Your Hospital Bag Checklist

Don't wait until the first contractions hit to start gathering your things to go to the hospital. Have a packed bag ready and waiting to go by the door, at least 2 weeks in advance. For most moms, that’s the 36- or 37-week mark. You'll want to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Hospital Bag Checklist

Important documents

  • Health insurance card
  • Photo ID or driver's license
  • A list phone numbers of people to call
  • Your birth plan
  • Hospital forms and any medical reports your doctor gave you
  • A list of all the medications you take (including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicine, herbal supplements, and vitamins)
  • Contact information for your pediatrician

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Glasses, contacts, and eyedrops (The hospital may not let you wear contacts during labor.)
  • Medications
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties or clips
  • Skin lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Sanitary pads (in case you don't like the ones at the hospital)

Clothes

  • Two sets of comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, like T-shirts and sweatpants 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
  • Three pairs of underwear
  • Comfortable shoes
  • At least two nursing bras
  • 12 nursing pads

For your new baby

  • Two clothing outfits, 0-3 months, for Baby to wear home (It might help to pack more than one size.)
  • One hat, one pair of socks, and one pair of booties
  • Two receiving blankets
  • Newborn diapers (The hospital may provide these.)
  • Car seat

Your partner’s hospital bag

  • About three 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
  • Electronics
  • Handheld massager or tennis ball to give you a back massage
  • Camera and camcorder with chargers, extra batteries, memory cards, and film
  • Cellphone and charger
  • Portable media player or CD player and CDs

Necessities and nice-to-haves

  • Your phone and phone charger
  • Money for meals
  • Magazines, crossword puzzles, or a book
  • Music
  • Bath towel
  • Hair dryer
  • Tablet or laptop computer
  • A pillow from home

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on September 16, 2020

Sources

SOURCES:

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."

March of Dimes: “What Is Full Term?”

UT Southwestern Medical Center: “What to bring to the hospital: Your delivery checklist.”

New York-Presbyterian Sloane Hospital for Women: “Patient and Visitor Guide: Preparing For Your Stay.”

Valley Children’s Healthcare: “Hospital Bag Must-Haves: What’s Best To Pack?”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Pack your bag for labour: Your pregnancy and baby guide.”

NYU Langone Health: “What to Bring for Your Hospital Stay.”

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