Coming to the Hospital? What Should You Pack?

Coming to the Hospital? What Should You Pack?

The idea of having to come to the hospital can evoke feelings of fear and stress.  If you are having surgery or a procedure that requires you to stay overnight, deciding what to bring with you can add additional stress. Whether expected or unexpected, it’s always good to know what to pack or have a family member or friend pack for you.

The key is to bring as few belongings as possible. This is helpful and minimizes items getting misplaced or lost especially if you are being moved from one unit of the hospital to another. It is important to take only the items you need, items that can be packed up and transported easily. This will help staff coordinate the transfer of your items in the event you cannot supervise the collection due to a medical condition or an emergent situation.

The “What to Bring to the Hospital Checklist” should include the following:

  • Medication list of your prescriptions and their dosages.
  • Personal care items including toiletries and sanitary items you use daily.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Glasses or contact lenses and a container to store them with your name on them.
  • Pajamas, socks, and other clothing that will help make you feel more comfortable during your stay.
  • Mobile phone and a charger.
  • Sleep masks and earplugs, if approved, can assist in helping you sleep.
  • Contact details of your next of kin.
  • Any legal paperwork you have such as Power of Attorney or Living Will.

If you do end up taking personal belongings to the hospital, such as a wallet or keys, please notify the nurse and ask that your items be placed, by security, in a safe until you leave.

If you have additional questions on what to bring to the hospital to help make your stay more accommodating and promote a healing environment, speak with your physician.

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