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Homerec130 Offline

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Cruising with CPAP
I know there are several posts on this, but the search didn't bring anything up. My wife and I will be going on a cruise from Montreal to Boston this summer (as part of a longer trip) and of course I will be bringing my machine. I am trying to make sure I think of everything (even though I have already traveled extensively with my machine). I am not worried about the water as I can request distilled when I get on the ship.

Here are the extras I normally carry already:

1. Surge protector (already use one at the house)
2. 12 foot extension cord (grounded)
3. Spare filters (micro and foam)
4. Roll of vinyl tape (great for emergency hose repair)
5. Copy of script
6. Medical device tag on bag

I will most likely break out the new mask just before I leave to avoid that issue.

Any other ideas?
05-06-2014 01:23 PM
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Post: #2
RE: Cruising with CPAP
Hi Homerec130,
Sounds like you have got it together. Hang in there for more suggestions and have a nice cruise.

trish6hundred
05-06-2014 02:48 PM
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Post: #3
RE: Cruising with CPAP
Sounds like a fairly long trip. Do you need to take any special cleaning supplies with you?

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05-06-2014 03:02 PM
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RE: Cruising with CPAP
I was told that cruise lines will not let you use your own extension cord, but I checked [link removed] and no one seemed to have a problem. You may want to double check with your cruise line though.


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05-06-2014 03:13 PM
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RE: Cruising with CPAP
To ease your use of the ship's electrical system you'll need to get a set of Travel Adapter Plugs. I learned this the hard way: On our first cruise, the only standard, North American sockets were over the desk area and the ship provided an ugly, heavy duty extension cord to run across the room to the bed.

You should be able to get them at your favorite appliance store or from Amazon; a set is usually less than $10.


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05-06-2014 10:58 PM
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Post: #6
RE: Cruising with CPAP
(05-06-2014 01:23 PM)Homerec130 Wrote:  My wife and I will be going on a cruise from Montreal to Boston this summer...

You'd miss all that heat of a Tucson summer for the cool Atlantic?

I would guess that you will fly to your embarkation point. Pack your unit for flight. May I suggest you take two masks and pack them in separate bags. In case one gets broken by baggage handlers.

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05-07-2014 08:02 AM
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Homerec130 Offline

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Machine: Philips/Resperonics BiPAP auto SV Advanced System One (950P)
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CPAP Pressure: 6-16
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: But it is a dry heat.

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Location: Tucson, AZ

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RE: Cruising with CPAP
Justmongo - good thought, but not worried about baggage handlers as I will be hand carrying the machine myself in a padded case that works quite well. The mask goes into it's own bag (from my original machine) and the hose actually helps to keep everything in place. In addition, my wife's meds are in their own case and travel with it.

I hadn't thought about the plug converter, but will go through my old travel stuff and grab one. Already talked to the cruise line and they have no problem with the cord. Don't consider it a big deal as I will stash the machine when we are not in the cabin.

We will be at "sea" for 7 days and the rest of the trip we will be with family so I am not worried about cleaning supplies. I usually clean my mask in the shower anyway so that won't be a problem. 'The hose I will do in the sink. Most likely just before and after the cruise portion and then swap everything out when we get home.

Thanx all for the inputs. I pretty much thought of most of this, but I also look at it for someone who has never travelled with the hose before as to what they need to think of.
05-08-2014 01:51 PM
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Post: #8
RE: Cruising with CPAP
I did this a while back after I returned from a trip. I need to see if any of it has changed.
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...for-travel

My only additional advice is to take extra filters in case there is a smell you need to get rid of. That's been my number one issue while traveling. The filters are small and don't take up much room so take plenty. In my opinion.

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05-09-2014 07:08 PM
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Homerec130 Offline

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Machine: Philips/Resperonics BiPAP auto SV Advanced System One (950P)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Quatro FX
Humidifier: Philips Respironics System 1
CPAP Pressure: 6-16
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: But it is a dry heat.

Sex: Male
Location: Tucson, AZ

Post: #9
RE: Cruising with CPAP
Good call on the flat head extension cord. I'll have to dig one of those out.
05-10-2014 04:58 PM
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