Chemo prep and planning tick off checklist

Posted by Sara Liyanage on 08 October 2017


• Snacks
• Herbal tea bags, squash etc
• Hard boiled sweets or mints
• Antibacterial hand gels – small and large sizes
• Magazine/book
• Crosswords, puzzle book or mindfulness colouring book and pencils
• Handcream
• Lipbalm
• Gentle toothpaste and mouth wash (either for sensitive teeth or an organic brand)
• Soft toothbrush (possibly a child brush)
• Prescription medications
• Tissues
• Gentle shampoo and conditioner
• Eye drops for dry eyes
• Gentle shower gel and moisturizer
• Decent thermometer (shop around for this as you often find reductions in supermarkets)
• Travel sickness wrist bands to help with any nausea
• Over the counter medication which has been approved by your oncologist:
• Indigestion/heartburn remedies
• Paracetamol
• Throat sweets
• Throat spray
• Soft head caps and scarves
• PICC line covers (if you are having a PICC line) and make sure you have some day-wear ones and some waterproof ones for showers


• Warm socks or slippers.
• Water bottle
• Notebook and pen
• iPad/tablet/laptop with downloaded films etc. and earphones
• Warm scarf/shawl
• Blankets for the sofa
• Distractions for the rough days (TV box sets, films, books etc)


• Go shopping
• Make a dentist appointment
• Sort out your freezer to make room for frozen meals
• Make some meals to freeze
• Apply for your free prescription certificate
• Plan childcare and school run assistance
• Organise “Family Command Centre” at home
• Save important hospital contact numbers in your phone and keep a written note of them somewhere around the house
• Where you can get your head shaved
• Wig
• Make some frozen fruit juice ice lollies and freeze some fresh pineapple
• Make sure you have your chemo card (given to you by the hospital to inform anyone that you are undergoing chemo) on you at all times when you leave the house
• Someone to take you and bring you home from chemo
• Flu jabs for family members and possibly yourself (check with oncologist)
• Pack your chemo bag
• Pack your emergency hospital bag

The information and content provided on this page is intended for information and educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice.

Reviewed August 2021


Claire diagnosed in 2016
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