What to Bring to the Hospital

Laura Cox
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
04/11/16  2:26 PM PST
What to Bring to the Hospital

Being prepared for the hospital will help make your hospital stay as pleasant as possible. There are certain supplies you need to make sure you bring and other things you can pack to make you comfortable. Here’s a list of suggestions for what to bring to the hospital.

Health Supplies and Necessities 

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance Card
  • Medical Records
  • List of Emergency Contacts
  • Ostomy Supplies
  • Pills, just in case the hospital doesn’t carry all of your medications
  • Phone and phone charger
  • Notebook and pen to write down any information or questions for the doctors
  • Underwear


  • tablet or laptop and charger
  • Puzzles, DVDs, books, music
  • Art supplies


  • Deodorant
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Glasses and/or contacts
  • Razor
  • Tissues
  • Hair brush


  • Sandals for shower
  • Earplugs
  • Eye cover
  • Comfy clothes, preferably short sleeves or long sleeves with zip or button up front so the physicians can access your IV
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Chapstick and lotion
  • Posters or decorations to make the room as comfy and happy as possible
  • Snacks
  • Candy for nurses – they’ll like coming to your room!
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Heating pad for abdomen

If you have any other suggestions about what to bring to the hospital, we would love to hear your list!

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  1. Andrew
    Posted April 14, 2016 at 10:46 am PDT

    I always bring headphones or ear buds with my phone or tablet. Helps to ‘get away’ from hispital sounds, plus, it is a courteous thing to do if you nust share a room. Also, bring your Patience and Positivity!

  2. Posted April 14, 2016 at 11:20 am PDT

    Great suggestion about the headphones! I LOVE that you said to bring patience and positivity! These are two things we can’t pack, but are so important to cope with a hospitalization! Thanks for sharing Andrew! 🙂

  3. Ed Abel
    Posted April 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm PDT

    Hi, Laura, how about a dressing gown? I’ve no experience of US hospitals, but in the UK the places can get chilly (or overwhelmingly hot). Also as well as credit cards, take enough old-fashion money for those trips to the hospital shop and vending machines as you get back on your feet again.

    Don’t leave your sense of humour at home. Whatever you’re going through, smiles and laughter help you as well as the others you encounter, from the doctors and nurses right through to the cleaners…

  4. Posted May 4, 2016 at 9:19 am PDT

    I love this whole comment! Yes, it’s generally pretty chilly in the hospitals here too! I always bring my comfiest slippers and pajama bottoms.

    Sense of humour is imperative to healing and coping! I don’t know about you, but sometimes physicians haven’t taken my pain as seriously because I smile and am cheerful when they walk in the door, even though I’m in pain. I end up having to explain that it’s how I cope and that it doesn’t mean I don’t need help!

  5. Ed Abel
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm PDT

    Laura, sounds like physicians are the same everywhere. I guess they have trouble if you appear bubbly as they have got used to patients who haven’t been able to find the energy inside to be positive… Getting your head around being ill and keeping going is a whole other topic! Still it seems to be working well for you so don’t change your strategy. Your posts are inspirational.

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