20 Things You Need to Include in your Hospital Bag

(According to Real Patients)

Are you looking for a
specific medicine?
A trip to the hospital is never all that much fun. Whether you are admitted in a rush or you've planned a stay in advance, there’s no getting around the fact that you’d probably rather not be there. There are some things, however, that may make your visit a little easier, more comfortable, and less alien. We asked our community of patients what they recommend packing in a hospital bag, and the response was overwhelming.

While the list of hospital must-haves were incredibly diverse, we noticed a few themes running through many of the suggestions. Practical products like toothbrushes, undies, and a handheld fan (genius!) will certainly make the stay easier. Your favorite source of entertainment, such as books and iPads, will make the time pass a little faster. And, of course, some home comforts, like pictures of loved ones, blankets, and cosy socks, should help with any homesickness.

So, before you pack your bag, run through our patient-approved list of hospital must-haves and make sure you’re up to speed on exactly what to pack. Let the healing commence!

Here's a the checklist in a handy graphic, save it to your phone now, pin it, or send it to someone who needs it.

checklist for hospital stay

  1. A book.
  2. A toothbrush.
  3. Baby wipes.
  4. Undies.
  5. Mints.
  6. Photos of your family and friends.
  7. Soft tissues.
  8. Earplugs.
  9. A soft blanket.
  10. A fully-loaded iPad or tablet.
  11. Headphones.
  12. A notepad and pen.
  13. A handheld fan.
  14. Something to make you smell nice.
  15. Phone charger.
  16. A list of your questions.
  17. House shoes.
  18. A comb.
  19. A Teddy bear.
  20. Lots of socks.

An enormous thank you to our community members for contributing to this list. Thank you our_battle, molly_shamia, just_me_1of3, _divinemind_, breastcancersupportservices, Sagemcrage, cancerfreefaithallowed, crossingboundariesinc, sussi.louise, onefitsurvivor, dropdeadletters, justtly, shellruth, parker1tp2, candlescancer, r.s.s.1986, Pinkgilly2, maggie_vg65, billie_jean71, J.D. O’Connor,  S. Dowdy, S. Bitting, N. Donaldson, S.J. Hoylman, and K. Beresh.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to join our community and take part in posts like this one.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing can replace the care of your clinician or doctor. Please do not make changes to your treatment or schedules without first consulting your healthcare providers. This article is not intended to diagnose or treat illness.





Comments



Comment



Related Articles

Staff spotlight: Lieschen

Why can it take us three to four weeks to deliver a medicine, and what can customers do to speed things up?


Telling your child you have cancer

Suggestions from cancer survivors and their children


Registered with the Dutch Ministry of Health as an independent intermediary, Registration number 6730 BEM
Registered as a USA Delaware LLC.



Share our website

Follow us


DISCLAIMER: The Services of TheSocialMedwork do not replace a physician-patient relationship and are not intended as medical advice. TheSocialMedwork provides patients and physicians with existing treatment options abroad and creates access to these options after the patient and physician have made a professional decision. Privacy Policy / Terms and Conditions
Our service uses cookies.