What if I have a CPAP machine?

By Krystal • October 7, 2019

Although the bottom of the Grand Canyon is far away from the power grid, there is a way to use your CPAP! Just let our office staff know that you will be bringing your CPAP machine and we will supply a 12V battery to run it at night.

What you need to do:

  • Be sure to list “CPAP” on your registration form or give our office a call, so we know to pack a battery for you.
  • Bring the appropriate DC adapter with alligator clips to connect our battery with your CPAP machine. The power adapter cords are specific to your CPAP make and model. Please check with your local provider or research online to determine which cords you will need.
  • If your CPAP has a humidifier, you will need to disable/remove the humidifier for your river trip. Our batteries do NOT have the power capacity to run humidifiers while in the canyon.
  • You may need to carry the battery (about 60 pounds) between the raft and your campsite.
  • If you cannot fit your CPAP into your duffel bag, you’ll also need to bring your own dry bag to store it in while on the river.
  • Speak with your doctor to discuss a back up plan should your CPAP machine fail or power supply run out. You will not be able to leave the trip early should your device stop working.
  • It is ok if your CPAP puts you over the 25-pound weight limit. However, please note that if you are on one of our trips with a charter flight, the airlines may charge a small excess baggage fee.

    We have heard of an alternative, although we don’t have any personal experience with it. There’s a single-use nose strip called Provent available by prescription. If Provent is a good fit for you, it might make sense to bring some on your rafting trip instead of a CPAP machine.

    Again, please make sure to inform us that you will be bringing a CPAP machine and need us to bring a battery. It is easy for us to accommodate, as long as we know about it well in advance. Then, just enjoy your whitewater vacation and sleep easy!

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