Your Hospital Packing List

Don't wait until the first contractions hit to start gathering your stuff to go to the hospital. Have a packed bag ready and waiting to go by the door. You'll want to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Correct IDs


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair brush
  • Hair band or clip
  • Glasses case or contact lens necessities (the hospital may not allow you to wear contacts during labor)
  • Skin lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Sanitary pads (in case you don't like the ones at the hospital)


  • 2 sets of comfortable, loose fitting clothes, like T-shirts and sweat pants to wear in the hospital
  • Clothes to wear home -- loose and comfy
  • Pajamas or a nightgown (choose ones that open down the front if you plan on nursing)
  • Socks and slippers
  • Robe
  • 2-3 pairs of underwear
  • At least 2 nursing bras
  • 12 nursing pads

For Your New Baby

  • 1 set of clothes 0-3 months for baby to wear home
  • 1 hat, 1 pair of socks, and 1 pair of booties
  • 1 or 2 receiving blankets
  • Newborn diapers (the hospital may provide these)
  • Car seat


Your Partner’s Bag

  • 2-3 changes of clothes
  • Pajamas if your partner is spending the night
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Glasses case or contact lens necessities


  • Handheld massager or tennis ball to give you a back massage
  • Camera and camcorder with chargers, extra batteries, memory cards, film
  • Cell phone and charger
  • iPod or CD player and CDs


Necessities & Niceties

  • Snacks
  • Money for meals
  • Phone numbers of people to call
  • Magazines, crossword puzzles, or a book
  • Tablet or laptop computer
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on January 16, 2019



American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month, Women’s Health Care Physicians, 2010.

Cleveland Clinic: "Pregnancy: What to Pack for the Hospital."

March of Dimes: "What to Take to the Hospital."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health: "Hospital Pack List."

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