What to pack for an extended hospital stay

Well, this post is kind of off subject! When we were packing for Sweet P’s surgery last year I was looking online for tips or tricks on things to pack and I couldn’t find a lot. Ladies from my church got together and bought things for me that I would’ve never thought of (thanks y’all!). This is something you never want to think about, but when the time comes it’s nice to know what’s helpful!

These are items that we were glad we had. This is for the parent, patient, or both!

  • Diffuser + calming / comforting essential oils
  • Dry shampoo
  • Thick, comfy, warm socks
  • Zip-up hoodie
  • Favorite snacks
  • Comfy house shoes
  • Pillow
  • Blanket(s)! I’m always cold so these were a must
  • Hospital food gets old, so be sure to ask the nurses what restaurants deliver. We love Jimmy John’s and they would bring our food straight to our room door (freaky fast)!
  • Shower Towel. If you have room, pack one! The ones we got were very small
  • Toilet paper. Hospital TP is basically sandpaper, trust me on this
  • Quarters/dollars for vending machines
  • Favorite water bottle so you’ll drink more water
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Room spray. The smell of a hospital gets old quickly. I was so glad I had my Lavender spray with me!
  • Packing cubes. They are great because rooms and bathrooms are small. When Sweet P was asleep and I was able to shower, I could just pick up my cube and take it straight to the bathroom instead of rummaging through my clothes and being loud in her room.
  • Room decor. Sounds crazy I know, but you want to feel like home as much as you can in a hospital. Bring some framed pictures, or things to stick on the walls. Most rooms at Vanderbilt had signs on their doors with their names, verses, and more.
  • Books, magazines and DVD’s (most hospital tv’s have DVD players)
  • Favorite toys, games, etc…bubbles were a big hit!

Hopefully you never need this post, but if you do then I hope it helps!


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