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What to bring to the hospital

Preparing for hospital stays can help make you and your child more comfortable. Here is a list of items you can pack as you get ready for your stay. You may also want to keep a bag packed and ready for unexpected admissions.

  • Extra clothes
  • A warm robe, sweatshirt or jacket because the rooms are cold
  • Socks and slip-on shoes, flip-flops or slippers
  • Daily medicines for yourself (Tums, Motrin, Tylenol, allergy medicines, etc.)
  • A notebook or journal and pen to write down questions for the doctor, notes
  • from your conversations with him or her, etc.
  • Books, crossword puzzles, or other activities to help pass the time
  • Electronics chargers (phone, tablet, laptop) – extra-long is helpful
  • Headphones or earbuds
  • K-cups and favorite snacks, gum, and mints
  • Change for vending machines
  • It can also be helpful to pack comfort items. Let your child choose
  • favorite things from home, such as photos, games, and music.

The following items can comfort your child and help him/her to relax:

  • Personal pillows and soft blankets
  • A small sound machine
  • Small humidifier, saline nasal spray, eye drops, lotion, and lip balm (the hospital air can be dry)
  • Diffuser and essential oils
  • Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, or similar product
  • A Bluetooth speaker for music or audiobooks
  • Soft towels and washcloths
  • A sleep mask and earplugs
  • Refillable water bottles