Travelling with CPAP. What to do and what not to do

Travelling with CPAP. What to do and what not to do

Traveling with a CPAP machine can be a bit of a hassle, but with the right preparation, it can be done smoothly. Here are some tips on what to do and not do when traveling with a CPAP machine:


  • Pack your CPAP machine in your carry-on luggage. This will ensure that your machine stays with you at all times and won't get lost or damaged during travel.
  • Bring along a copy of your prescription for your CPAP machine. This will be useful if you need to prove to airport security or airline staff that your machine is a medical device.
  • Pack extra supplies, such as extra filters, hoses, and mask parts, in case of any unexpected issues.
  • Contact your airline ahead of time to let them know that you will be traveling with a CPAP machine. Some airlines may have specific requirements or policies for traveling with medical devices.


  • Pack your CPAP machine in checked luggage. This can increase the risk of damage or loss during travel.
  • Forget to bring along your power cord and any other accessories you need to use your machine.
  • Neglect to clean your machine before and after your trip. A dirty machine can cause health problems and make it less effective.
  • Be shy to ask for help. If you have any problems or questions, don't hesitate to ask the airline staff or airport security for assistance.

By following these tips, you can make sure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible and you can continue to receive the benefits of your CPAP therapy while travelling. It is always good idea to consult with your doctor or therapist before travelling and make sure you have all the necessary documents and prescriptions ready, so as to avoid any issues with authorities and airlines.

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