Has anyone purchased a humidifier in Italy or France? I do not need a CPAP machine but do sleep much better with a humidifier, and thought it might be smarter to just buy one there rather than taking mine and needing a big enough converter. It seems that buying an extension cord once we get there is a good idea too. Your thoughts?

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14142 posts

First time ever for that question. Generally the complaint is too much humidity especially for Italy in the summer. Can you get portable humidifiers? The only ones I am familiar with are about half the size of my suitcase. The ones we used with our kids were cold so did not have a heating element so a small converter would have work fine for it. Just check the wattage requirement before buying a big converter.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
24207 posts

Judy, Although it will take some room in the luggage, perhaps THIS product would work. It's apparently dual-voltage, but of course a Plug Adaptor will be required. Cheers!

Posted by Sherry
San Jose, CA
1994 posts

I've purchased really tiny humidifiers at Walgreens/CVS for maybe $20 (footprint of maybe 2.5 by 6 inches), and they worked well (not long lived, but they work long enough before breaking, given the low cost). The reservoir is just a disposable water bottle. You might check the websites to see if the devices operate on dual voltage. When I'm in a really dry hotel room, I'll often run the shower on hot for a while (sometimes leaving the bathtub full), which really is quite effective in making the room more comfortable.

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
5691 posts

If you open your hotel windows, you probably won't need a humidifier. Fresh air is better for sleeping than being in a sealed-tight room, which is what you get in the US and then you need a humidifier.

Posted by Judy
Oakland, Ca, USA
7 posts

Thanks for your thoughts. We will be there mid May through early June, so I might just wait and see how it goes without a humidifier. I am sure that I can always pick one up there if I need it. Happy travels everyone.

Posted by Elaine
Mission Viejo, Calif., USA
916 posts

I'm sure your doctor will tell you that a humidifier isn't a substitute for a CPAP machine. If you need a CPAP and don't use it, you obviously could die. My husband used to use a CPAP. Many years ago he was fitted with a special mouth guard. There are specialists who make these mouth guards. My husband even had two diferent sleep-overs, to make sure the mouth guard was working for the Sleep Apnea. I also was suggested by my Head and Neck Doctor (used to be known as ENT's) to see a particuar specialist. My Head and Neck doctor, also was fitted for a particular mouth guard for his snoring. I went to his doctor and had a mouth piece made. The mouth guards cost around $2,500. My husband thinks it is much beter than having to wear the CPAP. He was suffering from a Trigeminal Nerve issue, with the CPAP. We use our humidifier regularly also.

Posted by Claudio
Bergamo, Italy
118 posts

May in Italy, the high humidity in many cities makes unnecessary the humidifier. I own the humidifier, but I use it only in the winter because of the radiators, in the summer I need a dehumidifier (fortunately, the air conditioner performs this function).