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Traveling with a CPAP: Helpful Hints – RespShop.com

Traveling with CPAP Equipment: Taking Your Gear on the Go

Getting ready for a big trip? You may think that taking your CPAP gear with you will be a big hassle, but the right preparation will save you a lot of trouble. Whether you’re going on a short trek or flying across the world, RespShop can help make travel with a CPAP machine and other sleep apnea equipment practically painless. If you’re looking for a travel-friendly CPAP machine or want to take the one you already own on your next adventure, this guide will help ensure a comfortable, safe night’s rest while you travel.

If you’re taking a road trip or travel regularly, it may be worth your while to invest in a traveling CPAP machine, such as the Z1 Auto Travel CPAP Machine. This device — and others like it — are small, lightweight and travel-friendly for lengthy flights and drives. You can easily toss it in your carryon bag, glove box or purse without taking up precious suitcase space. These devices are equipped with travel-optimized features, including altitude adjustment and leak compensation technology, to work at their best while on the go.

Quick Tips for Traveling with a CPAP Machine

  • Keep your CPAP machine in your carry-on bag
  • Place it in a separate bag — such as a large Ziploc bag — for security check-in
  • Alert the security agents of your CPAP equipment
  • Ensure the humidifier chamber is completely dry and empty before boarding
  • Organize all of your equipment and components
  • Invest in a battery pack and extension cord to ensure that your CPAP is always powered
  • Buy a universal adapter if you’re traveling to a different country

Questions? RespShop offers excellent customer service and we’re always on hand to help answer your inquires via phone (866-936-3754) or e-mail (sales@respshop.com).

Travel CPAP Machines and Bags

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Traveling with a CPAP machine can be difficult. The machines generally aren’t light, packing a humidifier takes up precious space, and nobody wants to think about having their machine handled and tossed around by the TSA or airport loading personnel. Recent regulations now allow patients to take their equipment on the plane with them more conveniently than before, but the fact of the matter remains that CPAP machines don’t make great travel companions.

Well, some don’t anyway.

At RespShop, we carry a number of CPAP machines that were designed with the traveler in mind. Built lightweight and packable, these travel CPAP machines are built to withstand the rigors of the road without slowing you down on your way through security. The smallest of these machines fits in the palm of your hand and all of them offer the durability you’d expect to find in an everyday machine. For patients non-compliant with standard CPAP machines, we even carry a couple of automatic machines. Read on for an in-depth look at our line of travel products!

Automatic Travel CPAP Machines

rp_apex-medical-xt-prime-travel-cpap-machine.jpgRespShop carries two different models of automatic CPAP machines: the APEX XT Auto and the Transcend Auto Travel CPAP machine. The APEX device offers all of the comfort features you’d expect in a top machine. In addition to automatic pressure variation, the XT Auto comes with a user friendly interface, an internal power supply, and a heated humidifier. Without the humidifier the APEX is about the size of a typical alarm clock (the humidifier can be attached and detached easily) but the Transcend Auto is even smaller. Tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Transcend still offers users pressure relief and the option of using a heated humidifier or a waterless humidifier for patients short on space.

XT Line of Machines

Beyond the XT Auto, APEX’s line of XT machines offers something for every CPAP user. For patients concerned about price, the XT Fit offers comfortably automatic pressure for just $189, making it the most inexpensive CPAP device on the market. Users who want a few more features might be interested in the XT Fit or the XT Prime. The Sense is built with leak compensation – which detects when your mask slips off and increases pressure to compensate for the lost air – while the Prime includes both leak compensation and PVA, which reduces pressure during exhalation. All APEX machines are available both with and without a humidifier.

Other Options

We also carry two other CPAP machines from Transcend: the Transcend EZEX Travel Machine and the Transcend II Travel Machine. The EZEX comes with EPR, a humidifier, and a simple interface in a package that weighs just a pound. The Transcend II weights just a little bit more and is built compatible with several overnight battery options. It comes with a standard wall plug in and a built in battery that will switch on automatically in the event of a power outage.

Carrying Your Equipment

Whether you’re a globetrotter or an occasional weekend traveler, anyone who has ever taken a CPAP machine on the road with them knows that they aren’t always the easiest things to pack. Machines can be big and bulky and if you’re trying to economize, it can be difficult to find room for the machine, all accessory equipment, and any other items you want to bring on your travels. Put it this way: you never want to have to choose between bringing your humidifier and taking a toothbrush.

