By TMoM Team Member Sandy Harper

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to learn what one needs, and doesn’t, for an overnight or a few day stay at the hospital as a visitor. Based on my personal trial and error over multiple hospital stays, I’ve created a list, by categories of what to bring. On the other hand, I am also listing what not to bring and why. This list is good for no more than a one to three day stay.

Personal Hygiene Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste – Though, some hospitals offer these to visitors.
  • Contact needs/eyeglasses
  • Daily personal meds/vitamins
  • Tylenol (pain med) – You may be at a hospital but the meds are just for the patients. You don’t want to get a headache with no way to help it.
  • Chapstick and lotion – Hospitals are dry!

Comfort Needs

  • One “comfortable” outfit change
  • Sweater/sweatshirt
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Warm socks

Entertainment Needs

  • Phone charger
  • Computer/tablet
  • Book/Magazine
  • Headphones

Don’t Need – Hospitals Typically Supply

  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Towel/washcloth
  • Soap/hand sanitizer
  • Meals – You can order guest meals (you do have to pay for this).

Remember whatever you pack you have to tote it through the hospital. Consequently, try to pack only one bag. Also, consider packing light. I made the mistake of over packing on my first overnight visit. Moreover, very much regretting it.

What other items do you think need to be on this list? Do you have experience on the topic that you can share? Please, share them in the comments.

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