What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

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This is the first in our packing for the hospital series (keep a look out for what to pack: birthing partner and baby)

During the course of your pregnancy, joy and excitement overflow in anticipation of meeting your new bundle of joy. You have spent months of buying all the necessary items for your little one and decorating his/her nursery room or even planning which nursery school he/she will attend. However, have you decided when and what to pack in your hospital bag? As your third and final trimester approaches, your hospital bag should be more than ready. Otherwise, you’ll end up with panic and anxiety over things that you should have thought of on your first and second trimester. Have this reliable checklist to bring out the organized you:

  • Valid photo ids (at least 2) and insurance information
  • Hospital notes and birth plan
  • Favorite book/magazine
  • Electronic devices (Cell phone, iPod, laptop, and chargers)
  • Socks and sweater (to keep you warm)
  • Makeup and lip balm
  • Ponytail holder/headband and hairbrush
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, facial wash, bath soap, feminine wash, lotion and towel)
  • Feminine hygiene products (pads, witch hazel, nipple cream)
  • Snacks (energy bars, fruits and chips) and plenty of water
  • Maternity bras and nursing pads
  • Underwear (cheap ones that you will end up throwing in the trash)
  • Nightwear clothes (set of pajamas)
  • Going home clothes (loose and comfortable)
  • Slippers/Flip-flops
  • Plastic bag for soiled clothes

These are the basic things that you need to store in your hospital bag. And oh, a trolley makes a good hospital bag thanks to its wheels that will make things easier for your partner. Do not bring unnecessary items to save time and to avoid confusion when you ask your husband to hand you your lip balm, for example. Note that you have two other hospital bags to prepare- for your husband (because dad needs things, too) and for your newborn. Have these bags parked inside your car on your 35th week of pregnancy so that anytime that you rush to the hospital, all is set.

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