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Travelling with sleep apnea

Traveling with sleep apnea

No need to miss out on restful sleep

    With travel being restricted due the COVID-19 public health emergency, this travel information should be used to help with future travel plans when freedom to travel is permitted.*

    Travel tips

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    Ditch the hose nose and sleep in any position you want

    No 1

    Talk to your travel carrier in advance

    Call your carrier to find out what you’re allowed to bring. If required, your doctor can provide a letter of medical necessity for your equipment.

    No 2

    Always carry your prescription

    Ask your doctor for a copy of your prescriptions for your PAP machine, mask, filters, tubing and humidifier – and keep them handy.

    No 3

    Determine the power supply type at your destination

    PAPs power on with most voltages from around the world. To travel light, bring a universal power adapter.

    No 4

    Pack an extension cord

    Keep an extension cord in your PAP carrying case to make powering your therapy easier.

    No 5

    Bring a back-up power supply

    Power outages can happen any time, and you may not have access to an electrical outlet. It’s smart to pack a portable battery.

    No 6

    Keep sleep a nightly priority

    Travel can disrupt your sleep schedule. Still, aim for eight hours of sleep every night and never settle for less than six.

    Pack performance everywhere you go

    Ditch the hose nose and sleep in any position you want

    Ditch the hose nose and sleep in any position you want


    At Philips, we know that whatever you do, sleep apnea follows – and we understand that a sound, restful sleep is something you can’t do without. That’s why DreamStation Go Portable PAP machine is an indispensable partner.

    Trusted technology with the same high performance as your DreamStation home machine

    Optional Overnight Battery for confidence even in locations with unreliable electricity

    Easy to use intuitive color touch screen for quick, simple setup and navigation

    Sleek design and a slim profile with micro-flexible tubing

    How to choose a travel CPAP
    Travel CPAP machines aren’t all created equal


    New innovations in design and technology have made it possible to experience the same performance with a portable PAP device as a home-based unit. But remember: Not all travel machines are the same.

    Tips! Here’s what to look for when deciding on a travel PAP:

    No 1

    A quiet operation

    Check the sound level, since some machines are noisier than others.

    No 2

    Similar settings
    Look for comfort features similar to your home device and a machine that allows you to use the same mask as you use at home.

    No 3

    Opt for a lightweight machine with an integrated power supply and smaller tubes for easier packing and transporting.

    No 4

    User-friendly features
    Consider touch screen activation and a built-in USB charging port for your cell phone or other devices.

    Flying with CPAP

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    Ditch the hose nose and sleep in any position you want

    No 1

    To keep your machine clean, purchase a travel case or place it in a large, clear plastic bag before placing it in the bin.

    No 2

    You can request that the TSA agent wear new gloves, clean the table and use a new explosive trace device sampler before handling your machine.

    No 3

    Be sure to place the machine securely in a travel case made for your equipment or a padded carry-on suitcase. Travel PAPs are now available that fit easily into a carry-on.

    No 4

    If you’re questioned, show the bottom of your machine, which states that it is “medical equipment” and “suitable for airline use.”

    CPAP Therapy

    When you switch off, your CPAP therapy stays on

    Get the power of an overnight battery

    DreamStation Go has optional overnight batteries to provide reassurance that your CPAP therapy keeps running when you sleep, no matter where you are. 
    DreamStation Go, set at 10cm of pressure, displayed an average run time of 13 hours2 when running with the DreamStation Go overnight battery.

    DreamStation Go accessories

    Ditch the hose nose and sleep in any position you want

    Ditch the hose nose and sleep in any position you want

    Our most compact CPAP machine, our most advanced level of convenience

    We’ve not only evolved sleep apnea therapy. We’ve evolved the ease of keeping it close by, powered up and neatly stored, anywhere you are.

    DreamStation Go humidifier

    Heated humidifier


    With it’s water-saving technology, the convenience of using tap or bottled water, and a compact design, you can enjoy heated humidification no matter where you are.

    Note: The use of potable tap water may require periodic maintenance of the tank base to remove the build up of solids present in potable tap water.  Refer to the user manual for maintenance instructions.

    Overnight battery

    Overnight battery

    DreamStation Go, set at 10cm of pressure, displayed an average run time of 13 hours2 when running with the DreamStation Go overnight battery.

