Joined: Jun 2013
Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
CPAP Pressure: 6
CPAP Software: SleepyHead
Location: Pacific Northwest United States
Just returned from a 12-day river cruise in Russia. The flights included going through airports in in our home city plus Seattle, Amsterdam, Moscow and St. Petersburg. This was my first CPAP trip abroad and I took my backup machine, a RemStar Pro M and left my ResMed S9 Autoset at home.
Traveling with the CPAP was no problem. It was obvious security people see a lot of machines as mine didn't get a second look except I had to open the case when we came BACK into the country in Seattle. And no one questioned me having the CPAP and a regular carry on bag.
The machine functioned perfectly on 220 volts -- all I needed was a plug adapter, the RemStar power supply automatically shifted to the higher voltage (almost every electrical appliance made today does).
Turned out I didn't have to use the humidifier at all as the humidity was pretty high throughout the trip (being on a boat). At home the humidifier is a must.
The 10-hour time difference causes some fairly serious jet lag but I felt the CPAP made it easier to sleep. In addition it made it easier to breath at night when I came down with a cold midway through the trip.
When I started CPAP in June I planned to leave it home for the trip because I thought taking it would be a hassle. But when the time came I decided I wouldn't be comfortable without it and, in fact, I think it actually made the trip more enjoyable.
Just thought some other newbys out there might get some info from my experience,
"Sometimes the magic works . . . and sometimes it doesn't" -- Chief Dan George in the movie Little Big Man
|10-01-2013 03:11 PM
Joined: Feb 2012
Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead
Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm
Location: western NC, USA
RE: Travel Report
Good! Sounds like you had some fun, too.
I'm glad you didn't meet any security hassles. Was the routine the same? Take it out of the bag?
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|10-01-2013 08:40 PM