Under the Hood
What's in the kit
Kits are full of practical, fun and comfort things people actually need to get through cancer treatment. Unlike hampers we have source product based around the specific needs of people going through treatment for cancer, be that chemo, radiation or something else. Each item has a story. Every story came from a real patient. Kit is the legacy of all the things people wished they had known the minute they were told “you have cancer” – in one beautifully packaged box of love. *products are customised in real time based on patient feedback, supply and availability – these are samples of what a KIT will look like. Each Kit contains real size products and some extra donated samples for you to try.
Journal, Stylus Pen & Thermometer:
It is really hard to remember everything that the doctors, nurses and medical teams tell you so it is really important to keep a journal and track of all the details along the way, this might include medications, dosages, side effects, toilet stops and especially your temperature that you need to take morning and night (we have popped one in the KIT for you). If your temperature goes over 38 you need to get to the hospital. Also don’t forget to write down any questions you might have for your medical team, as you can forget them along the way. The stylus pen inside is perfect as one can use it for both the journal and any smart devices you have – very convenient!
DRY MOUTH – Mouthwash, Toothpaste & Soft Toothbrush:
Winning and losing treatments are in the mouth. If you can eat and drink, you can fuel your body and stay in good condition. When in treatment you should wash your mouth out four times a day and brush your teeth after every meal with a soft toothbrush because your gums get very sensitive. This will help combat mouth ulcers, thrush and sores. Looking after your mouth is a not negotiable!
You might be at home or in the hospital or radiology and you just want to zone out. This is what headphones are for. Load your favourite tunes or podcasts onto your phone or music player, pop in your earphones, close their eyes and forget the world for a while. Tip: Want to be left alone? Pop your earphones in even without music, and you will find, people will give you that space you need.
With the amount of medications that you take during treatment rashes, constipation and diarrhea are all part of the parcel, “Nappy rash” also is something that no one talks about but comes with the issues of the “sore behind” so there is a tube of nappy balm to help any rash or irritation along the way. TIP: Start putting the cream the day before you start treatment in places you are prone to rashes, you might find that it help prevent them coming up at all.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration is so important and quite often during treatment you might go through bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea, which can cause severe dehydration. You can not ignore this. Hydralyte is the best thing to ensure that you replenish all of your electrolytes back into their body. There are a variety of yummy flavours to choose from, which is a bonus! Without a doubt these taste the best, we tried them all!
Aloe vera gel:
If you are going through some radiation, your skin can take a beating. It might be sensitive, burnt, uncomfortable or just sore. Make sure you keep your Aloe Vera Gel in the fridge and the cool gel will be an awesome relief to skin that is hot and hurts. We know that irritated skin is uncomfortable and this gel will just aid in the repair and relief.
Soft Hand Knitted Wash Cloth:
This soft, cotton wash cloth won’t irritate sensitive skin and will become your best friend in the shower.
To give your hands some extra love the hand cream will nourish and hydrate your hands.
*products will vary from photographed kits depending on availability.
Goat’s Milk Soap:
Your skin needs a lot of extra care during treatment, so it’s important to use gentle products that minimize the chance of skin aggravations. This goat’s milk soap not only smells and feels divine, but it also nourishes the skin and reduces any chemical interferences.
Being in and out of hospital, sometimes you don’t feel so clean! These wipes are perfect when you feel like a quick freshen up. Whether that be at the hospital or at home in bed, it’s nice to have these convenient wipes all times for hands, face (and butt) to make yourself feel better.
If you are having radiation you can get dry mouth, and if you are having chemotherapy your taste buds can change and things can taste yucky. So fruit tingles are one of the best things to cleanse the palette, get your mouth working, and taste OK. Always keep a pack in your bag.
If it’s chemotherapy or radiation your skin becomes sensitive to everything. So a gentle and sensitive moisturiser becomes an essential part of your daily skin routine. We have searched high and low for the best moisturiser and found that this Sorbolene is without a doubt the best one. It can be used all over the body with Glycerine providing additional moisturising and quick absorption. It’s hypoallergenic and pH balanced, non-greasy, fast absorbing, free of colour, perfume and lanolin.
It’s important to stay as healthy as possible during treatment, so hand sanitiser is the best way to avoid any unwanted germs and nasties. In a convenient travel pack, you can pop it your bag or have it in the car so you can apply it wherever you are.
Note: Especially useful after using public toilets!
It’s never nice drinking from those styrofoam cups at hospital visits or takeaways at coffee shops. The reusable cup will ensure you are drinking in style whether at home or the hospital and it’s better for the environment. We never leave home without one.
Cracked lips are uncomfortable and can be extremely painful so this balm will ensure that one’s lips are nourished.
The handy tissue purse pack sits easily into your bag so you’ll never get caught short when you have a sniffle or upset.
Sometimes those the taste buds need a treat. Glucojel jelly beans are made with all natural colours and add some energy with their glucose power. Great to share with a visitor if there are any left!