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Traveling with CPAP

Postby mnjewel » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:27 pm

I traveled to Mexico last year with my CPAP, and could not find distilled water for it. When I asked the pharmacist in Nuevo Puerto Vallarta where to find it, I was told they did not carry it and the only place was to go about 2 hours away. I ended up using bottled water for 2 weeks, without any apparent problems. This year we are going for 4 weeks, and am wondering what the consensus would be as to if I should bother with it or not. I hate to "gum" up the insides of my machine...I did have to purchase a new resevouir after returning, as it had a white film on the bottom of the humidifier. What do you think, leave the CPAP at home, or use bottled water and get a new resevouir when I return?

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Re: Traveling with CPAP

Postby Daniel » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:35 pm

mnjewel wrote:I traveled to Mexico last year with my CPAP, and could not find distilled water for it. When I asked the pharmacist in Nuevo Puerto Vallarta where to find it, I was told they did not carry it and the only place was to go about 2 hours away. I ended up using bottled water for 2 weeks, without any apparent problems. This year we are going for 4 weeks, and am wondering what the consensus would be as to if I should bother with it or not. I hate to "gum" up the insides of my machine...I did have to purchase a new resevouir after returning, as it had a white film on the bottom of the humidifier. What do you think, leave the CPAP at home, or use bottled water and get a new resevouir when I return?

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DON'T leave the cpap at home.
I don't see a problem in using tap water/bottled water for a few weeks.....just make sure to scrub out the resevoir (daily).

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Re: Traveling with CPAP

Postby truckerdad57 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:55 pm

Ditto what Daniel posted.

You can clean the white film out if you want to with some vinegar. It's just mineral deposits from the water.
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Re: Traveling with CPAP

Postby Vicki » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:39 pm

mnjewel,

I hope you saved your old reservouir. Like truckerdad said, it is just mineral deposits which will dissolve if you soak it in vinegar for a little bit. Then rinse it out really well with water. Don't leave your PAP at home, you would be having apneas the whole time and that would just leave you feeling awful for 4 weeks. If the mineral deposit buildup gets to be too much, maybe it wouldn't be as hard to find vinegar to clean it out with.

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Re: Traveling with CPAP

Postby glennaa11 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:53 pm

try to get water that's not "mineral water" and that should help. I have traveled all around Asia with my machine and never have used distilled water when traveling, just bottled water. Emptying the reservoir every day will help. Just a quick rinse with some hot water is usually all you need to do, if that much. Enjoy your trip.
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