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traveling, don't want to use humidifier
Going on vacation this summer for two weeks (yay!).  Will be flying, cruising, etc.  I would rather not have to deal with the distilled water and humidifier tub on my AirSense 10.   Any gadgets for helping with humidification w/o using the tub?  From my (years ago) experience in ICU with respirators, I remember there was a thingie called a "nose" that let the patient use their own natural humidification.   Anybody know?
thanks!
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#2
RE: traveling, don't want to use humidifier
You don't need to use distilled water. If the water's good enough to drink, it's good enough for your humidifier. Use bottled water if the local tap water is of uncertain quality. If you get any mineral buildup in the tub, wash it with vinegar when you get home. This has been my way of handling things for years and I've been to a lot of third world countries including Burma, up-country Thailand and Laos, with no problems at all.

Enjoy your vacation!
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RE: traveling, don't want to use humidifier
We traveled over a month last summer, and just used local water. Wipe out the humidifier tub in the morning with a towel or washcloth, pack and go. I don't even use distilled at home, and that's been the case for over 12 years. No problem.
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RE: traveling, don't want to use humidifier
I agree with others. If distilled water is your hiccup, just use tap or bottled water (whatever you drink).

When I travel, I use bottled water.
At home, I use my filtered tap water.

If you do want to use the ResMed without the humidifier, you can buy an end cap to go over (and seal) that area of the machine.

I don't know about the ResMed. But the DreamStation is obnoxiously loud without the humidifier - so much so it's impossible for me to sleep without it.
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RE: traveling, don't want to use humidifier
My first CPAP didn't come with a humidifier; I used it for nearly a decade without any problems.

The last two times I traveled by air, I used the extra space in the CPAP's bag to hold my neti pot and pill boxes.  Medical devices don't count against your carry-on allowance, so I was able to take both my backpack (under the seat as the "personal item" and another item (my travel guitar) in addition to the CPAP.
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RE: traveling, don't want to use humidifier
OK, thanks for all the replies! Good info. I did not know about the medical devices not counting against carry-on allowance. Good to know!
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RE: traveling, don't want to use humidifier
Your question asks specifically for a gadget that increases humidification and references reusing the patient's own humidity.

This gadget is called a heat/moisture exchanger (HME). It soaks up moisture from the exhale and then puts it into the new incoming air. It is available on amazon and at CPAP supply retailers.

I've never used one, so I can't testify as to how well they work. Just trying to answer your original question as asked.
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RE: traveling, don't want to use humidifier
thank you so much!
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RE: traveling, don't want to use humidifier
Two things.

1. My husband uses the Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset with the siide panel instead of the humidifier. It is as silent as my Airsense 10 Autoset for Her with the humidifer.

2. Although a CPAP is considered a medical device and does not count toward your carry-on in the US, that is NOT always the case in international airports. I found that out when traveling in Europe. I had a small carry-on suitcase, my CPAP, and a TINY (maybe 5x7?) crossbody bag. I was told I had to consolidate into my suitcase before I could board. I pointed out that my CPAP was a medical device (even had a medical device tag). I was told, that's fine, consolidate if you want to board, 2 items only. I had to unlock and open my suitcase while everyone boarded. I was so upset, my hands were shaking, I had to find a place to lay my suitcase, I could hardly remember to the combination to open it. And I was practically the last one on board! I bought an AirMini as soon as I got home!
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