If you've recently started using a CPAP machine, you might be concerned about whether you'll still be able to travel. It might be possible to take your beside machine with you sometimes, but a travel machine would be better. These are much smaller than the machine you use every day, and they don't need to be plugged in to operate. Here are some things to know about travel CPAP machines.
Using A Machine For Airline Travel
If you fly frequently, you may want a travel machine you can carry easily and use while you nap on the plane. When you're shopping for your machine, be sure to look for one that's been approved by the FAA. Machines for airline travel are small, and some even have micro tubing and humidifiers that don't need water.
You can power your machine with a power supply at your seat if it's offered by your airlines. If you don't have a way to plug the machine in while you're on the plane, then you can rely on the built-in battery to provide you with several hours of treatment.
Using A Machine For Camping
If you take your CPAP machine camping, you might have a power supply if you have a site with electrical hookups and you stay in a camper or RV. If not, you'll need to rely on battery power, so it's important to know the battery life of the battery you use and also how long the battery needs to recharge until it's full again.
Another consideration about hiking and camping with a CPAP machine is the elevation. If you're going to hike, camp, or drive to a hotel in the mountains, check the elevation. Travel CPAP machines work differently at higher elevations where the air is thinner. Check the elevation where you intend to sleep and the elevation rating on your machine. Ask your pulmonary doctor about any changes you may need to make to your settings while you're at a higher elevation.
Using A Machine For Car Travel
Some travel CPAP machines are ideal for travel by car. They can be powered with a lighter adapter that connects the machine to the car's battery. These travel machines have a non-slip base, so they stay in place when the car turns or stops.
Your travel machine may be much smaller than what you use at home, but it is capable of providing the same type of treatment. You'll need your prescription to buy a travel CPAP machine even if you pay for it yourself rather than use insurance. A larger bedside model is ideal for home use, but when you're on the road, a small unit you can keep in your pocket or travel bag is a better choice because it is so convenient to use.
For more information, contact a CPAP machine supplier.