Travel with CPAP equipment

Sleep apnea treatment doesn’t have to interfere with your travel plans. ResMed masks, machines and accessories are fully portable.

Air travel

When sleep apnea treatment is needed in-flight, it is recommended that you contact the airline at least two weeks prior to traveling. Follow these recommended preparations:


  • Carry a letter from your doctor certifying your need for CPAP treatment.
  • Obtain approval from the airline’s Medical Services for use on the flight.
  • Carry a copy of the approval letter from the airline if they provide one.
  • Carry a copy of ResMed’s statement of FAA compliance letter for ResMed devices.
  • Carry a copy of ResMed’s travel letter for assistance in carrying your CPAP device through security and on the aircraft.
  • Arrange seating close to a power source on the aircraft.
  • Confirm the type of power cord or adapter required by the aircraft.


  • The airline has the final approval for in-flight usage.
  • Humidifiers should not be used with CPAP devices while on the plane, as water could spill.
  • Please note that not all ResMed devices are approved by the FAA.

International travel

  • ResMed devices run on virtually any power supply in the world without the need for a power transformer.
  • However, you will need a plug adapter appropriate for the country you are visiting.
    • Plug adapters can be purchased at most electronics and travel stores.

Battery options

Like camping? No worries, you can still take your machine along with you!

  • Your Air10™, S9™, Stellar™, and most S8 machines can connect to an external battery: the ResMed Power Station II (RPS II).
  • In addition, this battery provides a backup power for up to 13 hours in case of a power outage or no available outlet.
  • The RPS II is intended for single patient re-use in the home environment and multi-patient re-use in the hospital or institutional environment.

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You should have the following information with you when traveling

  • Your treatment pressure
  • Your mask type and size
  • Your equipment provider’s contact details
  • Your sleep specialist’s contact details
  • Your general practitioner’s information
  • Your health insurance information