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Holiday Travel and Your CPAP

Posted on: December 7th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

The holiday season is here, and for many that means spending time with distant relatives. Whether you’re flying or driving, CPAP users will find a unique set of obstacles during their travels. But with the right preparation and knowledge, you and your CPAP can travel with ease.


  • Bring a travel CPAP machine.


Just like other forms of technology, CPAP machines have been getting smaller over time. However, the most compact ones are those made for travel. Because of their smaller size, travel CPAP machines are also easier to use in the space of a plane, car or hotel room. Some of them even have a DC mobile adapter added to them, so you can plug in while your partner drives.



  • You cannot be prevented from using your CPAP machine on the plane.


Make sure you alert your flight staff that you will require the use of a CPAP machine if you’re on an overnight flight. Since it is a medical device, you legally cannot be denied the use of your CPAP machine. However, many airlines only offer outlets in business or first class sections of the plane, so plan accordingly.


  • The TSA will likely examine your CPAP machine for explosives.


This is what’s known as an ETD, or Explosive Trace Detection. TSA officials will run a white cotton swab over the surface of your machine and test it for traces of explosives. Most TSA officials have seen a CPAP machine come through their line before, so it’s doubtful they will give you much trouble. Just like a laptop, you can leave all your supplies in the bag while they examine the machine itself.



While you may be tempted to skip out on your sleep apnea therapy during the holidays, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment encourages you to stay compliant. Without your CPAP machine, you may find yourself falling asleep during family gatherings or being short with those around you. If you need a CPAP machine for your next trip, check out our online catalog to see what we have in stock!

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