Fortunately, we carry a number of travel CPAP bags. The bags – made by ResMed, Respironics, and DeVilbiss – are built for specific machines, although most of these bags will be able to fit all of your equipment regardless of what kind of device you have. Each bag comes with a large pocket big enough to fit your machine and several pockets that can store anything else you might want to bring along, including your humidifier. The bags are lightweight and durable and should be able to store twenty pounds of equipment without stressing the straps.

The bottom line here is that you don’t have to feel restricted by your CPAP machine while you’re on the road. With our selection of travel devices and bags that can efficiently carry your equipment, you’ll be able to travel in style without compromising your therapy. Check out our line of travel items and get back on the road with your CPAP equipment!

 

Traveling with a CPAP

Travel CPAP machines are lighter and easier to carry while you're on the road.

Travel CPAP machines are lighter and easier to carry while you’re on the road.

Traveling with a CPAP Machine

CPAP therapy is intended to help everyone who suffers from sleep apnea, whether they be a homebody, occasional traveler or frantic adventurer. Even so, sleep apnea patients who do find themselves frequently on the go have a different set of concerns, wants and needs when compared with more stationary patients. Highly mobile patients generally require smaller, more compact machines; they typically need batteries with wide compatibility; and they benefit from integrated humidification systems.

Below are two general tips which should be of use to every sleep apnea patient who travels frequently. Next is a series of tips which pertain specifically to taking your CPAP machine and other equipment when flying on an airplane. Lastly, three machines which are particularly “travel friendly” are examined to give mobile patients a sense of what’s currently available on the market.

All Purpose Tips for Traveling with a CPAP Machine

(1) Check your CPAP battery power level – only if your machine has a battery

Whether you’re getting ready to embark on a camping trip, business excursion or family vacation, you should always check the power level on your CPAP machine so you have a sense of how long it can function before it needs to be recharged.

(2) Prepare for the extra weight

CPAP machines and their associated accessories come in a wide range of sizes and weights. Although the CPAP machines designed specifically for travel are noted for their lightness, other machines will be significantly less convenient to carry around. If you’re taking an extended trip which requires that you regularly change cities and hotels, it’s important that you prepare for the additional stress that your CPAP equipment will bring about. Lugging around your CPAP machine from city to city could become tedious quickly, so it’s important that you prepare yourself accordingly.

Flying with Your CPAP System

(1) Always carry on your equipment

It’s strongly recommended that you carry on your CPAP equipment as opposed to checking it. Carrying on your CPAP equipment will give you greater control over the safety of your items: you won’t have to worry about your equipment becoming lost as occasionally happens when things are checked. What’s more, your CPAP equipment is much less likely to suffer damage if it’s carried on rather than checked. Before carrying on, however, make sure that you pack all of your equipment in a bag with something soft to cushion it throughout travel. Most CPAP items are relatively fragile – including the carrying case for your machine – and so it’s best to be extra cautious.

(2) Be conscious of your power compatibility

Flyers, particularly those flying overseas, need to be aware of the compatibility of their battery. Some batteries may function perfectly well anywhere in the United States, but might require an adapter to work internationally. You don’t want to be stuck without the means to charge your machine!

(3) Alert the airline beforehand

Before you travel on an airplane with your CPAP machine and accessories, it’s vitally important that you alert the airline that you’ll be bringing it along. Alerting the airline will enable your airline to make any necessary accommodations prior to your flight. Moreover, before flying you should acquire a sticker which should be placed on the bag containing your equipment so that others are aware of the contents.

Top Travel CPAP Machines

If you travel for business or pleasure frequently you have no reason to fret or panic: there are a variety of CPAP machines available which have been constructed specifically to meet your demands.

At just 10 ounces – with humidifier! – the Z1 Portable Travel CPAP is presently the lightest machine on the market. It comes with Z-Breathe pressure relief technology and can be equipped with an integrated battery system (known as PowerShell).

The EZEX Pressure Relief Portable CPAP Machine by Transcend is another travel friendly device which frequent flyers should take notice of. The EZEX by Transcend weighs just 15 ounces and comes with universal power adapters so patients will be able to power the machine in international settings. Transcend machines also have single and multi night battery options.

Finally, the XT Line from APEX Medical are palm sized CPAP machines that make traveling with a CPAP easy. Machines in the XT Series are likewise very light in weight – just 1.76 pounds – and comes with an inbuilt power supply adds to its portability. The XT comes with a carrying case which makes it easier to bring along on flights; users who intend to travel internationally will need to procure a power outlet adapter to keep the device charged.

