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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by raisedfist » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:34 am

Goofproof wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:17 am
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I use all the outlets in my bedroom and have to unplug stuff just to charge my laptops :lol:.

Sometimes the outlets in hotels are filled with power strips and you have to reach under the bed to pull the strip out from under the bed to unplug something to make room for your device. Or you go to plug your device into the desk lamp and the outlet is super flimsy and the connector hardly stays in the outlet.

When I travel I try to stay in above average hotels and will spend some extra time to find a deal to make the price reasonable. I hate sleeping anywhere but my own bed so it's all to make the suffering less.
I have 6 power strips in my bedroom alone, daisy chained, for the most part. Some to turn things on/off, most low power items, so no overload on the house wiring. The Living room also has 6 for the same reason. :wink: No 100 Ft extension, cords, just 1 @ 6 ft one. Jim
I somehow use no power strips at this time. But I'm just in an apartment so I purposely don't purchase a lot of stuff in case I move into a house where I will collect stuff :mrgreen:.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Goofproof » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:58 am

raisedfist wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:34 am
Goofproof wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:17 am
raisedfist wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:05 am
I use all the outlets in my bedroom and have to unplug stuff just to charge my laptops :lol:.

Sometimes the outlets in hotels are filled with power strips and you have to reach under the bed to pull the strip out from under the bed to unplug something to make room for your device. Or you go to plug your device into the desk lamp and the outlet is super flimsy and the connector hardly stays in the outlet.

When I travel I try to stay in above average hotels and will spend some extra time to find a deal to make the price reasonable. I hate sleeping anywhere but my own bed so it's all to make the suffering less.
I have 6 power strips in my bedroom alone, daisy chained, for the most part. Some to turn things on/off, most low power items, so no overload on the house wiring. The Living room also has 6 for the same reason. :wink: No 100 Ft extension, cords, just 1 @ 6 ft one. Jim
I somehow use no power strips at this time. But I'm just in an apartment so I purposely don't purchase a lot of stuff in case I move into a house where I will collect stuff :mrgreen:.
That's the idea behind power strips, it makes it easier to have and deal with your stuff. I find with limited mobility, power strips give you a on/off switch, mine a circuit breaker, and many surge protection, one is extra useful it has a switch for each of it's 6 outlets, so you can turn off 6 unneeded wall warts to save electric. Jim
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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by D.H. » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:26 pm

Goofproof wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:58 am
. . .
That's the idea behind power strips, it makes it easier to have and deal with your stuff. I find with limited mobility, power strips give you a on/off switch, mine a circuit breaker, and many surge protection, one is extra useful it has a switch for each of it's 6 outlets, so you can turn off 6 unneeded wall warts to save electric. Jim
Fine for use in the US, Canada, Mexico, and most the Americas. However your standard US power strip with surge protection will not work in most other places, such as China, Israel, or any place in Europe.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Goofproof » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:34 pm

D.H. wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:26 pm
Goofproof wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:58 am
. . .
That's the idea behind power strips, it makes it easier to have and deal with your stuff. I find with limited mobility, power strips give you a on/off switch, mine a circuit breaker, and many surge protection, one is extra useful it has a switch for each of it's 6 outlets, so you can turn off 6 unneeded wall warts to save electric. Jim
Fine for use in the US, Canada, Mexico, and most the Americas. However your standard US power strip with surge protection will not work in most other places, such as China, Israel, or any place in Europe.
I won't be leaving the U.S.A., i'm not on the list to be deported. I've been around the world, it didn't impress me. I don't have enough extension cords to be a world freight hopper! Jim
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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Cardsfan » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:42 am

I travel frequently with my cpap. I have 3 simple criteria for a hotel: CLEAN, QUIET, COMFORTABLE. I have common sense and arrive prepared.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by D.H. » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:45 am

Cardsfan wrote:
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I travel frequently with my cpap. I have 3 simple criteria for a hotel: CLEAN, QUIET, COMFORTABLE. I have common sense and arrive prepared.
Yes, if you pack three extension cords, the right adapter, a "tap," and a reverse adapter (to accommodate a displaced lamp).

Almost all CPAPs, phones, cameras, and battery chargers are compatible with foreign voltage. I really can't think of anything that you would take that would require a voltage converter.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by JayDee » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:07 am

Might consider resetting expectations: I never expect an OCONUS location to accommodate me; I plan ahead to be able to adapt to the location. I never leave the US without two universal outlet adapters. Not sure how universal they truly are, but I've yet to encounter a wall outlet they can't adapt for my US plugs on ship, shore or airborne. As long as there's a wall outlet for mains power of some sort, I'm good to go. I carry 6-foot, three-prong, ext cords that have three outlets at the ends. I make sure my critical power supplies are both 110v & 220v compatible, so there's no need for a transformer (ResMed's are happy with any outlet from 100v to 240v). Since my cellphone is a more reliable clock & alarm, the bedside alarm clocks are the first thing I unplug to free up an outlet. If I lack room on the nightstand, I'll take an unused drawer out of another piece of furniture and use it upside-down as a floor stand for my xPAP machine so it's not right on the floor. I could also make do with a chair or a couple of books if no spare drawers are available.

