How can I travel with my CPAP machine?


  • At least two weeks prior to travelling, get clearance from the airline to use your device on a flight (if your approval is in the form of a letter, carry a copy with you).
  • Arrange to sit near a power source on the aircraft, or use the RPS II, our lightweight and portable battery pack that is ideal for air travel.
  • Confirm the type of power cord or adapter used by the aircraft.
  • Carry a letter from your doctor certifying your need for positive airway pressure therapy.
  • Take a copy of ResMed's FAA compliance letter for ResMed devices.
  • Pack the correct adapter for the country you're travelling to because power outlets differ in each country. Adaptors can be bought from most electronics and travel stores, as well as in airports.
  • Ensure that there is no water in the humidifier tub before detaching it from the machine and packing it away.
  • Most ResMed machines can automatically adjust for changes in altitude and run on virtually any power supply in the world, with a suitable adapter.
  • Remember, you can use your device on the plane, but not your humidifier, as aircraft turbulence increases the risk of water spillage and damage to the machine.
  • On arrival at your destination, don't forget to use distilled or deionised water to fill your humidifier tub.
  • Your hotel room may not have a power socket located near the bed head, so pack an extension cord to use your machine and mask comfortably.

The following information should always be within reach:

  • Your treatment pressure
  • Your mask type and size
  • Contact details for your equipment provider and care provider
  • Your health insurance information
  • Your doctor's details
  • A copy of the ResMed positive airway pressure device travel letter for assistance in carrying the machine through security and on the aircraft.