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24 days out until surgery and I am finally all set up! My bag is packed and waiting by the door. My bedroom is organized and stocked with my Post Op Surgery Supplies. Now it’s just sit and wait it out!
For weeks I had the hardest time finding a list or blog post of things to take in my hospital bag. I got extremely lucky with some tips from some wonderful ladies in my Endo support groups! I am hoping that this will help you to decide what to take with you. I have included all the things that I hope will make me to feel comforted before & after surgery. Feel free to build off of this list and pack things that will make you feel at home away from home! I am not sure if I will stay 1-6 days so my bag is a “just in case” measure. Not everyone will need or want to take all of these things! Most of these things I already had on hand in my home. No need to go out and buy all of this stuff if you don’t think it is a must!
If you are traveling out-of-state for your surgery I will include a few extra helpful tips at the end of this post!
What I packed in my hospital bag:
- Loose Fitting Clothes– Relaxed clothing with no zippers to wear to and home from the hospital.
- Robe & Pajamas- I will be taking pajama sets that are 1 size bigger than I normally wear. They all have soft waist bands with lots of give.
- Comfy Slippers/Socks- After surgery you will need them for walking plus hospitals are notorious for being cold.
- Loose Underwear- I recommend buying either bikini or hi-cuts at least 1 size bigger. Some hospitals give you those stretchy mesh panties. They are wonderful…take as many home as possible.
- Menstrual Pads- In case there is any post op bleeding. Most hospitals offer them to patients….but just in case take your own.
- Feminine Hygiene Spray- I am not sure how soon I will get to shower…I prefer to bring this just in case!
- Deodorant & Body lotion- Your skin can get really dry and itch…try to take something slick and long lasting.
- Body Wash- In case you are there for a few days & have a shower in your room!
- Mouthwash, Toothbrush, Tooth Paste, Floss Picks- Floss picks come in handy when your hands are shaky but you have food in your teeth. Traditional string floss can be tricky.
- Body Spray or Light perfume- Easy way to feel fresh & pretty after surgery. Please keep it light in case a nurse or etc. has an allergy.
- Shampoo/Conditioner- If you have a shower in your room and feel up to it. Instead of buying the small travel size get those small clear bottles and use your current product!
- Comb/Brush- The smaller the better!
- Hair Ties or Head Bands- You will not want to deal with hair in your face.
- Facial Cleansing Cloths & Moisturizer- Easiest way to refresh your face without needing a mirror or sink.
- Chapstick or Vaseline- Your lips will be really dry after surgery!
- Hand Sanitizer & Wet Wipes- Mostly for any visitors or my partner if she needs to change my bandages or etc.
- Throat Lozenges- Your throat will be incredibly dry and a bit sore after surgery from the intubation tube.
- Mints/Gum- Will work wonders for dry mouth and nausea if you have any!
- Nail Clippers, Nail File, Nail Polish- Since you cannot wear polish into surgery I find that painting your nails after surgery is a great way to peep yourself up. Yellow is always a great color choice!
- Ear Plugs & Eye Mask- If you will not have a private room these will be your best friend.
- A small soft pillow- For the car ride home. Put it in between you and the seat belt to protect your wounds. Also will come in handy of the pillows provided aren’t very comfy.
- Light Weight Blanket- In case you are cold and want something from home to comfort you.
- Magazines, Books or Puzzles Books- You may be waiting before going back & get bored. They also come in handy for your family/friends that will be waiting during your surgery.
- Phone, Tablet, Chargers- I will need these for updating my fellow Endo Warriors! Also create a soothing playlist of music before surgery to relax you!
- Camera, Charger- If you would like to document your surgery!
- Medical Records, Insurance Card, ID, SS Card- These are a must!
- Emergency Contact list- If you are traveling without your closest relatives this may come in handy. Just in case!
- Medication/Allergy List- In case you are too sedated and the nurses may need to give you a new medicine. It is good to have a current list as well as things you are allergic to.
- Pre Op Forms/Hospital Registration Forms- Cannot forget these!
Those of you traveling out-of-state please consider bringing the following:
- Food & Drink– It may be less expensive to bring these in than to buy once at your hotel or etc.
- Hot/Cold Packs/Cooler– To keep foods cold while driving. Cold packs are also great if you have swelling in your joints.
- Allergy Meds– In case you run into pollen or etc on your drive. Pollen levels are different in various states.
- Pain Meds– Fill them in advance in case your pharmacy isn’t out of state or you have pain on the drive.
- First Aid kit– In case you get in minor burns or scraps.
- Razor & Shave Cream– To prep before surgery!
I hope this helps you to prepare for your surgery! I know it can be overwhelming to go through surgery as it is without the stress of packing. Hopefully having your bag packed and ready to go will free up some anxiety and allow you to focus on more important tasks.
What are you hospital bag must haves?