Next time you sleep under the stars, make sure you, and those around you, follow these simple tips to get the quality sleep you’ve become so accustomed to, now that you’ve been using CPAP.
1. Use CPAP when you’re camping
Always use CPAP whenever and wherever you sleep. Travel bags make it easy to bring CPAP with you. There are also travel CPAP machines, like the Transcend II, that are completely portable. You’ll also be glad you got a good night’s sleep in order to get the most out of your camping trip.
2. Know how to power your CPAP outside
If you have an external CPAP battery, refer to its user guide on how to charge it. If you don’t have access to wall socket power during your camping trip, and your machine’s manufacturer doesn’t make a battery for it, you should consider getting a marine battery to power your CPAP machine. Talk to your equipment provider about what you need and where you can get it. If you own a ResMed CPAP machine, you should consider getting the RPSII - a portable battery especially designed for S9 and AirSense 10 CPAP Machines. Philips Respironics also have a universal portable battery pack available. So there are plenty of portable power options to help you go off the grid.
3. Know how many hours of power you have
Humidification and CPAP pressure can both affect how much power your battery can provide. For instance, ResMed’s RPS II packs up to 13 hours of power. But with humidification on, it can be much less. If you are unsure, come in to one of our locations and ask us:
- How much power your CPAP battery can provide
- Whether you can run two batteries at once to double your power (you can with the RPS II)
- Whether you can get by without using humidification outside (depending on the weather forecast)
4. Change your filter when you get home
Your filter will be likely to pick up far more allergens and dust particles outside than it does in your bedroom. Be sure to order some extra CPAP machine filters before you go camping, and swap them the day you get home.
Taking your CPAP camping isn’t always possible with non-travel ready CPAP machines. If you’re looking to upgrade or purchase your first, new CPAP machine, download our ultimate guide to buying a CPAP machine today.