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4 Tips for Camping with CPAP

Next time you sleep under the stars, make sure you and your tent mates can actually sleep. If you have sleep apnea, check out these four CPAP camping tips.

1. Use CPAP while camping.

Always use CPAP whenever and wherever you sleep. Travel bags make it easy to bring CPAP with you. You’ll also be glad you got a good night’s sleep in order to get the most out of your outdoor vacation. (Not to mention, your tent mates will rest well too if CPAP keeps you from snoring.)

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. The ResMed Power Station II (RPS II) can only be charged in a wall outlet. If you don’t have access to wall socket power during your multi-night vacation, 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.

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’s closer to 4 hours. Ask your equipment provider:

  • 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 likely get by without using humidification outside (depending on the weather forecast)

4. Change your filter when you get home.

Your filter likely picked up far more allergens and dust particles outside than it does in your bedroom. Be sure to ask your provider for another filter before you go camping, and swap them the day you get home.

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