tired every day would not make for a good vacation. In 2016, traveling with your CPAP is easier than ever and should not be looked upon as a burden. More good news is that as PAP machines become more of a widespread treatment for sleep apnea, they have become more widely recognized. Some important things to remember when traveling with your CPAP :
When At The Airport:
- CPAP machines should always be carry-ons. Call your airline and see their specific requirements. Rules for PAP machines vary depending on the airline and the country of departure.
- Transportation Security Administration in the United States have been gone through training about PAP machines and require them to be X-rayed. It may be helpful to bring a plastic bag to wrap it in for this process.
- Because of recent terrorist attacks, your CPAP may be chosen at random for an Explosives Trace Detection test. This is normal and there is no reason to panic.
- Keep a copy of your prescription handy just in case authorities question you about the device
- Bring plenty of extra supplies, especially cushions and nasal pillows
- Most power supplies for CPAPs can for any voltage, and work in different countries with the proper outlet adapter. No voltage converter necessary.
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Carlton Lewis, Guest Author, is a marketing coordinator and health blog writer for Apnea Pros.