The Ultimate Guide To Camping With Your CPAP

Written by
Jason Smith RPSGT
Published on
May 31, 2022 9:43:31 AM PDT May 31, 2022 9:43:31 AM PDTst, May 31, 2022 9:43:31 AM PDT

Are you ready for the summer to finally arrive? If so, you're not alone.

After all, there's nothing better than sunshine and warm weather after a long cold winter. There's no denying that camping is one of the most popular summertime activities for many people. But those suffering from sleep apnea, the notion of camping can cause some alarm.

That's because you might have concerns about keeping your CPAP machine when traveling with sleep apnea.

This article takes a look at traveling with sleep apnea no matter where your camping vacation might take you. Keep reading to get the inside scoop.

Don't Forget to Pack Your CPAP Essentials

Let's start by discussing the essentials you'll need for packing for your upcoming camping trip. After all, you won't want to get where you're going and realize you've left something important at home.

It's best to start with your travel bag and add the necessary equipment as you go. Included on this list should be items like your CPAP machine, power cord, your mask, and CPAP tubing.

There are a few other important details to consider before leaving the house, including bringing a battery pack in case of power outages, bringing an extension cord, and making sure the humidifier chamber on your CPAP machine is completely empty and dry.

Be Prepared for Camping Conditions

Keep in mind that you'll need to prepare for camping outdoors. This means there could be a difference in altitude, thus it's important to check the settings on your machine. 

It's also wise to bring extra filters and mask cushions just in case anything gets damaged or lost during your trip.

Cleaning Supplies

You'll need to pack some basic cleaning supplies to keep your CPAP equipment sanitized. The most important items include:

Soap and water- it's best to use mild soap and warm water.

Vinegar- this will serve as a natural disinfect to kill germs and bacteria.

Towel- a clean, soft, lint-free towel is important for gently scrubbing your equipment.

Mask Wipes-these wipes are ideal for getting your mask as clean as possible.

**Keep this checklist with you while you pack. That way you can make sure you remember everything.

How to Clean Your Machine and Mask

One of the most important travel tips for cleaning your CPAP equipment while camping is to provide enough time for everything to dry between uses. That's because damp equipment can quickly attract mold.

Use a damp cloth to clean the machine, removing any dust or debris on the outside. Then gently dry it with your lint-free towel.

For your mask, gently wash it with mild soap and warm water, allowing it to dry thoroughly. Be sure to wipe down all surfaces of the mask with mask wipes. 

To sanitize the CPAP tubing, create a solution of vinegar and water and run the solution through the entire length of the tubing. Then empty the tubing and rinse thoroughly.

Now allow everything to air dry.

The Complete Guide to Camping With Your CPAP

Planning your upcoming camping vacation can be exciting, but you'll also have to prepare for sleeping. Fortunately, these tips for keeping your CPAP machine clean when traveling with sleep apnea will help you get the rest you need.

Please contact us to learn how we can help with all your CPAP needs.