[image shows 3 spoons laying on a laptop keyboard. Overlaid is a clipart of torn notebook paper with a red paper clip. On the paper reads “Packing for a Hospital Admittance” with a small blue backpack clipart. At the bottom of the banner is the URL for Thee Crohnie Grace Blog]
After forgetting a laptop charger and deodorant with my last hospital trip last weekend, I realized how important it can be to make a list when you pack to go to the hospital. From clothes to medications, there is actually a lot more things to take to a hospital than most people may think about.
First is clothes. Depending on the hospital and their policies, some places you will have to put on their hospital gowns, but it is always good to have clothes in case you do not have to stay in their gowns, and also so you have clean clothes when you go home. If you are not sure how long you are staying go ahead and pack at least two outfits. It helps if your hospital is close to home and you can have clothes brought to you as needed, but not always the case. Always pack extra underwear and socks, just to be on the safe side.
Next is medication. If you are on any medication, make sure to take it all with you so doctors know the exact dosage of everything you are on. It is hard to keep tract of lots of medications especially on top of all the stress of being at the hospital, so this way is much easier. It helps to have a specific bag just for medication so you do not have to dig through all the clothes and other things to get to them.
Thirdly, the essentials. Despite being essential, it is still number three on the list. This should include tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, mouth wash, hair brush, things for menstruation if it is that time of the month. While they will give you tooth brush and paste and deodorant, it is just not the same as what you may have at home. Personally I find that their deodorant is not very effective against my excessive sweating brought on by Prednisone.
Then comes the comfort items, distractions, etc. This is where you would include special blankets, stuffed animals, any special items that make you feel better, a deck of cards or colouring books to have something to do if you feel up to it, maybe movies if you know there is a way to watch movies or a book if you feel up to it. I typically bring crochet things because crocheting has become a mindless task to me that doesn’t require too much effort for me. Some hospitals have activities available, this is more often at children’s hospitals and even then it can never hurt to have stuff picked out for you because you know you best. Also in this would include a laptop and laptop charger. Do not forget your chargers, folks!
So to recap and also create a direct check list that you can use when packing for the hospital:
- Shirts (2): preferably comfy, loose fitting t-shirts
- Pants (2): sweat pants or leggings or shorts are the best for comfort
- Jacket or sweater: in case you get cold
- Undergarments (3-4): you can never over pack on under wear.
- Socks (2): In case they don’t have hospital socks that fit you well or are comfy.
- Medication: All of them. Including medical equipment and medical supplies.
- Tooth brush and Tooth paste: bonus if you get the travel pack sizes!
- Deodorant: whatever works best for you!
- Mouthwash: If you are prone to throwing up, more mouthwash is advised!
- Shampoo/Conditioner: Dry shampoo also works if you are not able to shower!
- Menstruation Stuff
- Glasses case/Contact stuff
- Chargers: phone, laptop, etc.
- Comfort blanket
- Stuffed animal
- Comfort/Security items: photos of family, special items with sentimental value
- Coloring book and pencils
- Anything else you might want!
Feel free to add more to your list as necessary or remove items that aren’t necessary. And I hope your hospital stays all go smoothly.
[Image shows me laying in a hospital bed with my short red hair, purple flower crown, NJ tube, all hooked up to my IV Medication through my port, wearing a hospital dress.]