Chemo bag necessities
Don't let your loved one go to chemo empty handed. A few necessary items will help make the experience a lot more comfortable.
Here's what you need to pack:
Pillow & Blanket - Your loved one will likely get cold while receiving chemo. It's a good idea to have a blanket or sweater on hand. You may also want to pack a hat and warm socks. The treatment could take several hours. That's where the pillow comes in.
Water - Lots of it. Chemo can cause dehydration and headaches. Make sure your loved one is drinking plenty of fluids. This includes water, coconut water, sports drinks and juice. The fluids will also help flush the toxins out of the bloodstream quicker.
Snacks - As we said, this could take a while. If you don't want to rely on hospital food, it's a good idea to bring your own. Remember it's important that your loved one doesn't eat too heavily during treatments. We recommend light snacks that are on the bland side. Think: crackers, granola bars, sandwiches, bagels, etc.
Hard Candy or Mints: Chemo can cause dry mouth. It may also cause a metallic taste to creep up. Mints, ginger chews, or other similar candies can help with this.
Chapstick & Lotion - Again - dryness. Lip balm and lotion will help keep the lips and skin moist.
Entertainment - Books, magazines, an iPad, or best of all - family & friends. This definitely helps the time go by quicker.
Designated Driver - It's likely your loved one will feel very tired once the treatment is done. May be a good idea to make sure he or she has a safe ride home
Added tip: Angela's mom wore the same outfit for every treatment. When she finished her last one she threw the clothes away, so she'd never be reminded of her chemo experience when looking for something to wear.