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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by RobertS975 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:39 am

Also, I have only been on one cruise boat since starting CPAP 5 years ago, and there was no electricity anywhere near either side of the bed. Upscale Seabourn line too. Required long extension cords which cabin steward then taped down to prevent tripping. So bear in mind that the cruise ship cabin may be most unfriendly to CPAP machines.

As far as frequent hotels, only two issues I have encountered were at Renaissance LAX ( No outlet on my side of bed) and Hampton Inn West Hollywood ( tiny bedside shelf taken up by lamp base).

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Midwest_non_sleeper » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:46 am

CapnLoki wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:38 pm
D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm
Here are some suggestions. Does anybody have anything to add to the list?
Aren't these issues that would affect all hotel guests? Why does using a cpap make me so special?
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Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm

For a hotel to be CPAP-friendly, it should meet the following criteria:
• A bedside night table large enough to accommodate a large CPAP without displacing a lamp, telephone, radio, or anything else on that table. Preferably, it should be lower than you head.
Actually, I have no problem putting the pump on the floor. I do insist that my room comes with a floor.
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Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm

• An electric socket near the bed that can be used without displacing anything already plugged in. The socket should be of the configuration, voltage, and frequency expected for the country in which it is located. Alternatively, there can be a universal socket.
OK, an outlet is important. But this is why I always have an extension cord. Or three.
D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm
• An adjustable (and working) thermostat to allow you to set a comfortable room temperature in degrees Fahrenheit or degrees Celsius.
If they don't have a thermostat calibrated in Rankine I insist on another room. I find Rankine much more comfortable than Celsius.
I'm with Loki on this. If there is one thing that being in the military has taught me, it's that it's always better to have and not need, than to need and not have.

I stay prepared regarding my cpap, therefore, I don't have to march in streets demanding that someone changes their business or personal model just for me. I'm not that special.

I have never experienced a problem in any hotel anywhere. Because I make it work, regardless of the circumstances. Outlet on the other side of the room? Extension cord or I guess I'm sleeping on the floor near it. The point is, like it or not, we are in the minority, and we shouldn't expect the majority to cave into something that is, at this point, not experienced by the majority of people. Would it be nice? Sure. Is it required? No.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by JayDee » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:57 am

D.H. wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:10 pm

The point isn't to complain.
No guff there - My point was that one can be reasonably prepared to accommodate their own special needs (xPAP or others), in which case the hotel you stay in won't matter. Alternatively, if you have any special needs that you can't reasonably be prepared to accommodate on your own, then those "needs" should be arranged & agreed upon when booking the reservation *and* also reflected in the booking notes *and* independently confirmed with the local hotel staff by calling the actual hotel prior to arrival. That sounds like a lot, but it's really quite simple to do and something one with special needs should be comfortably accustomed to doing.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by zoocrewphoto » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:33 pm

Midwest_non_sleeper wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:46 am

I'm with Loki on this. If there is one thing that being in the military has taught me, it's that it's always better to have and not need, than to need and not have.

I stay prepared regarding my cpap, therefore, I don't have to march in streets demanding that someone changes their business or personal model just for me. I'm not that special.

I have never experienced a problem in any hotel anywhere. Because I make it work, regardless of the circumstances. Outlet on the other side of the room? Extension cord or I guess I'm sleeping on the floor near it. The point is, like it or not, we are in the minority, and we shouldn't expect the majority to cave into something that is, at this point, not experienced by the majority of people. Would it be nice? Sure. Is it required? No.
I'm with you, too. I travel frequently, by car. I have some more leeway since I am not flying. But I stay prepared. I even have a battery car charger with outlets that stays in the car. (Not the marinedeep cell that goes to certain events, though I have used that to jump start my van a long time ago) I also have a really good first aid kit that stays in the van and a supply box that has a full set of clothes, extra jacket, long sleeve shirt, extra leggings, extra shoes, some non-perishable food, etc. I learned this after going to a commercial shoot for my cat in Portland. (I live in Seattle). I did not know that I would be out in the rain part of the day, and I did not have extra clothing. I thoughed it out okay, but got sick later. Since then, I realized it would be nice to have extra clothes handy. I have since gone down to Portland for the day and my alternator died. I spent the night at a friend's RV. Thankfully, I had clothes and stuff, and didn't have to ask for anything except the rides. I even keep my cat's supplies in the van since I travel, so I have cat food, litter box, etc. I have had a pair of shoes crap out on me, and I used the extra shoes in the van. My spare cpap machine is also in the van. It is inside something else so that it does not look like a laptop bag. I have used supplies from the first aid kit more than once. My mom needed allergy meds once, and I had benedryl in the car. At work, my coworker was trying to remove a splinter with the tweezers in the first aid kit (lousy plastic ones). I went to my car, got my tweezers, and it was out in 10 seconds. I now have a small kit in my locker as well.

I do not travel light. But I do travel prepared. Last year, I went on a 3 week trip, by van, to Florida from Washington and back. With my mom and 3 cats. We both use cpap machines, and we had no problems. My only issues with hotels that I need to take extra care are, elevator or first floor; and cat friendly.

