Thanks everyone for all these responses. So much to think about. We are frequent flyers and have been for many years traveling across country at least a couple times a year. I have always been one to do everything I can to be hassle free going through security. Wearing leggings (no pockets - no belts); slip on boots or sandals (depending on the weather); taking my iPad that I don't have to remove from my carry-on bag (I see my husband and daughter removing their laptops and always happy I didn't have that hassle); carrying my watch and any other heavy jewelry in my purse until after getting through security; if I have to wear a coat (being from Western NY - our winters can get nasty) I wear a light weight one I can easily tuck into my carry on bag once inside the airport so I don't have to handle that through security. I am very organized about it and have it down to a science.
When told I would need to go on CPAP, my first thought was 'what about traveling with it'. Admittedly it causes me a bit of angst just having to deal with the security and the thought about hauling an extra bag. Purse and duffle bag can gets heavy carrying them on a brisk walk hurrying to gates. Arriving at our destination so late I casually mentioned to my family maybe I will just not wear CPAP that first night when I know all I can think about is falling into bed. That thought didn't go over so well with them LoL! I was quickly overruled!
I guess I am not inclined to change the clock. West Coast is 3 hrs. behind and as Paula02 mentioned maybe that would mess things up from data the previous day. When I talked with the DME about the time change and messing up the timeline they said not to worry about it and it would be fine. The conversation never arose about changing the time on it. At the time I didn't think to ask if I should or should not do that. Seems they would have mentioned it if they wanted me to. We are expected to arrive and get settled in hotel around 3 am East Coast time. So with the noon turn over time, seems like I should be in the clear with at least getting my 4 hrs in before it turns over to the next day. My math skills are not great with figuring it all out. But I told the DME so I guess that is the best I can do at forewarning them. If my compliance is not interrupted between now and then, I will be done with it by the time we travel home.
Kate, good idea making a copy of the card just in case. I guess it never hurts to do that. I would not have thought about that.
PaulaO2 ... yes my husband and daughter are traveling too. We are celebrating New Years in Las Vegas. Our daughter recently turned 21 and will be receiving her undergraduate diploma this month. This trip is for her. It is great she still wants to do vacations with us and those times are winding down. She leaves next summer to go away to graduate school. She will be spending her first spring break (away from us) with her college friends this coming spring. Mom and Dad will be on our own this spring! Maybe I will be feeling 10 years younger from CPAP by then.
I already plan to assign the family to help me. The CPAP has benefits for them too so they can 'share the load'
I did see that strap on the back of my S9 bag and wondered it's purpose. Now I know! I don't usually take the wheeled suitcases on the plane with me (just a duffle bag and purse). The smallest wheeled suitcase is usually packed with all our toiletries that can't go through security, so I check it and a larger one with clothes. But the strap will come in handy when departing baggage claim and getting a taxi. We usually go to the rental agency when arriving. That requires dragging everything to the shuttle bus that takes us to the rental center then dragging everything to the car. This time we decided to just take a taxi and get a car a couple days later. We are staying longer than usual and it will cut down on the cost by waiting. We can get by with the shuttles for a few days. So it is good to know that tap water will be ok in my machine. Good thought about the chlorine smell and using bottled water. I won't drink tap water because I don't like the taste. We have well water at home and I am not accustomed to the chlorine taste. Large bottled water is available in the hotel's store and would probably fill the humidifier a couple times.
Zonk ... thanks for pointing out how warm it is for you Down Under. It is currently 23 degrees F here and with the breeze 'feels like' 11 degrees F (according to the weather channel). And snow showers posted for the next 10 days. When I retire, we may be relocating to the West Coast during the winter months.