How to Create a Chemo Kit

Not knowing what to expect, what to bring or how you will feel on your first day of chemo, can become very daunting. We all know chemo can be horrible but packing a chemo kit with things that give you comfort can really help lower your anxiety. Here are my go-to items, which made my chemotheraphy sessions a little more fun and more comfortable.

 
Comfortable clothing
  • Wear a short sleeve or V-neck shirt to make it easier for the treatment technician to put an IV in your arm or a port in your chest.
  • I would always wear my favourite clothes, as this gave me the confidence to leave the house and travel to the treatment centre. 
  • Wear different layers, as treatment centres can be rather cold due to the air con or you may have hot flashes. 
Journel 
  • This can be used to write down any important information or used as a hospital passport. 
  • Chemotherapy treatment days can be long and emotional. Writing down your feelings can help you process them. 
Comfort 
  • Bring fluffy socks, cosy blanket, scarf, hats or slippers, to help relax you and make you more comfortable. 
Snacks 
  • Chemotherapy can take a long time.
  • You might want to bring plain snacks, as this will be easier to eat if you begin to feel nauseous. 
Eletronics 
  • Listening to music or meditations can be a great distraction.
  • Ipad/laptop to watch movies, read, or go through holiday photos to make you smile.
Water Bottle 
  • Chemo can be very dehydrating.
  • Drinking lots of liquid before, during, and after chemotherapy sessions can also alleviate feelings of nausea and help flush the toxins out of your body more quickly.
  • Hydrating before blood tests also makes it easier for nurses to access your veins.

 

Nausea relief

 

  • Peppermint is great for nausea. Try mints, essential oil, or peppermint tea. 
  • Ginger tea and ginger sweets can also help.
  • Anti-nausea acupressure wristbands.
  • Aromatherapy. 

 

Skin Care 

  • Chemotherapy can make your skin extremely sensitive, so look for a fragrance-free cream or moisturiser and you might want to bring some lip balm too. 

Oral Care 

  • Chemotherapy is notorious for causing a dry mouth or leaving a metallic taste in your mouth. A toothbrush and toothpaste or a small bottle of alcohol-free mouthwash may be helpful.
  • Or try gels, oral sprays or even sweets.