Tom Bihn CPAP Carry Options?
I'm a 15 year CPAP user who travels quite a bit, nationally and internationally. Like many of you I've converted to carry-on-only mode of travel. My carry-on is the amazing Aeronaut--simply a brilliant bag for all of my needs. My AEIOMed Everest 2 CPAP machine with humidifier, measures 5" wide, 7" tall, and 6" long. I absolutely HATE carrying it in the CPAP bag, but love carrying it in one personal item bag. Through the years I've experimented relentlessly with all kinds of luggage to do this. While I haven't done it yet, I plan to carry the CPAP in the bottom of my new Smart Alec and tuck my Co-pilot lengthwise on top of it. The math works, but here's my goal: Aeronaut plus ONE personal item that contains my CPAP and other stuff.
Two items only...even though the airlines allow the CPAP as a separate item.
How in the world do the rest of you CPAP users configure your gear for carry on only? Thanks!
Tom Bihn CPAP Carry Options
I like to use a bag with padding when carrying my CPAP - I've seen mine take a tumble off the back of a vehicle in a third world country. I use two different Tom Bihn bags - the Empire Builder or the Zephyr, depending on the load I need to carry. I recently returned from a trip to Dominica and used the Empire Builder in which I carried my CPAP (a Remstar Plus M series w/o humidifier) in its slightly padded bag together with an Eagle Creek padded half cube holding my hose and mask), a 13" MacBook Pro in a TB Cache and an iPad inside its Apple cover, a rain jacket and a Tilley wide brimmed hat in the main compartment - a tight fit. In addition, I had some meds, flashlight, extra cables and power cords, etc. in the front pockets. I also use from time to time a Red Oxx padded PR 3.5 (made to my specifications - a slightly cut down PR 4). I have also used a Red Oxx Gator for my CPAP, but I agree it is a very tight fit. The Empire Builder worked best for the load configuration for this trip. Yes, the Empire Builder probably doesn't technically qualify as a "personal item", but I've never been challenged and I've always thought that I could use the CPAP extra bag argument. By the way, I also carry a TB shop bag in my carry-on stuff for the purpose of reducing the size (mainly thickness) of the Empire Builder if someone wants to get technical.
Originally Posted by ShineAgain
I also used a 22" rollaboard style carry-on piece containing a 100 watt transceiver, scuba regulators and dive computer and light, lithium nano phosphate batteries for the transceiver, antenna analyzer, a change of clothes, etc. This rolling bag had to be gate checked on the leg into and out of Dominca. This was not a lightweight trip as I also had 70 pounds of checked luggage (the American Eagle limit for their fights to/from Dominica). But that is the price you pay when you are on a ham radio dxpedition and doing some scuba diving as well.