There are generally two ways you end up in the hospital: either you rush in via the emergency room or your care providers recommend surgery and the operation is scheduled out. In the first situation, you don’t have any time to adjust your plans and take measures to ensure everything is taken care of while you’re out of commission. In the second situation, you get anything from a few days to a few months to prepare for your operation. Either way, there are challenges.

Whether you’re headed into the hospital for an inpatient or outpatient procedure, there are some things you should bring with you to make the stay a bit better. Even if you end up going to the emergency room and don’t have the opportunity to pack a bag and check it twice, chances are good you’ll have the chance to ask someone to grab some essentials for you. Though hospitals have gotten better about providing items like toothbrushes and towels, it takes a bit more than that to make a hospital stay pleasant, especially if it’s going to last for more than a day. In our experience working as nurses in hospitals, we’ve had the chance to note what makes a hospital stay a bit nicer.

Helpful Items to Bring to the Hospital

  • One could say that hospital rooms have gotten a lot more comfortable than they used to be, but hospital rooms can’t help but be impersonal. It is incredible how important having a little something from home can be. In these days of electronic communication, having your phone or tablet can empower you to connect with people who are important to you. Feeling like you can access “the outside” and receive encouragement from loved ones can actually have a great impact on your recovery.
  • With all we just said about staying connected, it wouldn’t make sense if we made this item first on the list: your cell phone (and its charger)! Include a list of important numbers or make sure they’re already on your phone.
  • Hospitals can be pretty noisy. Chances are good that there will be enough patients around you needing things that you’ll hear footsteps and voices at the least. Chances are also good that your room won’t be as dark as your room at home. Both of these conditions, combined with surgery recovery, can make for a distressing hospital stay. At first, your medications may help you sleep, but it’s still a good idea to bring earplugs and a sleep mask for when you just need to escape.
  • We all know that hospital couture isn’t necessarily designed for warmth or comfort. That isn’t its job. You can make your hospital stay more pleasant by bringing clean underwear, slippers, pajamas, and a robe.
  • If you’re like many people and you don’t like the smell of hospitals, bringing your own soap, shampoo, and other toiletries can make a big difference. Make sure you bring lip balm!
  • You’ll want something to do so you don’t get bored (the hospital television only goes so far). Anything from audiobooks, crosswords, or just music can do the trick.
  • A photo or keepsake that will make you feel better when you look at it.

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