Popular Travel CPAP Machines

Travel CPAP Machines

APEX XT Prime CPAP Machine

Is there really a “best” travel CPAP machine? I’ll answer with this, is there really a best CPAP machine? The answer is no for both, as the machine you choose may have the features you require for treating your sleep apnea, while others may need something different with their machine. As with all CPAP therapy, also known as continuous positive airway pressure, travel machines can come with a long list of features that may or may not be useful to you as a user. While you may require a humidifier, others won’t, and some users love having an auto machine while others may prefer that their pressure is set at a consistent level throughout the night. Traveling with a CPAP machine, like owning an at home device, has become complicated, that’s why this blog and subsequent video should help you navigate the slew of sleep apnea therapy devices that we carry at Respshop.

First, what is the difference between a travel machine and a standard machine? Typically, the weight and size are much different than say a ResMed S9 or Respironics System One 60 Series machine. At Respshop, when we say travel, we really mean that you should use it for shorter periods of a time rather than every day as a standard machine. That’s not to say that these machines will deliver less, whether it’s the APEX XT line, or the Transcend series, all of these machines are going to deliver the optimal pressure that you require for your CPAP therapy, and a lot of time they come with unique features that make traveling easier.

Going on a vacation where you won’t have consistent power? Maybe you’re going camping and need to use your CPAP machine, that’s when the Transcend or Z1 machines become must haves. The Z1 (which is the smallest and possibly most unique machine available for sale due to the fact that it’s roughly the size of a smartphone) has a power shell and overnight battery that will allow you to use your machine without plugging it in, while the Transcend has two different battery options, including an overnight and a multi night battery, as well as a solar charger that will allow you to charge said batteries and use your machine for longer trips, a must have for frequent campers or back backers going on longer vacations!

APEX machines do not have battery options but are perfect for travelers staying in locations where they do have full access to power outlets as the XT line is palm sized and has four different machines, from the basic XT fit to the advanced XT auto machine, giving you a multitude of options to choose from when picking the best travel companion for treating your sleep apnea therapy. APEX also has the iCH auto machine, which has a built in humidifier and is powerful enough to be an everyday machine and small enough to pack on the go! APEX has long been known for their travel CPAP machines, and their latest and newest additions are some of the smallest CPAPs available on the market.

At Respshop, we carry all of these machines and the lowest prices. Get in touch with our customer service department from Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm pacific standard time to learn more about traveling with a CPAP machine and the list of Travel CPAP Machines that we carry and start getting treatment for your sleep apnea sooner rather than later!

 

APEX XT Travel CPAP Machines

At Respshop, we carry C-PAP machines and devices from the best manufacturers in the industry, most notably ResMed, Respironics, Fisher and Paykel, and DeVilbiss. But being one of the leading suppliers for continuous positive airway pressure machines on the ecommerce market means that we have the ability to reach deals with several manufacturers of sleep apnea therapy equipment, which allows us to sell some of the most unique devices created at the lowest prices!

One of our most popular selling series machines comes from APEX, manufacturers of the extremely popular, portable, travel CPAP machines, the XT series! At Respshop, we carry four different APEX XT Travel CPAP Machines, from the basic XT Fit which costs only 189 dollars, to the top of the line XT Auto machine, which is equipped with all of the functions you expect from more expensive CPAP machines, including Pressure Relief, which users who have been undergoing therapy for some time have come to expect with all of their machines, whether it’s the ResMed S9 AutoSet, the most popular and bestselling machine on the market, to the newest travel machines, users want to know that their comfort is being taken into account no matter the size of the machine!

APEX has long been a creator of CPAP machines, and the XT series is the latest and most unique design that they have come out with! Fitting in the palm of your hand, the XT line is perfect for users who are on the go and want to purchase a top quality machine at a lower price, one that they can easily carry around. Traveling with a CPAP has never been easier, and knowing that you have the perfect companion machine to pair with a bulkier machine, or for users who are just looking for a smaller set up while undergoing treatment for their sleep disorder, APEX has you covered. These machines are all available with and without heated humidifiers, and all four in the series are unique and tailored to fit a multitude of users with different needs for their sleep apnea.

We have attached a video that will give you a little more information, and if you’re interested in learning more about the APEX XT series of machines, call our customer service department at 866-936-3754. We guarantee that Respshop has the best prices on this unique travel machines, as well as all of the machines, CPAP Masks (like the most popular Respironics ComfortGel Blue), and accessories on the internet, and if you find a better price, we’ll match it!