If you know you’re going to be in hospital for some time, it’s worth making a list of what to take. It can be easy to miss something, especially during what can be a stressful time. If you’re admitted in an emergency, this list might come in handy for your family and friends to refer to.
Any medicines you take - ideally in their original packaging.
Change of clothes, including underwear.
Nightwear, dressing gown and slippers.
Toothbrush and toothpaste or denture pot and cleaner.
Shampoo, conditioner and soap or body wash.
Shaving kit and hairbrush or comb.
Bath towel, hand towel and face cloth.
Glasses, and any walking or hearing aids.
Other things to bring:
Face covering or mask to wear while in hospital.
Money for phone calls or things from the hospital shop.
Mobile phone and charger.
Notebook and pen to write down any questions.
Things to pass the time, such as books, magazines or puzzles.
Things not to take:
Valuable items, such as jewellery or large amounts of money - the hospital is unlikely to have somewhere safe for you to keep them on the ward.
Large bags or suitcases - storage space will be limited on the ward.
Tablet devices or laptops - unless you are not concerned about the risk of them being stolen.