What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

Oftentimes mom’s overpack their hospital bags, and end up never opening them. Over the course of your hospital or birth center stay, these are the items I recommend including at bare minimum for your personal comfort. Aim to have your essentials packed 4-5 weeks prior to your due date.


  1. Chapstick
  2. Hair ties/Headband
  3. Multiple Nursing Bras and a Pumping Bra (if you plan to breastfeed) + Nipple Cream
  4. Toiletries :: Having your own items and trying to stick to a morning/evening hygiene routine (especially as a labor partner) can make a world of a difference
    • face wash
    • face cream
    • toothbrush + toothpaste
    • lotion
    • deodorant
    • razor
    • basic make-up to feel more put together/for photos
  5. Honey Sticks :: great for a quick boost of energy when you cannot eat solid foods (for example, before pushing)
  6. Phone Charger/Other Chargers
  7. Birth Plan + Insurance Information + ID
  8. Clothes to wear after birth that still fit a bump
  9. Outfit for baby to wear home

Would be nice:

  1. A Water Bottle with a Straw and/or that does not spill easily.
  2. Pillow(s) with Colored Pillow Case (so it is not mixed up with hospital)
  3. Slippers/Slip-on Shoes/Grippy Socks
  4. Robe
  5. Comfy PJs with a soft, elastic waistband
  6. Games, DVDs, tablet, etc. to pass the time if there is downtime in labor
  7. Comfort Items
    • essential oils
    • diffuser
    • sound machine
    • affirmation cards
    • personal fan
    • tennis balls
    • rice pack for heating/cooling
  8. Snacks :: easy, non-perishable items that can fill you up quickly (especially for labor parner); bonus if they don’t have an odor. Also snacks for after delivery because the kitchen may be closed and you don’t want to get caught being starving. My favorite was snacking on pretzels dipped in peanut butter while breastfeeding in the middle of the night.

For the Partner:

All of the “would be nice” category, plus:

  1. Bathing Suit
  2. Charged Phone or Camera + Chargers
  3. Multiple Outfits, including layers
  4. Games/DVDs/Activities

For the Car:

  1. Plastic-Coated Tablecloth with Clean Towels (in case water breaks)
  2. Extra Towels + a Blanket
  3. Trash Bags
  4. Full Tank of Gas
  5. Car Seat
  6. Bottled Water

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