What would you pack for an overnight bag for the hospital?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
April 6, 2011 8:00am CST
They're putting fewer and fewer things in hospital rooms for people to use around here. I had to bring a friend toothpaste, toothbrush, deoterant, soap, and a comb the last time someone was in. I used to just bring underwear and a puzzle book. Now that I'm older, my medications, but some hospitals make your doctor reissue meds at the hsopital. So what would you pack for the hospital?
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13 responses
• United States
6 Apr 11
Hi writersedge! I would pack my laptop/netbook, reading material, notepad and pens. I would also pack a nightgown, robe slippers and personal toiletries. I know the hospital provides certain toiletries but I find that sometimes my own are more comforting. I would also bring along my address contact book because it can be a bit boring during the hospital stay so bringing along my cell phone and address book can help with calling a few family members. Maybe I would over pack a bit but I find that there may be some boring moments that perhaps some of my own things can make for a more less boring time. Although there may be some pain, with time you may feel better and boredom then kicks in.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
the way they steal at this hospital, a laptop, no way! My brother wanted to take his crutches and they put him in a wheelchair and said the crutches could stay in the hall. When my brother came back, they were gone. Address book, my friends are unlisted, if I lost that book, they'd want to kill me. Everything else sounds good.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 Apr 11
If you have meds..take em...if they don't issue them..at least you will have them. I would pack my favorite pajamas..a good book or a puzzle book..all your stuff like toothpaste and shampoo. If you have a favorite pillow..take that too...it will keep you comfy
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 11
I need to get a spare neck pillow. After all that packing and bringing of junk, they didn't even keep me overnight. What a waste of time that I could have been praying, working, or doing something useful.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 Apr 11
LOL..that's the way it goes though..if you hadn't had it, you would have needed every bit of it.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Apr 11
Very true!
• United States
7 Apr 11
I always tend to over pack when I go anywhere. You may want to pack yourown toiletries like shampoo,conditioner,razor, soap or body wash. Even if they offer those things it maybe be soap and shampoos that will dry your hair or skin. The hospital I was in when I had my daughter asked me if I needed anything when I wanted to take a shower but after I told her I brought my wn I realized I had no razor. Some hospitals offer the toiletries and I'm sure some may not. Hospitals make you where those hospital gowns. Slippers might be a good thing to pack. They offered me those booties like socks but wish I had brought my own.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
Booties and a razor are a good idea. Would,t think to pack them. Thanks and take care.
• United States
7 Apr 11
I didn't have much time to pack a bag before having my daughter and forgot a razor. I felt totally gross soon as I got home 1st thing I used was a razor. goodluck & wish you well.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 11
That's what I would forget. Thanks for well-wishes, I'm recouperating at home.
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
6 Apr 11
well, a change of clothes, my own hairbrush - the ones provide by hospitals don't work well in my hair - and... I don't know, I spent my last hospital visit mostly knocked out
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
This will be the first time I've stayed in years. Usually they just send me home.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
7 Apr 11
I really can't say I had much time to do much besides sleep when I've been in the hospital, but that's probably because I've been so sick when I finally go, or I go in for surgery and don't expect to stay long...
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Apr 11
This time they sent me home, too!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
12 Apr 11
Wow, Writers! Best Response! I've gotten a slew of these recently, & it never palls! No matter how often I get them, each one is a thrill, & deeply appreciated! Thank you! Maggiepie "The trouble with ignorance is that it picks up confidence as it goes along." ~ Source unknown
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Apr 11
You put everything but the kitchen sink and that's only because they wouldn't let you bring the kitchen sink!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
14 Apr 11
You mean the stuff I put into my bag? Nah, the bag is just a medium-sized satchel, really, & believe you me, I love my stuff, & if I could take it all with me, I would! But if you meant how much effort I put into my posts, then in that case (Oy! Sorry, no pun intended! ), I'm forced to agree. I always "bring it," meaning my "all!" So either way, thanks again! Maggiepie "I hope that when I'm very old, I am down to a bed & bowl." From: "Letting Go" ~ C. Crouch, artist, SF writer & poet
@celticeagle (117189)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Apr 11
I would take a nice nightgown, robe and toiletries. Maybe those ones I got for CHristmas that I haven't used yet. A good book incase I have some time to read. Some stationery so i can start thank you notes. I learned not to take my meds cause they won't let you take them unless the doc prescribes them. My nice undies and all.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 11
If I don't take them, then my bp would be sky high and I'd blow any patch my body tried to make on the scraped off area and without my eye meds, I could wake up with my eyes glued together or I could break blood vessels and go blind. I only have meds that I have to have.
