Traveling with Your PAP Therapy

Travel Plans?

Don’t forget your PAP machine! Even if you’re only going to be gone for a few days, you still need to sleep well. Your PAP machine will help you enjoy your trip even more by giving you the restful sleep you need. You’ll wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. Without it, your trip might not turn out as planned.

Also, don’t forget to disconnect the heated humidifier and remove all the water. If you don’t remove the water, it can get back into your machine and ruin it.


Flying with your PAP shouldn't be an issue. PAP machines are allowed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security once they’ve been screened by X-ray. If the X-ray cannot see through all parts of the machine, additional screening may be necessary. Here are some tips to help you through it:

  • Take your machine in a carry-on bag. If you place it in a checked bag and the bag is misplaced, you’ll have to go without your PAP therapy.
  • Let a security officer know of your machine and any special requirements before the screening process begins.
  • Your PAP machine will have to be removed from the carrying case, so we recommend putting it in a clear plastic bag to keep it clean. Facemasks and tubing can remain in the case.
  • If your machine requires additional screening, request that security wears gloves to be sanitary.


For more information on TSA policies, refer to their website at

Medquarters has everything you need for travel season. From portable PAP machines to travel bags and batteries, we have you covered to make sure your travel is a success.