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What’s in the Bag? - Hospital Bag Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “what’s in the bag?” post. So I’m back to share with you another helpful list. In case you missed it, here’s the link to my first post

IVs, non-slip socks, gowns, and hospital food. Just a list of my least favorite things. #lupus #WalterReed #imissmybabies


Recently I had to take a visit to the ER which turned into a hospital stay that ended up lasting a few days. Being that I am a lupus patient I did know to bring at least an overnight bag just in case. But after having to answer SEVERAL phone calls from my husband asking "what was that you wanted?" And "where did you say it was again?" when my stay extended past the one night. I decided that it would be a good idea to also have a long term stay bag. Today I'm gonna let you know what I have put in mine.

At least try to pack for a week and let family rotate the dirty stuff home wash it and bring it back. Also, this is NOT a maternity bag! There are plenty things needed for that occasion that aren't gonna be on this list. However, this can be used as a starting point; and if I get enough interest I may do a post for a maternity hospital bag. I’ve broken the list down to two categories primary items and secondary items. No real explanation needed there. Also, to save space in my house, I store these items in labeled zip lock bags on the top shelf of my closet near my travel/overnight bags so they are easily accessible but out of the way.



3 pajama sets

1 comfy robe

2 comfortable casual outfits

Socks (non-slip bottoms)

Panties (at least 3 pair)

Bras (at least 2)

Panty liners (just for added protection)


Sanitizing wipes


·         toothbrush

·         toothpaste

·         mouthwash

·         shampoo (can be dry or no wash)

·         soap

·         chap stick

·         face wipes      

·         lotion

·         deodorant

·         baby powder

·         hand sanitizer

·         hair tie

·         brush

·         dryer

·         makeup (just the basics foundation, lip gloss, and maybe eyeliner)



Insurance card

Emergency Contact list

Current meds or at least a list documenting them

Comfy blanket and pillow (for spouse)

Medical record overview sheet

Snacks (bottled water, granola, trail mix, etc)

Cellphone and charger

Air freshener or non-flammable scented items, and Febreeze (I like for my room and sheets to smell pretty)

Tablet/laptop and charger

Notepad (for writing important information and jotting down questions for doctors and nurses)

Magazines and books

Puzzles (crossword, Sudoku, etc.)
Hope this helps. Are you dealing with chronic illness that requires lengthy hospital stays? What’s in your bag?




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