7 Essentials for the Caregiver Travel Bag
- Patient Notebook – Pick up a small spiral bound notebook that fits in your bag. Here I keep notes about conditions, doctor appointments, side effects, and anything else I think is important. Keeping important information at your fingertips ensures you don’t have to recall the questions and answers from memory.
- Medicine List – Medicine regimens can change on a daily basis. I recommend you keep an updated list in hard copy inside your notebook. When your loved one is taking 10 or more medicines each day you don’t want to get confused. Don’t forget to list over-the-counter medicines, too.
- Phone Charger – You may spend hours in doctor’s offices or waiting rooms. If you use your phone for communication and record keeping it’s essential to have a wall charger with you. A portable charger is great, too. I usually have both. I often use my phone to play a game or two to de-stress. That activity really eats up battery life, so I need to be prepared.
- Hand Sanitizer – Combat the spread of illness by washing your hands and applying hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer also is great to apply to chairs, tables, and other hard surfaces in waiting rooms. Germs are everywhere.
Caregiver Travel Bag Essentials for You
Taking care of yourself on the caregiver journey is so important. Eating right, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep are critical for your own health and wellness.
- Snacks – You need to pay attention to your bodies needs. Having healthy snacks on hand can combat hunger and keep you from becoming moody. One of my new favorite snacks is Metamucil Fiber Thins. They come in three tasty flavors, but chocolate is my favorite. They not only keep me full and satisfied, they help promote digestive health, too. The Metamucil Fiber Thins are individually wrapped making them a perfect fit for the caregiver travel bag and on-the-go snacking. Metamucil Fiber Thins, just like other Metamucil products contain psyllium fiber to promote digestive health. As caregivers having a healthy digestive system keeps you regular, too. Your health matters!
- Water – Stay hydrated. As the caregiver, you will need to be alert and ready to assist your loved one. Keeping a refillable water bottle in your caregiver travel bag will ensure you have the ability to get water as needed.
- Toiletries – Just the essentials. My bag has deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and baby wipes. If I get stuck out for hours or need to spend the night in a hospital room, I can freshen up until I can get home to shower and change.
I have a few more things in my larger travel bag like a change of clothes, laptop, and books. I keep that bag in the car so it’s ready if we end up staying at the hospital or go out for the entire day.
The caregiver role for me has been trial and error. I am learning as I go. A few years ago, I would have never thought to pack a caregiver travel bag. It’s sort of like parenting all over again. I’ve just traded the diaper bag for a caregiver bag.
What essentials would you put in a caregiver travel bag?