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Caregiver Preparedness Bag

As a caregiver, you will likely spend many hours in cancer centers for treatment sessions. Likewise, patients can spike a fever and must go immediately to an emergency room. Unfortunately, hospitals aren’t typically designed for caregiver comfort.

We recommend creating a caregiver “go” bag to have at the ready. Being prepared can make treatment sessions go a little faster or the unplanned trip to the hospital a little easier – for both the patient and you. Customize it for your needs, but here’s a starter list.

  • A copy of your loved one’s medication list, medical history, and physician list/contact information
  • Insurance cards
  • Family and friends contact list
  • Cell phone and tablet or computer
  • Headphones/music player
  • Chargers for your electronic devices
  • Healthy snacks – nuts, granola, popcorn, and a bottle of water
  • Magazines or a good book
  • Entertainment items such as crossword puzzles or knitting
  • Pen and notepad
  • Comfortable clothes that you can wear in layers (some facilities get cold)
  • Socks
  • A favorite blanket for your loved one and a small travel blanket for you
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Tissues
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • A small flashlight
  • Toothbrush/travel size toothpaste
  • Small pillow
  • Lip balm