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What to carry in your hospital? 9 Essential items

Updated: Jan 18

There is no preparation good enough for welcoming your little wonder to the world! Packing for a trip to the hospital to deliver a baby can feel overwhelming, especially if it's your first time.

Here are some essential items to include in your hospital bag:

Comfortable clothing

Pack loose-fitting clothes that will be comfortable to wear during labour and delivery. Consider packing a few different outfits in case you need to change during your stay. It's important to pack clothes that will be comfortable to wear during labour and delivery. This might include loose-fitting tops and pants, or a comfortable dress. You may also want to bring a robe or a hospital gown to wear during labour.


Pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and any other personal hygiene items you may need. You might also want to bring some makeup, a hairbrush, and a hairdryer if you think you'll want to freshen up after delivery.

Snacks and drinks

Labour can be long, so it's a good idea to pack some snacks and drinks to keep your energy up. Consider bringing some energy bars, trail mix, fruit, and water or sports drinks.


Pack some books, magazines, or other forms of entertainment to help pass the time during labour. You might also want to bring a phone or tablet to stream movies or TV shows.

Comfort items:

Pack items that will help make you feel more comfortable during labour and delivery, such as a pillow, blanket, or massage oil. You might also want to bring some essential oils or a diffuser to help create a calming atmosphere.

Essential documents

Bring any important documents, such as your insurance card and a copy of your birth plan, with you to the hospital.

Baby essentials

Don't forget to pack a few items for your new arrivals, such as diapers, wipes, and a car seat.

Your camera/props and tripod

Who doesn't want to capture the moments of holding your baby in your arms. It is a good idea to have your photography kit handy.

A good dress and makeup

Pick up a nice outfit for your special picture and do not forget to keep your basic makeup kit to dazzle up a bit.

Packing for the hospital can be a daunting task, but by focusing on the essentials and bringing a few comfort items, you'll be prepared for a smooth and comfortable delivery. It's a good idea to start packing your hospital bag a few weeks before your due date, so you have time to gather all the necessary items. You should also check with your healthcare provider or the hospital for any additional items they recommend bringing.

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