Traveling by Train with Your CPAP
No matter where you are traveling, it’s important to get quality sleep.
Traveling via train is one of the most comfortable ways to travel. When traveling for long hours by train with your CPAP, here is a list of what Health Sqyre thinks you should keep in mind:
- Travel with a travel-friendly CPAP machine
- Contact your travel carrier
- Always bring your documents
- Bring necessary accessories
- Your Train Guidelines
Travel CPAP Machine
When traveling, you always want to pack light for your convenience. Lugging around a heavy CPAP machine can be a pain, and not bothering to even bring your CPAP machine and deciding to skip therapy is a definite no-no.
A light, compact travel CPAP machine is a great way to easily carry around your therapy device anywhere you go and continue therapy everywhere you are.
Check out this list if you don’t have a travel-friendly CPAP machine yet: Best Travel CPAP Machines.
Contact your Train Company
Each transportation company has their own regulations and rules concerning what you can carry. Prior to your travel date (several days in advance), call the train company you are traveling with and ask about their regulations concerning the use of CPAP on the transportation.
Wherever and however you travel, it’s always a good preparation to bring a letter of medical necessity from your doctor.
Ask your doctor to provide you with a prescription for CPAP and other necessary parts (heated humidifier, mask, filters, and tubing). Keep the prescription in your wallet or CPAP travel bag. Emergency, such as needing to buy any equipment that might be damaged or stolen while traveling, may come up, so it’s always recommended to stay prepared.
Ask your doctor to provide a letter of medical necessity. This is important to have for usage of CPAP machine during travel.
There are electrical outlets for charging your machine throughout the train (Amtrak). In this case, you should book in advance to reserve these seats.
- Superliner and Viewliner sleepers have one outlet in each Roomette, two in Bedrooms and the Accessible Bedrooms.
- Most Superliner coaches have two outlets at every seat.
- Amfleet I and II, and Acela Express cars have electric outlets at every pair of seats.
- Pro Tip #1: Many chargers won’t fit the recessed outlet on the Superliner I cars, so bring a short 3-prong extension cord or a surge protector with you.
- Pro Tip #2: You can always explain your situation to a Red Cap, and they may be able to help with your accommodation.
Remember to also bring your own battery as back-up. Trains may experience power outages.
Bring a bottle of distilled water for your humidifier.
It’s also a good idea to bring a 12-foot extension cord (with a standard plug, not a “flush” plug) when you travel to ensure that you can plug your machine while you sleep.
Train Guidelines Regarding CPAP Use
Amtrak is one of the biggest railroad service providers in the country. For Amtrak, required medical devices, such as CPAP machines, may be carried on the train and will not count as a carry-on baggage.
Passengers can have up to two carry-on baggage that must be in your custody, stored in overhead racks, under seats, or in designated baggage areas. There is a 50 lb. limit, and your carry-on baggage cannot exceed the 28” x 22” x 14” dimension on most trains.
You can also check up to two bags free of charge (cannot exceed 50 lb. limit and must be 75 inches length, width, and height added together).
Keep all of this in mind when thinking about how to pack!
Bring your CPAP with you when traveling and have a restful sleep on the train!
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Your CPAP for all the pro tips.