It's really not all that difficult to be prepared to adapt & improvise with almost any reasonable hotel room. I've even been known to "rough it" at places that do not offer a nightly "turn-down" service with a complementary chocolate on the pillow and I still managed on my own... Somehow... Don't really like to dwell on those dismal, forced austerity conditions...

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by chunkyfrog » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:24 am

Small towns are often the most rewarding places to visit;
but they lack big city amenities--like up to date power grid.
Been there, in the US, even.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by D.H. » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:10 pm

JayDee wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:07 am
Might consider resetting expectations: I never expect an OCONUS location to accommodate me; I plan ahead to be able to adapt to the location. I never leave the US without two universal outlet adapters. Not sure how universal they truly are, but I've yet to encounter a wall outlet they can't adapt for my US plugs on ship, shore or airborne. As long as there's a wall outlet for mains power of some sort, I'm good to go. I carry 6-foot, three-prong, ext cords that have three outlets at the ends. I make sure my critical power supplies are both 110v & 220v compatible, so there's no need for a transformer (ResMed's are happy with any outlet from 100v to 240v). Since my cellphone is a more reliable clock & alarm, the bedside alarm clocks are the first thing I unplug to free up an outlet. If I lack room on the nightstand, I'll take an unused drawer out of another piece of furniture and use it upside-down as a floor stand for my xPAP machine so it's not right on the floor. I could also make do with a chair or a couple of books if no spare drawers are available.

It's really not all that difficult to be prepared to adapt & improvise with almost any reasonable hotel room. I've even been known to "rough it" at places that do not offer a nightly "turn-down" service with a complementary chocolate on the pillow and I still managed on my own... Somehow... Don't really like to dwell on those dismal, forced austerity conditions...

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The point isn't to complain. It's to warn everybody on the forum that if traveling - especially to a foreign country - that you can expect these conditions and be prepared. It's also to hopefully create more CPAP awareness in the hospitality industry.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Goofproof » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:26 pm

D.H. wrote:
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The point isn't to complain. It's to warn everybody on the forum that if traveling - especially to a foreign country - that you can expect these conditions and be prepared.
Maybe if anyone here is naive enough not to prepare for conditions to run a XPAP in a foreign country, or a underdeveloped area they are not familiar area they should, Learn how to read on forums, Google, mostly it's Common Sense, Think before you Travel. Some people could stand more Thinking than Others, Some would be better off just staying Home! Jim
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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Okie bipap » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:10 pm

We have learned that when we travel, we take a small, folding TV tray with. Quite often, there is a bedside cabinet on only one side of the bed. This way, we have a place to put the second machine.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by zonker » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:05 pm

Okie bipap wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:10 pm
We have learned that when we travel, we take a small, folding TV tray with. Quite often, there is a bedside cabinet on only one side of the bed. This way, we have a place to put the second machine.
my first instinct was to snort derisively regarding tv trays. do such things even exist any more?

:oops:

plenty of them on amazon!
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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by palerider » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:18 pm

zonker wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:05 pm
Okie bipap wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:10 pm
We have learned that when we travel, we take a small, folding TV tray with. Quite often, there is a bedside cabinet on only one side of the bed. This way, we have a place to put the second machine.
my first instinct was to snort derisively regarding tv trays. do such things even exist any more?

:oops:

plenty of them on amazon!
Mine are wooden folding tables.. quite different from the flimsy tin ones my grandparents had.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by zonker » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:25 pm

palerider wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:18 pm
zonker wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:05 pm
Okie bipap wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:10 pm
We have learned that when we travel, we take a small, folding TV tray with. Quite often, there is a bedside cabinet on only one side of the bed. This way, we have a place to put the second machine.
my first instinct was to snort derisively regarding tv trays. do such things even exist any more?

:oops:

plenty of them on amazon!
Mine are wooden folding tables.. quite different from the flimsy tin ones my grandparents had.
aye, laddie. it's them flimsy ones i was thinking of.

straight out of my formative years, those are!
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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Goofproof » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:09 pm

zonker wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:05 pm
Okie bipap wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:10 pm
We have learned that when we travel, we take a small, folding TV tray with. Quite often, there is a bedside cabinet on only one side of the bed. This way, we have a place to put the second machine.
my first instinct was to snort derisively regarding tv trays. do such things even exist any more?

:oops:

plenty of them on amazon!
Walmart, nice plastic rimmed top with pullout cup holder, steel tubing legs, one is holding my laptop system and accessories that I am typing on now, the other is for dinner. Jim Nice!
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