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Sunday, August 20, 2023

Smooth Sailing and Restful Nights: Navigating CPAP Therapy on a Cruise Ship and Help with Magnetic Hooks

Cruising is an incredible way to unwind, explore, and create cherished memories. If you're a CPAP user, you might be wondering how to seamlessly incorporate your sleep apnea treatment into your cruise adventure. Fear not! With a bit of preparation and the help of magnetic hooks, you can keep your CPAP device in check and maintain an organized cabin space. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the best practices for cruising with your CPAP device while utilizing magnetic hooks to keep everything neat and tidy.

1. Research Cruise Line Policies

Start your journey by familiarizing yourself with the CPAP policies of the cruise line you've chosen. Some cruise lines have specific requirements for medical equipment, including CPAP devices. Understanding these policies will ensure a smoother experience during your cruise. If you cannot find them call the cruise line or ask your travel agent to find out the relevant information for you. Online communities can be very helpful with your questions too!

2. Pack Your CPAP Essentials

Before setting sail, ensure you have all your CPAP essentials packed:

  • CPAP Device: Don't forget to bring your CPAP machine along.
  • Power Adapter and Cords: Pack the appropriate power adapter and cords, taking into account the power outlets on the cruise ship and restrictions on surge control power strips. Surge protectors are essential for protecting your electronics and appliances from electrical surges. Many cruise ships do not allow surge protectors on board due to safety concerns. Cruise ships are at risk of lightning strikes, and surge protectors can increase the risk of an onboard fire or other electrical damage.
  • Extension Cord: A handy extension cord can be a lifesaver when power outlets are inconveniently located but we advise ask guest services or your room steward for one due to the restrictions on surge protectors.
  • Extra Mask and Accessories: Include extra masks, filters, tubing, and any other necessary accessories.
  • Check Your Luggage, Not Your CPAP: Your CPAP machine is a medical device and cannot legally be counted as carry-on luggage. Due to the sensitive nature of the machine, you should keep it with you at all times. Prescription and Documentation: Carry copies of your CPAP prescription and relevant medical documentation. Replace Old Supplies: It’s a good idea to replace any worn CPAP supplies with new materials before your trip. Having a fresh tube, cushion, and air filter will make maintenance easier and reduce the chance of something important breaking while you’re away from home. Clean and Dry Before Packing: You’ll want to thoroughly clean your equipment immediately before packing it. Make sure that your equipment is totally dry to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your mask, tubing, or humidifier.
  • Travel Case: Protect your equipment during transit with a CPAP-specific travel case. At the airport, a nebulizer, CPAP, BiPAP and APAP must be removed from its carrying case and undergo X-ray screening. Facemasks and tubing may remain in the case. You may provide a clear plastic bag to place the device through the X-ray.

  • Put and AirTag or other luggage tracker such as a Tile in your CPAP case! 

  • 3. Magnetic Hooks: Your Cruise Companion

Magnetic hooks are the unsung heroes of organization on a cruise ship. They can help you maintain an orderly cabin, both for your CPAP equipment and other essentials:

A. Cable Management: Attach magnetic hooks to metal surfaces in your cabin to lift cables off the floor and prevent tangles. Secure your CPAP tubing and power cords to these hooks, ensuring easy access without the mess. Alternatively, ask your cabin steward to tape the cords to the carpet to reduce any tripping hazard.

B. Accessories and Items: Hang lightweight accessories such as hats, bags, and even towels on magnetic hooks. Keep them off furniture and floors to save space and create a cleaner environment.

C. Personalized Space: Use magnetic hooks to display postcards, small decorations, and personal items. Adding a touch of home to your cabin is effortless with these versatile tools.

D. Cabin Essentials: Position hooks near your bedside to keep essential items like your cruise card, sunglasses, or travel-sized products within arm's reach.

Planning to go on a cruise in the future? Check out our favorite cruise essentials that will make your cruising life easier!

4. Mastering Your CPAP Setup

Make your CPAP experience seamless:

A. Placing Your CPAP Machine: Position your CPAP machine on a nightstand or bedside table for easy access. Use magnetic hooks to keep the tubing elevated and tangle-free.

B. Battery and Power Options: Invest in a portable battery pack for your CPAP machine. These battery packs can keep your device running without relying on cruise ship power outlets.

C. Ordering Distilled Water: Contact Guest Services or the ship's medical center to arrange for distilled water for your CPAP humidifier. Alternatively, bring a small supply with you just in case.

5. Tips for a Relaxing Voyage

  • Follow cruise line policies for CPAP use and any special requirements.
  • Always prioritize safety; keep cords secure and out of high-traffic areas.
  • Plan ahead, communicate your needs to the cruise staff, and ensure you have everything you need for your CPAP therapy.


Cruising with your CPAP device can be a smooth and organized experience with the help of magnetic hooks. By following cruise line policies, packing wisely, and strategically using magnetic hooks, you can keep your cabin neat, your CPAP setup hassle-free, and your journey truly unforgettable. So set sail with confidence, knowing that you can prioritize your health and relaxation without sacrificing the joy of cruising. Bon voyage and sweet dreams!

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