• Tote bag, backpack, briefcase — one with several compartments may be helpful to organize your things

  • Journal

  • Book you are reading or one that you have wanted to read but have not had the time

  • Magazines

  • MP3 player and/or iPod or handheld game

  • Portable CD player and/or DVD player

  • Crocheting, knitting, or hobby that you are working on

  • A friend to keep you company

  • Healthy snacks to munch on:

    • Nuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, pumpkin seeds, etc.
    • Dark chocolate
    • Bananas
    • Grapes
    • Oranges
    • Pears
    • Power bars or energy bars (You may want to pick ones that support breast cancer such as Luna Bar's Berry Almond.)
    • Aluminum water bottle that is eco-friendly so you can have water with you
    • Small juice boxes for easy travel
    • Gatorade or power water to replenish your electrolytes and fluid
    • Trail mix
    • Green tea and white tea
    • Ginger tea for symptoms of nausea
    • Herbal teas
    • Jell-O snack cups or pudding cups
    • Yogurt for those bouts of diarrhea or to prevent stomach upset
    • Oatmeal, cream of wheat
    • Fresh fish
    • Chicken
    • Lean meat (organic preferred)
    • Broccoli
    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Potatoes, sweet potatoes
  • Bag lunch or breakfast

  • Lip balm for dry lips

  • Gum, breath mints, or hard candy for “chemo breath”

  • Ginger inhaler for nausea (You can often find this at a vitamin and herb store.)

  • Insurance or hospital registration cards

  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of your referral physicians and your primary care doctor

  • List of your medications and the pharmacy you use

  • Chemotherapy calendar or daily planner (see printable chemo calendar at Guide2Chemo)

  • Shawl or sweater

  • Pillow or favorite blanket

  • Water or carbonated drink to help with symptoms of nausea

  • Laptop to catch up on e-mail or update your facebook or web page

  • Stationery to send notes or thank-you cards to friends and family

  • Tape recorder or notebook to write any instructions that are given

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