A stay at the hospital is stressful regardless of the duration of the stay or its reason. While most hospitals strive to provide patients and guardians with adequate comfort, it is difficult to feel at ease away from home. Therefore, putting thought into what to pack is important. One must pack all the essentials and things that can make the stay more comfortable. To get started, here is a quick checklist that can help.
Always pack these basic necessities first: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, hairbrush, moisturizer, contact lenses, and their solution or eyeglasses.
Preferred blankets and pillows from home
Hospitals provide pillows, blankets, and bedding to all their patients. Yet one might not always find these comfortable. The blanket might be prickly, or the pillows might be too lumpy. Also, these are often plain in color and pattern, which may seem drab, particularly to young children, teenagers, or the elderly. So always pack in the comfiest pillows, blankets, and bedsheets from home according to the need.
Favorite pairs of socks and sweaters
Hospitals are usually quite cold due to the air conditioning turned down really low. Bringing along one’s favorite pair of songs and sweaters is, therefore, a good idea. Also, don’t forget to pack compression socks or stockings, especially if one is expected to sit or lie down for a long time during the hospital stay. These socks will help to improve the flow of blood through the veins in the legs. This will, in turn, prevent clots from forming, which is quite common for individuals who are on bed rest for a long duration.
Favorite books, journals, toys, or games
Staying at the hospital can be distressing or even dull sometimes. To keep one engaged, make sure to pack one’s favorite books or journals if one likes writing and reading. For kids, bring along their favorite plushies or games. One can also pack their favorite hobby-related things if they like knitting, crocheting, or puzzles.
Some extra clothes
Sometimes, it is not known how long the hospital stay may last. Also, it is always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies. Therefore, make sure to pack some extra clothes. This will save one from the extra stress as well as trips back home.