I was taught to be prepared. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Related to Murphy's law. I will be having gallbladder sugery soon. Most websites online say that recovery is usually fairly easy and you up and walking around quickly. I have also met somebody who said she could barely walk for over a week. Since my bathroom is not on the same floor as my bedroom, and I really want to sleep in my own bed after the surgery, I bought a bed side coomode. If I am fine, I can do the stairs, but I will have it just in case. And because of that, I probably won't need it :) Seems like a worthy investment to me.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by zoocrewphoto » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:39 pm

JayDee wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:57 am
D.H. wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:10 pm

The point isn't to complain.
No guff there - My point was that one can be reasonably prepared to accommodate their own special needs (xPAP or others), in which case the hotel you stay in won't matter. Alternatively, if you have any special needs that you can't reasonably be prepared to accommodate on your own, then those "needs" should be arranged & agreed upon when booking the reservation *and* also reflected in the booking notes *and* independently confirmed with the local hotel staff by calling the actual hotel prior to arrival. That sounds like a lot, but it's really quite simple to do and something one with special needs should be comfortably accustomed to doing.

Thanks,
-JD
Exactly. As I mentioned in another post, I need to make sure I don't get stuck with stairs (especially with my mom, but multiple trips with heavy stuff will set off my asthma). And cat friendly. Many hotel websites say pet friendly. Most do not accept cats even though they say pet friendly. I always check the pet policy. Some will mention they accept cats or say no cats. But some pet friendly and do not mention cats either way. I email or call. I do not want to arrived and find out that my cats are not allowed. Years ago, I made the mistake of not confirming an elevator. I had to haul my stuff up the stairs, and that set off my asthma, which leaves me more susceptible for several days. And since I have to load everything in, and everything out, it can get bad. Otherwise, I can go months without an asthma attack. So, if I can't confirm an elevator, I will only stay there if I can reserve a handicapped room (guaranteed to be on the first floor if there is no elevator). If they ask when I get there, I will tell them they can move me as long as I am not stuck with stairs.

I have never had an issue with my cpap, so no reason to ask. I always carry my power strip with extenstion cord, so I know I will be fine. My cpap cord is pretty long too.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by D.H. » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:45 am

Since travel is picking up again, I though it would be useful to revive this topic and explain why I posted it.

If you're staying in a major city - even in the third world country - the hotels will be just fine. However, when you go to more remote places, you're likely to find things like electric sockets far from the bed, a single socket for an electric heater where it gets very cold at night, electric sockets that confirm to the country's old standard, etc.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by chunkyfrog » Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:56 pm

Hell no, I won't go.
Since the pandemic began, we have gone no farther than 40 miles from our doorway.
Unlike some, we accept the fact that nobody is all that special.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by greatunclebill » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:15 pm

D.H. wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:45 am
Since travel is picking up again, I though it would be useful to revive this topic and explain why I posted it.

If you're staying in a major city - even in the third world country - the hotels will be just fine. However, when you go to more remote places, you're likely to find things like electric sockets far from the bed, a single socket for an electric heater where it gets very cold at night, electric sockets that confirm to the country's old standard, etc.
Electric sockets? you're bringing adtapters for light sockets to plug your cpap in? why not just plug into the wall outlet?

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by chunkyfrog » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:47 pm

Electric socket--hmm, sounds like a small town jail.
The only wiring to the cell is in the light fixture.
Can't play a radio, etc. without a little "hardware".
Shoot, poor folks often take jail in lieu of a fine.
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Now we know where D.H. spends his holidays . . .

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by milaaady » Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:33 pm

D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm
Here are some suggestions. Does anybody have anything to add to the list?


For a hotel to be CPAP-friendly, it should meet the following criteria:
• A bedside night table large enough to accommodate a large CPAP without displacing a lamp, telephone, radio, or anything else on that table. Preferably, it should be lower than you head.
• An electric socket near the bed that can be used without displacing anything already plugged in. The socket should be of the configuration, voltage, and frequency expected for the country in which it is located. Alternatively, there can be a universal socket.
• An adjustable (and working) thermostat to allow you to set a comfortable room temperature in degrees Fahrenheit or degrees Celsius.
Honestly the only think I wish all hotels would do is offer distilled water. I travel quite a bit for work and having to bring the water is my biggest issue. Just have some bottles of distilled water on the counter and you can gab and go when you check in. Or if you have an account with chain a place to note that you have cpap in your party and distilled water would be needed and the give it to you. That might be better so other folks don't grab it thinking it is drinking water.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by palerider » Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:37 pm

milaaady wrote:
Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:33 pm
Honestly the only think I wish all hotels would do is offer distilled water.
https://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t171 ... water.html

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Julie » Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:38 pm

Unless you know for sure that local water is not good, most places you can use tap water with no problem, including at home. The distilled water is not for 'you' but to help keep the tank clean. Many people don't use distilled at all.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by milaaady » Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:59 pm

I have used tap water when needed. Some water does smell funky and one never knows what the water will be like. I grew up with well water that was fine to me but my cousins didn't like it. I have had really bad water. One place I was only at for 2 months because the water was so bad. I left my washer behind!

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by zoocrewphoto » Tue Dec 21, 2021 3:44 am

milaaady wrote:
Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:59 pm
I have used tap water when needed. Some water does smell funky and one never knows what the water will be like. I grew up with well water that was fine to me but my cousins didn't like it. I have had really bad water. One place I was only at for 2 months because the water was so bad. I left my washer behind!
I just use normal bottled water. I travel by car, so I always have a cooler full of water anyway.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by chunkyfrog » Tue Dec 21, 2021 3:27 pm

Whenever possible, travel by car.
:mrgreen:
I have flown, but it seems those in charge are dedicated to inconveniencing
as many people as possible.

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