Hospital Packing for Twins Checklist

Twins often arrive early. On average, twins arrive by week 35, meaning some may arrive even earlier. So 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 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
  • 2-3 pairs of underwear
  • At least 2 nursing bras
  • 12 nursing pads

For Your New Babies

  • 2 sets of clothes 0-3 months -- one for each baby to wear home
  • 2 Hats, 2 pairs of socks, and 2 pairs of booties -- one for each baby
  • 2 or 4 receiving blankets
  • Diapers

Your Partner’s Bag

  • 2-3 changes of clothes
  • Pajamas - if you have a room for families
  • 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

You'll need 2 car seats for the babies to leave the hospital. Install these in your car about a month before your babies are due.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on February 17, 2019



Cooper, C. Twins, Penguin, 2012.

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