Essential Items to Pack for a Hospital Stay

Going into hospital is never fun, and if you know you will be staying overnight or even longer, packing thoughtfully for your stay is going to be crucial for your comfort. Although you may be busy at some points in hospital, seeing your consultant or undergoing treatment, much of your time there will be spent waiting about for something to happen, so keep this in mind when preparing your bag.

Consider your comfort as well as your boredom level, and try to take things that will make you feel happier and less stressed while you are there. Here are a few ideas for essential items to pack in your bag when you are getting ready for a hospital stay.

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Pyjamas, Dressing Gown and Slippers

Chances are you’ll be spending at least some of your time in bed, so take whatever you feel most comfortable wearing. Hospital gowns can be itchy and uncomfortable, so pack your fluffiest pyjamas and cosiest dressing gown so you can stay comfy during your stay.

Books and Magazines

Waiting around in hospital is no fun at all, and with nothing to do, you’ll only focus on the treatment at hand and start to worry unnecessarily about things. Keep your mind busy with a good book, an interesting magazine or some crossword puzzles to stay calm and collected during your stay.

Mobile Phone, Charger and Useful Numbers

Hospitals now allow the use of mobile phones in some parts of the building, so make sure you take yours with you to keep in touch with family and friends. Take the number of your insurance company if you have one, as well as good solicitor company such as Injury Lawyers 4U so you can get specialist advice should you need to.

iPod or Music Player

The sounds in a hospital are not conducive to creating a relaxed and calm mood. Slamming doors, arguing relatives and crying babies can all add to the stress of your situation, so take a music player loaded with your favourite songs to help shut out the hustle and bustle from time to time.

Toiletries and Makeup

You might not be allowed to wear makeup if you are going into surgery, but once you start feeling better it’s amazing what a wash and some mascara can do for your state of mind. Take a small bottle of shampoo for a shower as well, or if you know you won’t be able to shower, take some dry shampoo to help yourself feel more human after your op.

Photographs and sentimental Trinkets

If you are staying for a few days, take your favourite photo, ornament or other emotionally important item with you so you can feel more at home in your surroundings. Something as simple as a special vase for your flowers is a great idea, and you are never too old to take a teddy with you either.

A Towel and a Blanket

Hospital blankets and towels tend to smell very clinical and feel a bit rough on your skin, so to make your stay more comfortable bring your own hand towel for washing and a soft blanket from home for your bed. Your nurse will let you know if you can’t have it, but in many cases, as long as it’s clean, if it makes you feel better they’ll be glad you’ve brought it.

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