How to make your stay in hospital comfortable

Knowing what you can bring and what you need can become a challenge. The best way to start is by packing items from home that bring you comfort. This will benefit you mentally and keep you positive throughout your stay.

Secondly start packing what you would take on a weekend break and then pare back by omitting anything of value, including your wallet, jewellery, or electronics. You may want to check with your hospital about their policy on the use of mobile phones, laptops or tablets during your hospital stay.

Once you've pared back to the basics, you should take only those things which can help you sleep comfortably, maintain your daily hygiene, provide you with privacy, and anything that can help destress you. 

Ideas for what you can bring 

Sleep Aids Eye mask, ear plugs, white noise, herbal tea.
Toiletries  Body wash, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste & brush, moisturising cream, lip balm, nail care, flannel, sanitary towels or tampons, shaving materials. 
Clothing  Cosy clothing, pyjamas, dressing gown, slippers, socks & underwear, an outfit to wear home.
Food/Drinks 

You may want to check what you can and can not bring in. 

Chewing gum, rice cakes, easy to eat fruit, boiled sweets, bottled water, cereal bars.

Entertainment  Puzzles, phone, kindle, ipad & chargers, notebook, books, magazines, headphones.
Medicine
Medicines you normally take, and a list of the doses for each medicine.
Bedding  Not all hospitals let you bring your own bedding but if they do, you may want to bring your own pillow or blanket to make you feel more at home. 
Disinfectant Wipes
Great for wiping down surfaces that may not be cleaned regularly, to prevent infections.  

 

Important tips to remember: 

  • Remember to bring your appointment card or admission letter with you, too.
  • Wash hands regularly, as hand sanitiser does not protect you against all germs found in hospitals. 
  • Hospital air is notoriously dry, so remember to pack moisturiser, lip balm, and drink plenty of water.
  • Hospitals are known for being cold, which can make it harder for your immune system to fight infections. Remember to pack warm clothing and hats to regulate your body temperature. 

You may also want to read 'How to Create a Chemo Kit' and 'Creating a Hospital Passport' for extra help and tips.