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Filling Your Travel Bag (Part 2)

Now that you have found the perfect bag, let’s talk about filling it.

Have a look around you. What things are you unable to live without?  What if you are forced to leave your home quickly from fire, flood or hurricane?  Could you tell someone what you need, in your absence?  A pre-packed bag will keep it all in one place. I redo as my needs change.

What to include in your travel bag

My pharmacist gives me a list of current medications along with dosages including puffers. I update my list as my meds change. I also include a small book to use as a journal with a pen or pencil and have a book to read and a crossword puzzle in case of no power or electrical hook up.

Other than my personal underwear and a pair of slippers, it’s not necessary to take lots of clothes. You may want a sweater or jacket to wear if you get cold and one pair of decent PJ’s. I pack a pair of used and comfortable ones or jogging pants and comfortable t-shirts, but in hospital, it is often easier to wear the gowns provided. I include a few disposable laundry bags to separate dirty clothes.

Electronics have a dual purpose of helping me to stay in touch with everyone, and keeping me entertained. Remember to pack extra charging cords for your phone and your tablet along with extension cords that are approved. I have them in one place along with an 8-hour charger in case. Keep a list of passwords on your phone by creating a NOTES section.

More tips for packing a travel bag

Everything I take to the hospital is packed in small containers. I buy them at a dollar store and fill from home.  My cosmetic bag starts with dry shampoo; one of the best kept secrets out there and very cost effective. A new toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste and a few inches of dental floss will go miles to make me feel human. Don’t forget a small bottle of moisturizer for your face, some nasal gel and Q tips, if you are using 02, as it is often very dry in hospitals. I also have a small comb and nail clippers.

Fans are necessary for air circulation. I found one for under $10.00 that can clip on a table or a chair. Since I use several fans at home, I have become accustomed to the white noise. Good air circulation helps my breathing so having a fan will help me sleep better.

Have your BiPap or CPap case close to your suitcase, if you use one. Make sure you bring all the tubes, hoses and masks with you. The absence of a tube or hose can render the entire machine useless. Unless you are going to a medical facility, take as many canisters of oxygen as you can safely manage.

Remember to take something that is special to you and although having a pillow and blanket is often a huge comfort, I take my teacup.

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  • Marina
    7 months ago

    What i have done is put all my medications i use, in my iPhone. So if they ASK what medication i take (and i am out of breath) i just open notitions, mediccatins and they could read what i use. Its very very handy. Just take care you actalise it.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi Marina and thanks for sharing this idea with the community. As Barbara has said – that is a great idea. I do the very same thing and so does my wife. It has proved to be invaluable for one set of circumstances after another. We appreciate your input. Leon (site moderator)

  • Barbara Moore moderator author
    7 months ago

    Hi Marina, That is a great idea. Cell phones are so handy for those kinds of lists. Barbara Moore (author and site moderator)

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