    Micro-flexible tubing

    Micro-flexible tubing 

    DreamStation Go features our smallest and lightest tube ever, improving freedom of movement when you sleep. The 12mm micro-flexible tubing also offers enhanced flexibility, portability and connectivity.

    Small travel kit

    Compact protective kit

    Stay organized with our attractive, protective case and separate, washable bag that stores your mask and tube, meaning you can keep everything in one place.

    Medium travel kit

    Medium protective kit

    Upgrade your DreamStation Go with one of these accessories and keep everything in one place.  Kit includes a protective case that secures your DreamStation Go with either our optional battery or optional humidifier as well as a separate, washable bag that stores your mask and tube.

    Reusable filter

    Reusable filter

    Philips reusable replacement filters help clean the air you breathe by capturing dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander and more with an 88% efficiency at 7-10 micron. Replace your DreamStation Go reusable filter every six months.

    30-day fine filter

    30-day fine filter

    For enhanced filtration, try our 30-day disposable fine filter. Philips 30-day disposable replacement fine filters help clean the air you breathe by capturing dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander and more with a 95% efficiency at .5-.7 micron.

    Dream Family

    Part of the Dream Family

    The Dream Family Philips sleep apnea platform was designed with your needs in mind. Our DreamWear system of masks has a unique, in-frame air-flow and innovative air tube connection at the top of the head, giving you greater freedom of movement throughout the night and a more comfortable sleeping experience.


    Take an active role in your sleep therapy

    Sleep apnea therapy can help you sleep better at night and feel more alert during the day. The free DreamMapper1 app and web-based software works with DreamStation to help keep you motivated.

    Frequently asked questions

    How does PAP or CPAP therapy work?

    CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) provides a gentle flow of positive-pressure air through a facial mask to keep the airway open during sleep. As a result:

    - Breathing becomes regular during sleep

    - Snoring stops

    - Restful sleep is restored

    - Quality of life is improved

    - Risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke and motor vehicle and work accidents is reduced

    What are the benefits of regular usage of PAP therapy?

    Most PAP users who remain committed to treatment enjoy:

    - Increased energy and attentiveness

    - Fewer morning headaches

    - Reduced irritability

    - Improved memory

    - Increased ability to exercise

    - Lower blood pressure

    - Decreased risk of strokes and heart attacks

    - Increased effectiveness at home and at work

    - Improved overall quality of life

    What does a mask do?

    Masks are used to deliver the air from the therapy device to you. A comfortable mask is a key factor in being able to use your treatment daily, so finding a mask that fits you and your lifestyle is important. Most masks have built-in exhalation ports that vent your exhaled air. Talk to your homecare provider about the different masks and headgear available.

    What does tubing do?

    The tubing is used to carry the air from the therapy device to the mask. You should clean and inspect your tubing at least once a week to make sure it is clean, bendable and that is doesn’t have any tears. If you think your tubing is ready for replacement, contact your homecare provider.

    What do filters do?

    Therapy devices come with filters. Some devices come with one regular filter and others come with two—one regular filter and one ultra-fine filter. See your device manual for details on caring for your filters.

    Can I take my CPAP machine through airport security?

    CPAP and BiPAP machines are allowed through TSA security checkpoints once they have been screened. You will need to remove the device from its carrying case. Mask and tubing may remain in the carrying case. If your device can be used on the aircraft, the bottom of your device will have a note stating that it is medical equipment and will have a picture of an airplane with a circle around it. If your device does not have this picture, you will not be allowed to use it on-board the aircraft.

    Please note that your machine does not count as your carry on. It is not recommended that you that you check your device through checked baggage because the carrying case is not designed to protect it. It is always recommended that you bring a copy of your prescription with you in case there are questions.

    Customer services

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    * David Plummer is a paid endorser.

    1. PAP run-time test conditions: CPAP mode, pressure 10 cm H2O, 12mm tubing, 37LPM of leak, 73.4 F room at an elevation of 1650 ft
    2. Battery run times may vary due to higher CPAP pressure settings, excessive mask leakage, altitude, temperature, charging devices with the USB port, and other variables.
    3. To see which CPAP and BiPAP devices are available with DreamMapper, visit here.

    For informational purposes only, not to replace physician's directions.

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