Hospital Bag Checklist

Trying to figure out what to bring to the hospital can be overwhelming. Here is a great list so you don’t forget the important things!

Essentials Hospital Bag Checklist

  • Insurance cards, birth wishes, picture ID, hospital papers
  • Nursing Bra/ Nursing pads
  • Several Warm non-skid socks (that may possibly get ruined)
  • flip flops for shower
  • Robe (that may get ruined)
  • Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (travel-sized products), Eyeglasses, Lip balm (hospitals are very dry), Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips)
  • Lots of change for the vending machines and non-perishable snacks
  • Snacks, sugar free lollipops, honey sticks
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera, film or extra memory card, battery or charger
  • A gym bag packed with a change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner
  • Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size and flat shoes (or, just wear the clothes you came in)

What to Bring For Baby:

  • Approved car seat
  • A coming-home outfit
  • Warm blankets (for the ride home if cold out)


  • Extra pillow (with a case that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white)
  • Bath towel (the hospital will likely supply a small, very thin one)
  • Your favorite brand of soap, shampoo and heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re picky)
  • A few pairs of maternity underwearthat can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs)
  • A ruin-able nightgown (you can use those lovely hospital gowns, but your own might help you feel more human)
  • Very light reading (magazines)
  • Bathing suit (if you want for shower/tub)
  • Your MP3 (loaded with your favorite tunes, of course)
  • An extra bag (for goodies and gifts)


Here’s a printable version for you 🙂 essentials-hospital-bag-checklist