Tips & Tricks

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

Anyone who has done the chronic illness thing for awhile can attest that having a hospital “plan” is key. There are times you go into the ER and you don’t know if you will be staying for just that day, overnight, weeks, or longer. Covid has changed the healthcare system a lot because they don’t allow visitors in most hospitals anymore. For us, my hospital is about an hour and a half away from my house. So packing a bag to take to the ER for overnight stays is CRUCIAL. It’s a trek to bring me an item only to have to drop it off and head back home. SO, here is my list of things not to forget to take in your hospital bag:

This was my first designated hospital blanket. Gifted from a dear family friend!
This hand sanitizer is currently unavailable. So the one I linked is what I use now!
Honestly cannot remember why my hospital band is on my ankle.
Early morning hours during a 2 1/2 week stay at the hospital.
  • Snacks- This is a new trick I heard and I’m definitely going to use it in the future. I always get hungry at weird times of the day and night. And, unlike home, you can’t just have food at whatever time… so bring a couple of non-perishable items like crackers, bars or some fruit.
  • List of medications- This is important because upon admission they will need to know all of your medications. Name, dosage, frequency, last dose. The list can be on your phone, but just have it handy. On a better day, I can name all that info off the top of my head… but when I am “ER ill”, I can’t even talk. 

I’ve never been the type to shower when I’m in the hospital (even when I’ve been in for weeks). I know, gross maybe. But I’ve legit just always been too sick and showering is one of my hardest activities so I don’t even know how I would manage to take a shower while admitted. Therefore, bringing hygiene items is KEY. This is what I bring:

I got these almost 2 years ago and I only have lost or had to throw away a couple.

Ok, well… I hope you have a big bag! HA! But seriously, I hope this list helps you or someone you know! Thank you so much for reading! 

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