What to Pack for the Hospital

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When faced with a medical emergency, it’s easy to forget to pack the things you’ll want or need for a stay in the hospital. However, in many instances, like expecting a baby or staying for a surgery, you know that you’ll be staying a few days. Below are some vital items we recommend you pack when you know you’ll be in the hospital overnight.

Personal Care Items

Make sure to pack personal care products such as toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorants, wash cloths and towels. Though some hospitals may supply some of these items, these are things you won’t want to be without.

Prescription Medications

We recommend you bring your prescription medications when you visit the hospital. Obviously, your doctor needs to know what prescription medication you take on a regular basis, and having the medication is handy for that reason, but also, because you may need to continue taking your medication while you’re in the hospital. Also, include any other health items you feel necessary to your well-being.

Insurance and Identification

Be sure to bring your insurance card and identification card, as it is critical to the work of the healthcare personnel; it’s also good for us to ensure that we are working with the right patient.  Like any other public service, you will be required to present this information upon your hospital visit.

Reading Materials

Visiting the hospital for an extended period of time can create a feeling of idleness and boredom. Bring a book or a magazine to read or an activity to stimulate your mind during your stay.

Clothing

Though you will be provided with a hospital gown, you may the option of wearing your personal clothing—we recommend comfortable clothing to make it easier for our staff members to perform their jobs efficiently. You’ll also want clean clothing you can wear home on departure day.

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