What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

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If you’re around 35-36 weeks pregnant, you’re most likely starting to think about packing that hospital bag. Maybe you have a duffle on your bedroom floor and you’re tossing a few items in it when you think about it. Or maybe you’re procrastinating hard, and plan to pack in early labor. If you happen to feel a tad overwhelmed by this chore- we’ve created a list for you to make it easier. Having things organized and ready to go will help you feel more at ease when the big day arrives.  

Here’s a list for you, Mama! In no particular order we’ve got:  


  • Medications/ prenatal vitamins 
  • Personal toiletries 
  • Warm socks 
  • Nursing bras 
  • Outfit to wear home- comfortable/maternity 
  • Cosmetics 
  • 2 extra pillows 
  • breastfeeding book for reference 
  • contact lenses/solution/case if applicable 
  • birth plan/preferences 
  • phone charger 
  • Remember: leave valuable jewelry at home 
  • Clear liquids to drink (juice, coconut water, etc) 
  • Some snacks 
  • Your photo ID and insurance card easily accessible  

Nice to have:  

  • Mp3player/music dock/relaxing music 
  • birth ball 
  • eye mask 
  • Slippers- that you can throw away 
  • belly band

And we haven’t forgotten about your partner/support person. We’ve got them covered as well:  

  • Handy snacks 
  • Hydrating drinks 
  • Toiletries 
  • Change of clothes 
  • Call/email list to announce birth 
  • Pre-registration paperwork if applicable 
  • Breath mints 
  • Comfy shoes 
  • Extra sweater/sweatshirt- dress in layers 
  • Phone charger 
  • Treats for the nurses 

And for your sweet little one- they don’t need much. The hospital will have plenty of diapers for you- but you’ll want some super comfy outfits to dress your baby to bring him/her home in.  

  • Outfit to come home  
  • Extra outfit 
  • Receiving blanket 
  • Hat 
  • Socks 
  • Undershirt/ onesie (2) 
  • Mittens 
  • Infant car seat

Here are some things to keep handy and easily accessible:  

  • Favorite lotion 
  • Chapstick or lip ointment 
  • Hair ties or clips 
  • Comb or hairbrush

Last, but not least- a list of snacks to have on hand for early labor, and for your support person.  

  • Gatorade/recharge- for mom 
  • Coconut water- for mom  
  • Food bars 
  • Dried fruit 
  • Nuts 
  • Apples/oranges/bananas 
  • Instant miso soup/small containers of chicken broth 
  • Yogurt 
  • Hummus and crackers

We hope this list helps you as you pack your bags for the big day! Anything that is a must for you that isn’t listed above? We’d love to hear, mention your ideas below in the comments.   

Jen Mayer