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What to Pack for the Infusion or Treatment Center
Comfortable clothingComfortable clothing can be very handy, especially if you have to spend a long time at the infusion or treatment center. Remember to dress in layers, as it’s tough to predict what the temperature will be at the center. It’s important to be able to easily add or remove layers of clothing, as some treatments may make your loved one feel chilly, while others may make them feel hot. Remember, you may need to have access for the IV, so consider this when planning what to wear. You can also buy sweatshirts with zippers that allow easy access to the chest and arms.
A blanketMany infusion and treatment centers will provide blankets for patients, but a blanket from home may be a more comforting choice.
A personal pillowIf your loved one is facing a long round of infusions or other procedures, having his or her own pillow could add a dose of calm and familiarity.
Some form of entertainment
Having something to do can help pass the time and distract from what you and your loved one are going through. If the infusion or treatment center allows you to use your phone or tablet, you can load it with apps, music, movies, and ebooks. But don’t forget your charger and headphones!
It’s also a good idea to have non-electronic options as well. Books, magazines, playing cards, board games, and hobby or craft supplies are great to have on hand.
Snacks and waterHaving snacks and water can help both you and your loved one. Some treatments can take a long time or can be dehydrating, so your loved one may appreciate having a snack and some water. And while you may not be getting treated, you may still get hungry or thirsty while you wait. Hard candy is also a great way to help a dry mouth.
Folder, notebook, and penDuring your loved one’s treatment, you may need to take notes. Not all treatment centers will allow you to use phones or tablets, so having paper and a pen or pencil is a good idea. Paper and a pen or pencil can also be used for doodling or journaling. A folder will help you store and organize information and forms you may get during treatment.
You may want to save time by packing a bag ahead of time. When it’s time to head to the hospital or treatment center, you can just grab your bag and go.