If you are a CPAP user and you like to travel, you will want to carry your machine with you at all times. Luckily, this is a very easy and simple thing, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Don’t forget that you should carry your sanitizer unit and CPAP cleaning bag as well. Anyway, we will cover all the main aspects of the content below.
Is A Travel Bag Mandatory?
The short answer is yes, you do need a travel bag to carry your CPAP machine. This isn’t the same as a CPAP cleaning bag. We will explain the difference later on. CPAP machines are durable and strong, but they are also sensitive and you can damage a component while carrying it in ordinary luggage. Investing in a bag or hard-shell suitcase is a smart idea. Keep in mind that this applies when driving or flying. Most machines do come with special cases that are designed specifically for that machine. This is an excellent investment.
If you damage your CPAP machine while traveling, you won't able to use it, which will cause a huge issue. You need to find a replacement part in a different country and there are compatibility issues as well. Making sure you arrive at your destination with 100% working CPAP is essential.
Don’t forget that if you are flying, luggage handlers are not very sensitive to your luggage. You can end up with a severely damaged or ruined device that will need to be replaced any time soon. Try to avoid this at all costs.
Adapters And Power Source Facts
One, important question is can you use your CPAP machine once you reach the destination? Most if not all modern models are designed to work on 100-240 volts which is excellent. It means you can use it in all parts of the globe. There is no need for any, additional piece of equipment.
Some machines even come with converters and inverters. These allow you to run the machine on 12/24V. These devices allow you to use your CPAP machine in a car or anywhere with a cigarette lighter outlet. Yes, you can use them in a boat or anywhere else.
There is one issue. Some power outlets in a different country are different than the cable your machine has. These two are not compatible. This means that you will have to carry an adapter that will bypass the difference and allow you to use your CPAP machine. Luckily for you, there are special, versatile adapters that can be used for any socket. On the other hand, we can see adapters that are designed to bypass one socket type only. You can either look at the power outlets in the country where you are traveling, or you can get a universal adapter and use your CPAP machine all over the globe. The power adapters are generally sold according to the country where they can be used, so this is an interesting method to select the right one.
In case you are far away from electricity while traveling, you should use power stations. These are special products made by the same company that makes your CPAP machine. It is generally a battery that can power the machine for days.
While traveling with your CPAP, you will need a separate or strong suitcase to carry the machine, and a device to clean your CPAP. All of these are compact and won't occupy a lot of space while carrying. Keep in mind that there may be a need for a power adapter or a power station depending on when you are traveling. On the other side, you can use your CPAP machine regardless of where you are traveling at the moment.