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Traveling with a CPAP?

Easy job!

Summer is the peak tourist season, and everyone may be planning to travel abroad. For CPAP users, they are always struggling when packing their luggage – should I take my CPAP? You might have so many concerns in the past, because the CPAP was bulky. However, many lightweight CPAP options have been launched on the market in the recent years, which are very suitable for travel or business trip.

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Notify the Airline

Since each airline has different guidelines or regulations for carrying a CPAP on board, it is recommended to call the airline to confirm the details or browse the website of each airline before booking a flight, and notify the airline 3-5 days before boarding, tell them the brand and the model of the CPAP you will bring on board.

Bring the Supporting Documents

Professional healthcare providers will provide you with a “boarding slip” that lists detailed information such as the brand, model, size and serial number of the CPAP. You should also bring a valid doctor’s prescription and CPAP instruction for proof.

Bring Travel Adapter

Most CPAP today universal voltage that can automatically convert to adapt different voltage systems worldwide. Before you go, you only need to check the type of plug used in the local area and bring the appropriate travel adapter.

Avoid packing CPAP in check-in luggage

To ensure your CPAP will not be damaged or lost during transit, it is recommended to keep your CPAP with you, and use a travel bag to carry it on board. You should place your CPAP under the seat in front of you during all phases of flight to ensure safety.

Airport Security

When passing the airport security check, you should take the CPAP out of your travel bag and place in a plastic bin independently for x-ray screening, just like electronic products such as laptops or mobile phones. Don’t worry, x-ray screening will not affect the CPAP.

Essential checks before your journey.

Traveling with a CPAP can be handy!

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*If you have any questions, please check with your healthcare provider or the relevant airline. Wishing you a happy and healthy journey!

Reference:

[1] US Transportation Security Administration (TSA): https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures?field_disability_type_value=8%20

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