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@celticeagle (117189)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Apr 11
I just met that I wouldn't take them with me cause the hospital would take them away from you and make you take ones prescribed by the doctor even if they are your regular ones.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
7 Apr 11
Except for the sophisticated hospitals in India, the other hospitals do not provide us anything beside a bed and an attached toilet(if you pay a little more than for a ward...where it's usually just a bed(and an extra bed sometimes) and maybe a side table at the most). There usually is a side table with a cabinet below to hold one's stuff. A delux room might even have a small built in cupboard to store clothes and towels. But that's it. So, we always need to pack everything that we might need at the hospital....toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, powder, reading material...everything....even sheets for the extra beds sometimes.
• United States
7 Apr 11
WOW, I can't even imagine that. In the hospital around here, we were given lockers standard in every room for people to keep their belongings in.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
Lockers would be nice. We have an end table that the nurses can use, but a patient can't get to it. We have a closet that someone can steal from. So I wish we had a lock with a key.
@KrauseHome (34983)
• United States
9 Apr 11
Well, the last time I was in there was about 6 1/2 yrs. ago right after I turned 40. I remember having to have my husband bring me my brush, deodrant and snack foods. This was at the same time I was put on Insulin so I had no meds to really worry about bringing, but if I was in there again I would try to use my own meds as they can charge so much when you have to use theirs.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 11
If they have generic and you have others, yes, it can. Thanks and take care. You're 46 1/2. You're a young chickie yet. I'm 53 and becoming an old hen! Ha, ha!
@judguapz (11)
• Philippines
7 Apr 11
I'd bring soap,shampoo,tootbrush,toothpaste,small amount of cash,comfortable clothing,toiletries, and of course, my laptop so that i wont be bored.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
Might have my hubbie hold the cash. So much stuff gets stolen hear and I'm going for an operaion. Thanks and take
@Angel3yes (455)
• United States
7 Apr 11
I pretty much lived in the hospital when my ex was in there for cancer and we stayed there for almost two years straight. The hospital there did pretty good, they had hand lotion, soap, shampoo, small combs.. all sorts of things. They do make you reissue your medication everywhere that I know of so he never brought his meds unless he didn't have the list on him to divulge to the doctors what he was currently on. For me staying with him, I brought my laptop to do school work, school books, a suitcase of clothes and my own personal toiletries.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
We don't have anything anymore. No toiletries, but I think it depends on your insurance. Because some people seem to get some and some don't.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
6 Apr 11
When I was hospitalized (over 2yrs ago) I didn't take much more than personal toiletries, robe and slippers and my phone. I knew I was in for a bit of post-op pain and wouldn't feel like doing too much. After I was feeling better I had someone bring me some books and my Nintendo DS. I didn't want to pile up too much stuff and was leery of having too much because you still have to worry about theft. Hospitals don't allow extended stays like they did in years past. Once the insurance companies say you should be ready to leave, you're discharged. Follow-up post-op care was authorized by the physician to take place at home.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
I'm supposed to be only overnight, but one never knows.
@carolscash (9501)
• United States
6 Apr 11
It would probably be a great idea considering that they are not putting as much stuff in the rooms these days. I would plan for the trip if I could as I would want my own stuff anyway. You would think that the cost would go down in the rooms when they do not have as much stuff in them. However, we all know that doesn't happen.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
Very true
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
6 Apr 11
Hi, I'd bring all things you mentioned plus my slippers, a robe and gown. If I was just staying over-night I'd probably bring what ever book I was reading.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Apr 11
Yeah, a book would probably be OK.