Vacationing With CPAP Therapy
Read Our Checklist From Family 1st Medical’s Dawn Oliver, RRT Before You Go.
First and foremost, make sure you take your CPAP unit with you!
Some people don’t want the hassle of dragging another bag when travelling. Dawn encourages clients to think about how they were feeling before they started CPAP therapy. Nobody wants to feel tired, cranky, and worn out when they’re on vacation.
The next step, she says, is to do your homework.
Check ahead to see if you will require power adaptors for your CPAP unit. All newer machines that Family 1st sells and rents have universal power supplies that can adapt to various voltages when travelling on international trips. An extension cord is also a good idea, since power outlets near your bed may be used by lamps or alarm clocks.
She also encourages her clients to think about supplies. For example, you’ll want to confirm that distilled water is available at your destination. If you’re unsure, Dawn says most airlines and countries allow you to transport water in an unopened container in your luggage (but always check in advance to be sure). If your trip is going to be lengthy, you might want to invest in an extra mask, or at least an extra silicone pillow, in case your luggage is damaged or stolen.
Finally there’s the all-important (and ever frustrating) matter of airport security.
Because your CPAP unit is a medical device, it doesn’t count as part of your carry-on luggage. But be ready: airport security will likely ask you to open the bag for them to inspect it. She also suggests bringing your prescription as well as the manual for the CPAP unit and humidifier.
Whether you’re travelling or not, Dawn says she’s always available to help and will answer any questions you might have. She’s been an RRT with Family 1st Medical in Antigonish since 2008 and has lived there her whole life.
I became an RRT to make a difference in peoples’ lives and anyone who comes to see me will discover how deeply I care about my clients, and how much I enjoy helping them.
Family 1st Medical is proud to have professional, caring staff like Dawn at all six of our locations across Nova Scotia. To reach a member of our team at the office closest to you, call 1-800-565-2021 or to reach Dawn directly, call (902) 863-8178.
Have a great trip!