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Smelling peppermint oil can reduce nausea

 What to pack in your chemo bag

katelyn tomaszewski
If you have never had chemotherapy, it’s hard to know what to expect when going for your first time.  Up Cancer team has done the research for you. At this point, it’s important to note that there can be a lot of downtimes when getting chemotherapy and you could be getting your infusion for several hours. When going to chemotherapy you should dress comfortably, when getting chemotherapy your body temperature can just around from cold to hot a lot.  Therefore, we recommend that you dress in layers so it’s easy to take off layers or put them back on.
  Up Cancer Chemo bag tip
Firstly, bring a journal to your cancer treatments for anything you might want to write down. Writing passes the time as well as helps you take your mind off where you are.

A Friend
Whether it’s your first chemotherapy or your 20th it can still be scary so it’s important to have the support of your friends and family. It’s important to keep in mind that your friends and family might feel helpless and will be open to the idea of joining you. This can deeper friendships and give you time to talk about things you wouldn’t ordinarily talk about.

Pillow and blanket
As mentioned before cancer can change your body temperature can change from cold to hot without warning. Therefore, bringing a blanket and pillow can make your experience more comfortable. Having your own blanket and pillow can not only give you only physical warmth but emotional warmth as well.

A Good Book
This might only apply to you if you like to read but a good book is always a good idea. Even if you don’t get a chance to read them it’s nice to have them there just in case. Try skipping the cancer books and going for something that is more inspirational. These books can help take you out of your current situation.

All Technology needs
It’s important to bring a phone charger when going to chemo. Along with a charger you could also bring a set of headphones in the event that you want to listen to music or watch an online video. You could as bring a laptop or tablet for more options on things to do. If you’re getting inpatient chemo you could bring your Xbox/PlayStation or other online games to chemo. Most of the time the hospital you will be receiving chemo at will have Wi-Fi.

Bring Snacks and Water
Any soft food would be an excellent snack. Ginger candy is also good because it helps with nausea. Little prepackaged snacks are also good because they require less effort to back before chemo. It’s also important to pack water, many patients get headaches while getting chemo and it’s important to stay hydrated. Dehydration can also intensity the headaches and make them worse. Stay hydrated!! Another good thing that helps with the nausea is the smell of peppermint oil.