8 things on my hospital stay packing list

Last updated on Wed, 14th Sep 2022

I’ve been told that my hospital stay after surgery will be 2-3 days, so I’m trying to plan for all the things I’ll need to pack and bring into the hospital.

I’m having my surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, and so there are some unique considerations. Nobody is allowed to visit me in hospital, and as such I need to think about things like having adequate means to communicating with the outside world, and also keeping myself entertained while I’m on my own. And with no visitors, I won’t be able to get someone to bring in extra items.

1. Night wear

Loose lightweight clothing for sleeping in, like pyjamas or lounge wear, that are easy and comfortable to get in and out of.

2. Dressing gown and slippers

Required before surgery when moving around the hospital, to keep warm and help protect modesty – and also after surgery, as the surgeon will encourage getting out of bed and moving about as much as possible.

3. Toiletries

Basic grooming kit, perhaps with travel-sized products which are great, and maybe also some wet wipes to clean and refresh when not able to take a shower.

4. Current medication

Existing prescription medication needs to be handed over to the nursing staff, so that they can dispense along with any other meds that you need.

5. Ear plugs and eye mask

Hospitals can be noisy environments, with people moving about at night and machines bleeping, so these are invaluable for getting some sleep.

6. Mobile phone and charger

A mobile is vital to keep in contact with family and friends, and to get a regular fix of news and entertainment.

7. Tablet and headphones for entertainment

A larger screen for entertainment purposes – or indeed distraction from the pain – loaded with streaming apps like Spotify, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video – and hopefully the hospital has good wifi!

8. Clothes to wear to travel home

Might be able to wear the same clothes that were worn for arrival, if they are loose and easy to put on – but definitely need new underwear.

If you can think of some other important things to bring, let me know in the comments!

One Comment

  1. Richard said:

    I just thought of a new item to add onto the list: a payment card (credit/debit card) to pay any health insurance excess.

    Mon, 24th Aug 2020

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