What If I Have A CPAP Machine?

By Krystal • June 7, 2017

If you have sleep apnea and require a CPAP machine at night, please let the Arizona River Runners office staff know by either calling us or listing it on your registration form. We will, upon request, pack a 12-volt battery for you to hook up to each night. You would need to 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 to determine which cords you will need. A good resource we have found is The CPAP Shop. You can reach them at 1-866-414-9700 or by visiting www.thecpapshop.com.

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.

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.

We also have heard of another alternative, although we don’t have any personal experience with it. There’s a new 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.

Finally, make sure you speak with your doctor before the trip to discuss what to do if your CPAP machine or Provent strips were to fail to work while on the trip.

Again, please make sure to inform us that you need a CPAP machine. 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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