Heading to the Hospital: What’s In Your Bag?

Heading to the Hospital: What’s In Your Bag?

I think it was about December that my mom started asking if I’d packed my hospital bag yet. I had not.

While I didn’t wait until the very last minute, I came pretty close. I just wanted to take my time and enjoy the process, knowing that we were coming back home as a family of three. So up until a couple of days before going into labor, my hospital bag was empty.

I take that back. One thing that I had put a lot of thought into and made sure was in my bag was Shai’s coming home outfit. I went a little overboard with that – a Burberry onesie and matching hat and little Armani baby booties. I wanted something special, knowing full well that I’d never get rid of that outfit for as long as I live.

Side note: Mommies-to-be, don’t do what I did. I have no idea what I would have done had I gone into labor early. I just had this gut feeling that he wasn’t coming out any time soon. I guess I lucked out there.

As silly as it sounds, the best thing I brought was my own hospital gown. It was comfortable and made me feel good (as good as a hospital gown can, I guess). Considering I stayed in that for my entire stay, it was a wise investment.

Also, icy poles (popsicles for the Americans)! As ridiculous as it sounds, they were a lifesaver. I brought a bunch of snacks that I didn’t eat because I couldn’t. No matter how much I begged the nurses, I wasn’t allowed to eat any solid foods, so I ended up eating, like 15 icy poles. (Which reminds me: ladies, be sure to eat before heading to the hospital. You’ll thank me later.)

A few other essentials:

  • Notebook and pen – I wanted to remember as much of this experience as possible; so now I have a nice little record of all my thoughts and feelings.
  • Thick socks – It was winter and they kept my feet nice and toasty.
  • Bathrobe – It’s easy to throw on when you get in and out of the shower.
  • Flip-flops – Again, easy to throw on and take off.
  • Hair clips and ties –No matter how glam you want to look giving birth, it’s a tough, sweaty process. I put mine up as soon as the contractions started, which was good considering how fast he came out. The rest of my stay, I kept it in braids.
  • Toiletries – I brought my shampoo and conditioner from home. I wanted to be clean, but I wanted to feel as comfortable as possible, too.
  • Moisturizer – I don’t know what it is about hospitals, but my skin got SUPER dry.
  • Lanolin cream – If you’re breastfeeding, you will need this. Of course, the hospital has some if you need it, too.
  • Full brief underwear – Whether you have a C-section or natural childbirth, you’ll need this. Although, the disposable underwear the hospital had were awesome – I ended up taking a couple bags home with me!
  • ID card and any paperwork your doctor had given you.


Mommies out there, what did you end up packing in your hospital bag? Anything you ended up not needing or wish you had thought to pack? I’d love to hear from you!

Photo Credit: Shane Russeck

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  1. I wish I brought music to listen to while laboring, luckily one of my friends helped me out. I had a book I planned to keep a journal of my little guy’s firsts in, so I had the nurse make his foot prints in the first pages.

    Posted by: Abbey on June 28, 2017 at 2:40 am
  2. a camcorder is a must

    Posted by: Helen on May 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm
  3. Nail trimmers for the little one! I forgot them and my son had super long nails, so when we got home I tried to clip them and I clipped the tip of his finger off , would have been nice to have the trimmers and have the nurse show me the importance of the scissor!

    Posted by: Valerie on May 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm
  4. Remember to pack sanitary pads. You will need hem, and those provided by most hospitals are bulky and uncomfortable.

    Posted by: Linda J. Wesche on May 17, 2017 at 7:28 am
  5. My own pillow. Those few moments of sleep I was allowed, the familiar feel of my own pillow really helped.

    Posted by: Cmp on May 17, 2017 at 4:59 am
  6. I always packed earplugs, hospitals are noisy places and I am a light sleeper. Also my phone and charger, chapstick, comfy jammies (I hate those hospital gowns), 2 options for take home outfits (I had a blow out incident with one of the kids).

    Posted by: Mary on May 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm
  7. The best thing I packed was rose water. I don’t know what it is about it but my husband wiped my face and arms with it when I was in labor and it cooled me down and helped me relax. Plus the smell was amazing.

    Posted by: Merri on May 16, 2017 at 10:40 pm