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Your Guide to Travelling with Sleep Apnea

Posted by Janet Vanderveen on

For people who suffer from sleep apnea, travel can become a dilemma. Do you take your CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine with you, or do you try to get through without it?

For most people suffering from sleep apnea, symptoms return as soon as CPAP is stopped. It’s never a good idea to stop using your machine as tiredness and other sleep apnea symptoms could affect your trip. It’s important to remember that sleep apnea is a diagnosed condition and you don’t want to sacrifice your health.

If you’re wondering about sleep apnea, take a sleep quiz and find out more.

The good news is that travelling with sleep apnea doesn’t have to get you down. Some CPAP machines may be more portable than others but no matter what machine you use, travelling does not have to be a struggle. Here are a few tips on making your journey more comfortable.

Know your machine

Before you go, make sure you are familiar with your machine. Know the type and size of your CPAP mask and be aware of what treatment pressure you use. Carry your health insurance information, doctor’s contact number and the contact details for the company that supplied your equipment in case your machine breaks down while you are away.

Get airline approval

If you are travelling by air for a long distance, get approval from the airline if you plan to use your CPAP machine onboard. Some airlines permit their use and have outlets available whereas others may not have outlets or only have outlets in Business or First Class. If outlets aren’t available, it’s important to get a reliable battery to power your machine.

Be prepared with doctor notes and adapters

Take your CPAP machine on board as part of your carry on luggage; even if you do not intend to use it onboard; keeping it with you will reduce the risk of damage. Airport security will probably inspect and X-Ray the machine before letting you on the plane. In case there are any questions, have your prescription or a letter from your doctor to give to security if necessary.

When you are packing the equipment, make sure the CPAP machine and humidifier are separated and that the water is completely drained from the humidifier. If you are travelling overseas, get an adapter that allows you to plug in the machine in the country/countries you are visiting. It’s also advisable to carry an extension cord to insure that you can plug in your machine if the outlets are not located close to your bed.

Invest in a Travel CPAP

If you are a frequent flyer or if you like to travel by RV or go camping, a travel CPAP machine might be a good investment. Travel machines come in a variety of sizes with various features. Consider the weight of the machine and the number of components. A machine that is lighter with fewer components is easier to assemble and packs easily. Added features such as touch screen activation or built in USB charging ports can be helpful features if you want to plug in other devices.


Don’t leave restful, healing sleeps at home. Take them with you! Invest in an AirMini Travel CPAP. It’s the world’s smallest portable CPAP machine on the market today. Weighing less than a pound, this machine is built for your travelling convenience. How do you get it?  Book in for a FREE consultation and get fitted today!


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