7 Items You Need To Have In Your Hospital Bag

By packing these items in advance, you can ensure that you have everything you need when you go to the hospital.

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If you're like most people, you probably don't give much thought to what you would need in your hospital bag until the last minute. And if you're like me, you'll probably forget something important. That's why we've put together this list of 7 items that are essential for any hospital bag. Let's get started

1. Incontinence Supplies

Incontinence supplies are essential for anyone who is hospitalized. This includes adult diapers, pads, and wipes. Many people struggle with this problem and thus, require incontinence support, especially during their hospital stay. If you are incontinent, it is important to have these supplies with you in case you need them. Although hospitals do provide these supplies, they may not have the specific type or size that you need.

2. Personal Care Items

Personal care items are essential to have in your hospital bag. You will likely want to have a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and a razor. If you wear contacts, you will also want to bring your contact lens case and solution. You may also want to bring a hairbrush and a few changes of clothes. Trust us, you will not want to be wearing the same clothes day in and day out. You will also want to bring any medications that you take regularly, as well as your insurance card.

3. Entertainment

A hospital stay can be long and boring, especially if you are stuck in a room by yourself. That's why it's important to bring some form of entertainment with you. This can include books, magazines, puzzles, or even a portable DVD player. If you have a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, make sure to bring these as well. This will allow you to stay connected with the outside world and keep your mind occupied.

4. Medications

Although you'll be in the hospital, you will still need to take your medications. Be sure to bring all of the medications that you take on a regular basis, as well as any over-the-counter medications that you may need. This includes pain relievers, cold medicine, and more. You should also bring a list of your allergies, just in case you need to be given any new medications.

5. A Robe and Slippers

A robe and slippers are a must-have for any hospital stay. This is because you will likely be walking around the hospital in your robe and you will want to be comfortable. Plus, it can get cold in a hospital, so having a robe will help keep you warm. Many hospitals also require that you wear slippers while you are in your room. In addition, some conditions, such as MRSA, can be spread through contact with the floor, so it's important to wear slippers to protect yourself. A comfortable robe will keep you warm and make you feel more at home, while soft slippers will protect your feet from the cold floors.

6. All the Paperwork

Be sure to bring all of the paperwork that the hospital will need, such as your insurance card and a copy of your driver's license. You should also bring a list of your allergies and any medications that you are currently taking. In addition, you will need to sign a few consent forms before your procedure. The hospital should provide these forms, but it's always a good idea to bring your own copy just in case.

When it comes to paperwork, it is also important to bring a copy of your advance directive, if you have one. An advance directive is a legal document that states your end-of-life wishes, such as whether or not you want to be resuscitated. 

7. Baby Essentials

If the reason for your hospital stay is to give birth, then you will need to pack a few extra items for your baby. This includes diapers, wipes, clothes, blankets, and formula. In addition, you will also want to bring a car seat so that you can take your baby home safely. By packing these items in advance, you can be sure that you have everything you need for your new arrival.

There are many items that you will want to have with you when you go to the hospital. This includes personal care items, entertainment, medications, a robe and slippers, and all of your paperwork. In addition, if you are having a baby, be sure to pack some essentials for your little one. By packing these items in advance, you can ensure that you have everything you need when you go to the hospital.

Kellee Maize Team

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