Hospital Bag Checklist: The Things you Really Need

August 20, 2018

Packing a hospital bag is stressful, especially if you've never packed one before! When I sat down to think of all the things I would need for two days in the hospital with a new baby, I was immediately overwhelmed. Some people tell ya you need nothing, others give you a list of 100 things.

So what did I do? What I've done 1000x. I reached out to my friends, who luckily wrote a whole list for me, read other blogs and checked with my hospital. I think I've gathered some of the necessities and some of those non-necessities (like a great face cream) that'll just make me feel a bit more at ease and like myself.

Since I have no idea what 2 days is going to be like in the hospital, I may have over-packed.

Below you'll find a printable checklist to help you prepare! What did you pack in your hospital bag?

Insurance Card: The non-fun part of going to a hospital. Make sure it's in your wallet, hospital bag or wherever you won't forget. 
Slippers & Socks: I love these Lemon slippers, they have a nice bottom. Plus, I LOVE these aloe socks. They're to be used post-workout, but hey, labor is a workout! 
Pillow: I'm partial to my good pillow. 
Snacks: Remember how hungry you were pregnant? I can only imagine that is worse after labor. 
Iphone charger and Cell phone: Duh. My gf told me to buy an extra long charger so you make sure it reaches your hospital bed. 
Toiletries: These are the things you may not need but will make you feel better.
  • Brush
  • Hair ties
  • Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Makeup
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Contacts and glasses
  • Towel
Robe: I bought this super cute one from Milkmaid Goods and baby girl has a matching swaddle because CUTE! 
Undies: It was time to buy undies other than thongs. Cue, dark colored Hanes. I bought these super soft ones from Target
Nursing Bra: I wish I would have bought these bras 6 months ago! They are so soft and comfortable and will be perfect for sore nursing boobs.

Nursing cover: Just in case you have visitors. I bought this from Milkmaid Goods too. 
Going home outfit: Keep it comfy and loose (you'll be wearing a pad).  
The Necessities: 
Going home outfit: Baby girl has the cutest little onesie. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but this will be the first time you take your baby home. I wanted it to be memorable. 
Carseat: Most hospitals will check your car seat before you leave to make sure it's perfect. I love my carseat.

Onesies: From what I'm heard baby is in her diaper and a swaddle most of the time. I threw in a few extra onesies just in case.
Swaddle: I brought a matching one to me and just another muslin blanket. 
Boppy: For breastfeeding! Let the nurses help you! 
Pacifier: Just in case. 
Burp Cloths: I'm using this so I can bring them home to the dogs before we come home. I heard it helps with the transition. 

3 weeks to go everyone! Let the countdown begin!

Tell me, what did you put in your hospital bag?


  1. Wow, you really have a nice checklist for the things that you must have when you are preparing for your baby's delivery.

  2. I feel like I'm probably going to overpack as well since this is my first baby! I love the checklist you made, super handy! xo, Brittany Nicole |

  3. Thanks for the information, this is very helpful for me. Qatar Airways Dhaka Office Bangladesh Contact Address, Phone, Ticket Booking Office- goFLY, 1/1 Shukrabad (Beside New Model College) Dhaka. Call- 01841289173. Search and find cheap fares on flights from Dhaka. Low fares, spacious economy seats, points on every spend, and the bundle of airport services.


I love hearing from all of you and greatly appreciate all your feedback and comments! xx Kristen