Make a date. Make an appointment, put it on your calendar, and keep it! Clear your schedule and have an escort available to take you home after.
Stock up on soft toilet paper. You will have loose stools the night before your colonoscopy — a lot of them. By morning, this improves.
You can eat the day before your colonoscopy. That’s right, you can. Fiber is your friend every day of the year except the days before your colonoscopy. While individual doctors’ recommendations differ, many doctors now permit a “low residue” diet — soft foods that pass quickly through the colon — the day before your colonoscopy. Eggs, fish, chicken (no skin), and pasta with butter (not tomato) sauce are allowed, but you should save the whole-grain bread, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fiber-packed cereal for after your procedure. You cannot eat the morning of the test, but you can drink your coffee black up to four hours before.
Add a little flavor to your (prep) drink. Many preparations can be mixed with beverages you already like to drink to make them more palatable and easier to tolerate. Try finding your favorite Gatorade flavor or shop Crystal Light or coconut water options if you need lower sugar alternatives.