BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

CPAP users

many of us now carry a CPAP machine when we travel.  But many find themselves unprepared when they bring one on vacation. With that in mind, I offer the following advice.

1) depending on the ship or line, there may or may not be a receptacle near the bed.  Make sure you bring a power strip, WITHOUT a surge suppressor.  A new extension cord should be packed also.  

2) you don't need distilled water for the week.  You can use the ships tap water. The ship processes water for drinking, and in turn, removes the minerals that might damage the heating element.  Clean the tank thoroughly when you get home, but for the week, don't worry about it.

3) if you sometimes have a stuffy nose, place a drop or two of eucalyptus oil in the tank. It won't damage the plate, and it will be like a blast of Vicks VapoRub.  

4) pack it in the original nylon bag it came in, and keep it with your carry on luggage. Not in your carry on, with your carry on.  You can usually shove a few extra items in the case.

5) if possible, leave the water tank home for the week, and just carry the main part of the machine. It's the air pressure you need, the heated water is a bonus.

6) you may need to contact guest services ahead of time.  I never have, but I have read where some people do. 

7) lastly, check with your Cruiseline AHEAD of time to see if there is anything else you need to do.

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meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

My BF has one, but only used it once. I wondered about that for other usuers, because it can be a cumbersome machine.... I type this as he is snoring on the couch next to me

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Great advice BAK1061, I have had one since 2005. I always travel with a power strip and extension cord. 

 

Meghad23, tell your BF to try again, sleep apnea is a pretty serious thing. Best of luck.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Although I do not use one, I have read that the ship will generally supply an extension cord and distilled water for the machines on request. (You may have to contact the line prior to the cruise to arrange it.)

dwelchnait
Contributor Level: Purser

i have always taken my machine with me. HA has always been able to supply a cord for me if I forgot one.

I apologize, but what is CPAP?

dwelchnait
Contributor Level: Purser

One of the most common treatments for adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).  CPAP reverses the complete blockages or narrowing of the upper airway that occur during sleep in individuals who have sleep apnea. To keep the airway open, CPAP uses small amounts of air pressure and is almost always successful, when tolerated and used appropriately, to treat OSA. See http://amsleep.org/cpap/?gclid=CIiwzYrtqs0CFVBefgodhQoLOw

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