travelling with a CPAP machine for apnea

Jul 15th, 2005, 02:49 PM
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For carrying your CPAP, I would look for one of the shoulder bags that has a sleeve along one side so it can be mounted on your roller (the handle from the roller goes through the sleeve, so the bags can be rolled as a single unit). The shoulder bag should easily fit under the seat in front of you, and its also a handy way to carry the stuff you want to get to during the flight.
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Jul 15th, 2005, 02:58 PM
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..just a quick comment. If your machine is dual voltage, you will obviously not need a converter. You will need a plug adaptors...these just allow your 2 prong N.A. plug (I assume) to be plugged into the European can buy them in any travel store..just be sure you have the correct ones for the countries you are visiting.
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Jul 15th, 2005, 03:39 PM
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I know it's been said before....but you absolutely MUST travel with an extension cord.
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Jul 15th, 2005, 07:15 PM
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I can't stress too much the importance of treating your machine gently. Last year, after 8 years' use, something shook loose in my ResMed machine - in north China, and the nearest agent was in Hong Kong. We managed the next 10 days by staying in two-room mini-suites (fortunately affordable in China), but it didn't do much for my mood.

I doze on long flights but so far I haven't been found guilty of snoring - must be the upright position. All the same, I'd be interested in one of those plastic gizmos.
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Jul 15th, 2005, 08:33 PM
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The buzz on the jaw repositioning plastic thingy is that it provides 50% improvement to 50% of patients.

I just bought one of the same Puritan-Bennett machines mentioned by rizzuto (I assume) - it's tiny and fits into my computer carryon like it's not even there. I'll be taking it around the world starting in 10 days (first stop Oz, Neil) so I hope it's up to the task.
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Jul 17th, 2005, 04:19 AM
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TRSW -- While I don't ever like sleeping without a CPAP, I did it for years and years before anyone diagnosed my sleep apnea, so 3 or 4 nights a year aren't going to be disastrous. However, I do follow some common-sense guidelines: I drink lots of water to stay as hydrated as possible, and I avoid alcohol on the flight.

Gardyloo, I'm sure you'll love the P-B machine for its size and weight. Only 2 things about it that annoy me are (1)the on/off button is almost flush with the machine and not terribly easy to find (esp with the lights out), and (2)the shut-off is abrupt, not at all gradual like other machines. However, the travel advantages of the P-B outweigh the disadvantages by 20-1 for me.
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Jul 17th, 2005, 09:23 PM
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Thank you for the helpful info on bags. I will be checking into this soon. This is the first time I have tried to access this help in this way and it has been great thanks again.
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Aug 22nd, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Sep 16th, 2005, 08:15 AM
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My husband has apnea too, and he has traveled both internationally and domestically with no problem. Definitely take an extension cord as has been noted. In London he has asked for a transformer at the hotel desk explaining that it is for a breathing device. He got one every time with no problem. His machine is dual voltage but he felt more comfortable using the transformer so that there was no chance of ruining the machine. His Red-Med is a lightweight model that he uses both at home and traveling.
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