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How can I travel with my CPAP machine? 5 Tips for a great night sleep away from home.

Published on September 29, 2022

4 minutes

Don’t let your CPAP hold you back from heading out on the road this summer. Enjoy sleeping under the stars, visiting the cottage and that scenic road trip worry-free with these 5 simple travel tips.

1. No access to a power outlet?

Don’t worry, you can power your CPAP machine using a 12V deep cycle marine battery and a DC battery adapter cable or shielded DC power cord. You can also use an inverter if your CPAP device does not have a built-in transformer. The experts at VitalAire will be able to help you!

2. Test your machine

Before heading out on your adventure, test your CPAP machine's performance by running it on your battery at home. If it’s not working properly, you’ll have enough time to have it fixed or replaced if needed so you don’t go one night without your therapy

3. Plan ahead

Plan what you’ll need to bring with you, like your cleaning essentials, ahead of time. Make a checklist of the items you may need in advance so you don’t forget anything. Learn best practices for cleaning here

4. Distilled water is best

Depending on how you plan on travelling and where you’re going, try to bring enough distilled water for the length of your trip. Use bottled water when you can’t access distilled water but be aware that it contains minerals which will crystallize in your hose and mask after about a week of use. You can clean that with a bit of white vinegar.

5. Don’t forget about comfort

Don’t forget your favorite pillow, blanket, or any other comfort item you may need to get the same great sleep you get at home. 

Remember, never power your CPAP device with your standard car battery, or an outlet in your car - it will flatten the battery before morning. If you use oxygen as part of your therapy, never power your CPAP device from a battery. A spark from the battery terminals could create a fire hazard.

For short trips or if you travel frequently, you may also benefit from a  special travel CPAP machine (portable CPAP). Travel-sized CPAP machines can fit into small spaces, such as backpacks and are light enough not to add too much extra weight. Travel CPAP machines run on batteries and are designed for travel convenience. 

Travel CPAP machines are meant for short term use, since they are battery powered. Often people will purchase one for travel and keep their machine at home. Travel machines are also packed with advanced features and are often much easier to use in a car, tent or on a plane. 

Find additional information on traveling with a CPAP machine, visit our CPAP travel page for the most recent products and offerings. Learn more about our current promotion to see how you can travel care-free this summer.

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RedMed AirMini

The world's smallest travel CPAP machine

With summer right around the corner, don’t let your CPAP machine hold you back from planning a short getaway. 

RedMed AirMini

RedMed AirMini The world's smallest travel CPAP machine

With the ResMed AirMini you will experience the same great quality sleep as with your regular CPAP machine. The AirMiniTM features the same proven therapy and technology as the larger ResMed AirSense 10 machine. Which means, taking that camping trip, visiting the cottage or heading out on the open road is just a click away.

The ResMed AirMiniTM travel machine is lighter and easier to travel with than your regular machine.

Features and benefits

  • The ResMed AirMini is the smallest portable CPAP machine on the market today
  • Worry less about packing water and enjoy effective waterless humidification
  • Continue to track your success with connectivity with the AirMini app
  • Take advantage of a premium travel bag and accessories for therapy on the go

For easier traveling and less packing, enjoy the proven ResMed technologies and features, like the waterless humidification system – HumidX™ and HumidX™ Plus. This one-of-a-kind technology captures the humidity from your own breathing and uses it to add humidity to the air you breathe.

Click here to find helpful information on traveling with your CPAP machine and learn best practices and tips for getting the most out of your CPAP machine while away from home.