1. Relevant paperwork
Identity documents, medical aid cards, policy forms, insurance forms, scripts, a list of your medications, any previous medical records, a list of emergency contact numbers… keep all your paperwork together in a folder, close at hand throughout your stay. This will help the hospital staff to better handle your stay and respond to your needs.
2. Personal toiletries
The hospital bathroom will only have the bare essentials when it comes to bath products. Make sure you feel comfortable by bringing along your personal toiletries like body wash, lotion, hairbrush, shampoo, and your toothbrush and paste. It’s also a good idea to include hand cream and lip balm.
3. Comfortable sleepwear
If you’re allowed to wear your own clothes, opt for some comfy, button-up pyjamas to make sure you can sleep with ease and stay cosy. Hospitals tend to be cold at night so don’t forget socks and slippers.
4. A small amount of cash
To avoid theft, avoid taking credit or debit cards to hospital with you, and the same goes for large amounts of cash. Keep a small amount for use at the hospital coffee shop or vending machines. Keep the amount low and store it safely away in your belongings where it can’t be tempting to others. On that note, best to leave expensive items like jewellery and expensive keepsakes at home to avoid loss or theft.
5. Something to keep you busy
While many hospitals have TVs in their rooms, you might not find a channel you like or be able to watch TV for recovery reasons. Bring along crossword puzzles, magazines, or a hand craft like knitting to occupy your time. If you want to bring your Kindle, laptop, mobile phone, or any other electronic device, sure to check the hospital’s policy for these devices before you are admitted. And don’t forget your earphones!