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What's in my hospital bag 🎒

In June i had a small procedure done, which was a day surgery, however due to my complex medical history i needed to stay overnight. Whilst packing, i was trying to find other posts online about what to pack for a overnight hospital stay and what is important to take. Sadly, 99% of posts found were all about maternity stays, which means they were tailored for pregnant women.


I am writing this post for others spoonies out there who may need to stay in the hospital and are unsure of what to take with them!


First, I packed a robe, Slippers, medicines, heat patches, towel and pajamas. These were on the list that the hospital provided and the nurse also later mentioned to bring with.


I took a small hand bag. Here's a full list of what I packed :

  • Pajamas

  • Robe

  • Slippers

  • Medications

  • Heat patches

  • Towel

  • 1 outfit for leaving the hospital and 1 for in case. All comfortable clothing.

  • 2 pairs of underwear

  • Socks

  • Pads - very grateful I took my own as the hospital ones were not comfortable

  • Toiletries- toothpaste, Toothbrush, body wipes and toilet wipes, face cream, hair brush, face wash.

  • I pad and airpods

  • Chargers

  • Deodorant and body spray/perfume

  • Hoody


I had my backpack which always has a tissue packet, bank card, chnage and notes, chewing gum, a water bottle, hand cream, lip balm and any other essential i may need, depending on where I'm going.


I didn't end up needing socks, except 1 pair for when I was leaving, as the hospital wanted me to stay in compression socks which they provided. I knew I was going to be there for 1 day so I didn't take body shampoo, i also didn't have the energy for a shower. However if I needed to stay longer my mum could've brought some up for me.


I wished I had taken a book to read as I was waiting for a while for my procedure in the morning and was quite bored ! Also, if there's a next time I would take an eyemask as the lights were a little annoying. Ear plugs are another thing to take as hospitals can be very noisy !


Hospital stays are never fun so try to pack something to do, something that you can take that makes you happy and feels like home etc.


Hope this helps someone! It's pretty basic and you may need more or less or have your own list of things you prefer to take.