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Hospital Bag Checklist

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Hospital Bag Checklist

Packing a hospital bag for your stay. Don’t forget those essential items.

Going into hospital for any reason can be unsettling so we have created a checklist to help in the process. This hospital bag checklist has a list of all the basic and essential items you will need with you.

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A hospital bag Checklist has been created to help anyone going into the hospital. Whether for tests, surgery or giving birth here are some of the items you will need to pack for a hospital stay.

What to Pack in Hospital Bag?

All trips to the hospital require some basic elements as part of a hospital bag. We hope this hospital bag checklist can help.

What to Pack in Hospital Bag

A list of all the basic and essential items you will need.
Important Documents

Hospital notes, admission details, emergency contact details and documentation.

Comfortable clothes

Comfortable clothes are essential while in hospital. You don’t want anything too tight and uncomfortable.

Night Wear

Night wear, dressing gown and slipper. Dressing gown can be worn walking around and can keep you warm. Slippers will keep you warm and making it easier to move around the ward.

Washbag & Toiletries

Toothbrush and paste, deodorant, hairbrush, soap or shower gel.


Fluffy towel from home to wrap yourself in.


Music, Books & Magazines to help pass the time and relax.

Phone and Charger

Most people can’t live without their phones anymore for entertainment but most important for friends and family to keep in contact.

Hospital Bag For Labour & Birth Checklist

Its such an exciting time waiting for a new baby to arrive but what essentials might you need for labour and the birth.

We have put together this Hospital Bag Checklist to help :-)

Packing a hospital bag with what you’ll need for labour and birth can be quite a big list. This is a basic idea what you should think about including in your hospital bag.

Hospital Bag For Labour & Birth Checklist

Essentials you might need for labour and birth.
Important Documents

Birth plan, hospital notes

Comfortable clothes

Something loose and comfortable to wear during labour and additional clothes to wear after the birth.

Night Wear

Nighties, dressing gown and slipper. If breast feeding think of easy access tops.

Washbag & Toiletries

Toothbrush and paste, deodorant, hairbrush, soap or shower gel, hair bands, and other essentials to your toiletries.


You will want a shower or bath after the birth so bring a warm and fluffy towel to wrap yourself in.

Maternity Pads

Super-absorbent sanitary towels / maternity pads


6 pairs and consider some disposable ones.

Supportive & Nursing bras

Breasts will be much larger than usual and if you’re planning to breastfeed nursing bras are much easier. Nipple cream

Breast Pads

Breast pads help absorb milk


Music, Books & Magazines to help pass the time and relax.

Favourite Snacks

Snacks and drinks.

TENS machine

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) Popular form of pain relief


Personal medication you must take.

Birthing Plan Elements

Extra pillows, beanbags, certain music


Capture those special moments

Phone & Charger

Keep everyone updated with progress and the happy news.

Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby

Packing a hospital bag for yourself and your baby. What should I pack for my baby? 

Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby

Packing a hospital bag for yourself and baby

Bodysuits, vests and sleepsuits. Going home outfit, a hat, scratch mittens and socks or booties.


Plenty of newborn nappies. You might be surprised how many you will use. Expect at least six wet nappies and a couple poopy ones a day.


Keep baby warm and snuggled. Ideal for tucking into a pram, car seat baby will feel warm and safe wrapped up.

Muslin squares and bibs

Muslin squares small cloth that ca be used when feeding a baby to wipe their mouths and clean up sick. It is also useful to place over your shoulder when winding, protecting your clothing from the sick. Bibs are placed around the baby neck to keep its clothes clean and dry.


Super soft towel for baby’s sensitive skin.

Car Seat

For baby to travel home in the car safely.

How will you get to the hospital?

As well as packing your hospital bag you should plan how you’ll get to the hospital.

Car Maintenance: Make sure it’s running well
Fuel: Keep the car full of fuel
Friend: Have two friends on standby in case one cant make it.
Back Up Plans: Always have a backup plan

The NHS has a video on Hospital Bag Checklist NHS

NHS Going Home Checklist

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