Are we talking about the same ICE pack?
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- Emergency forms- If you have kids or elderly loved ones, there is the likelihood that they will not know their emergency information. Set aside some time together to make lists describing any allergies, medical prescriptions, unusual afflictions and other important information to pass on to doctors.
- Hand sanitizer wipes- Disinfecting gel works great on hands, but is usually prevalent in hospitals and ERs. Use disinfecting wipes to clean both people and medical surfaces as you see fit.
- Plastic bags- It is amazing how much gets left behind in various patient rooms. Bring five small, medium and large plastic bags for smaller valuables that can get tucked into your ICE pack.
- Notepads and pens- Medical professionals can ramble off jargon that can be understood, but also forgotten. Write down important information in case you need to research or recall it later.
- Crossword games and puzzles- Even if a doctor quickly sees you, running tests always takes time. Chances are you will become bored. Bring puzzles and non-electronic items (certain hospitals allow electronics while others do not) to keep you busy. Don’t forget your cellphone charger too, just in case.
- Snacks- Vending machines are often salty and overpriced. Pack some nonperishable snacks like dried fruit or whole wheat crackers to tide you over until a real meal becomes available.
- The pack itself- Again, this bag is what you make it. Having it personalized or easy to open and close increases its value to your family and will ensures that it isn’t later left behind.