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What Should You Have In Your Hospital Bag?

May 28, 2015

You are in the home-stretch! If you’re anything like me, you fall asleep worried that the baby could come at any time, and YOUR HOSPITAL BAG IS STILL NOT PACKED! Don’t worry. This post will give you an idea on what to pack, so you have one less thing to worry about.

Before we begin talking about all the basics, even if you pre-register at your hospital, you’ll want to have your ID and Insurance Card with you too.

What to Wear

You will be so excited to get out of the hospital gown, so make sure you’ve packed some comfortable pajama bottoms, slippers (or socks), and a loose top. If you’ll be breastfeeding, pack a breastfeeding top with a nursing bra. We were glad we packed a robe to cover up easily and to stay warm.

The mesh underwear the hospital gives you is only nice for so long, so be sure to pack underwear that will keep you covered while you are bleeding post-pregnancy. The high-waisted briefs are a good alternative.

For your hair, pack bobby pins, and hair ties.


  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Face wash/moisturizer
  • Contacts (if applicable)
  • Glasses (if applicable)
  • Chapstick
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash (trust us; pack something that smells extra nice. Your first shower after labor will feel so good.)
  • Body Lotion
  • Makeup

If you’ll be nursing, buy some nipple cream ahead of time to use while in the hospital.

Something from Home

To keep your stay extra comfortable, bring some things from home like your pillow, blanket, and your own towel.


You just never know how long the labor and delivery will take for your baby. So, bring sustenance for you and your better half. Bottled waters, apples, nuts, granola bars, something sweet, and crackers are a great go-to for those all-of-a-sudden-I-need-a-snack cravings.


The last thing you’ll want is for your camera or your phone to not have any power right when you want to snap baby’s first pic. Be sure to not only bring your camera and phone but their charging accessories as well. (I had a hand-written note on my suitcase that said: Do not forget iPhone charger! ;)) My husband wanted to bring his laptop, so if we did have some downtime, he could get a little work done before the baby came.

Also, we loved having our phone handy with a White Noise app already downloaded to help fall asleep to. Hospitals are noisy!

Baby Needs

Your baby nurses will definitely have everything you’ll need for the baby while at the hospital, but you may want your own swaddle blankets, hats, gloves, and other accessories for them. We also loved having our Boppy or Breast Friend pillow with us to practice breastfeeding with. Or, if you would like to try a different type of binky than the ones they provide in the hospital, pack those too.

Going Home

Once you’re ready to head home, don’t forget to have baby’s car seat (just the car seat, make sure you’ve already installed the base in your car) with you. Most hospitals will not let you check-out unless you have it with you. You’ll also want a going-home outfit for baby and a hat to keep them extra warm. With that said, don’t forget a blanket for them too. And, have some newborn diapers and wipes with you just in case.

As for you, make sure you’ve packed an outfit that is loose and comfortable to come home in.

Get as many items you can in your suitcase now, so you have one less thing to worry about!

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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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3 thoughts on “What Should You Have In Your Hospital Bag?


Marie Watson

Lacey, I like your tip about making sure you pack shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I always forget to pack those essentials whenever I am packing a bag. It also seems like a great idea to bring your own blanket or pillow with you to the hospital. I would think that if you are going to spend a few days away from home, it would be nice to make your stay more comfortable.


Raylin Sutter

These are some very good tips! Am I pregnant for the second time and the last time I was not prepared at all. It also didn’t help that our baby was coming early and we had to go to the emergency room. What tips would you give for young moms who are going through issues like that?


Natalie Darcy

I really appreciate your detailed tips about preparing a bag for this type of thing. It stresses me out to be at the hospital, so I like to prepare as much as possible. Your idea about bringing something from home is brilliant! This definitely would have comforted me the last time I went, and I think I will utilize it this time. Thank you for the applicable instructions and unique ideas for packing a hospital bag.