Hospital Bag Packing Guide

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Consider this guide to help you get started packing your hospital bag. Add/remove anything to meet your own needs!


  • Comfortable, Loose Clothing: Oversized T-Shirts, Nightie, High-Waisted Sweatpants or Leggings, Pajamas
  • Light Bathrobe
  • Nursing Bra
  • Warm Socks
  • Disposable Briefs OR Postpartum Underwear: High-Waisted, Able to Fit a Large Pad, Dark-Coloured, Size Up, Our local hospital does NOT provide mesh briefs
  • Slippers and/or Sandals
  • Shoes that can easily be slipped on/off to go home in
  • Bathing Suit (if you prefer to use in the tub) or your birthday suit works fine too!


  • Face Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Prescription Medications
  • Glasses / Contact Lenses with Solution
  • Lip Balm
  • Nipple Cream
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Body Wipes (you may not feel up to a shower or be able to after a C-Section)
  • Skin care
  • Face Wipes
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bodywash
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Tie
  • Headband
  • Makeup



  • Infant Car Seat
  • Baby Wipes
  • Receiving Blankets (2)
  • Newborn Hats (2)
  • Newborn Outfits (Short-Sleeved Onesie and a Sleeper)
  • Seasonal Items (e.g. Snow Suit, Warmer Blanket, Outdoor Hat)
  • Scratch Mittens



  • Change of Clothes
  • Bathing Suit (if they’re planning to support you in the tub)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Pillow
  • List of Important Contacts



  • Light Snacks for Labour: Granola Bars, Protein Bars, Pretzels, Crackers, Hard Candy, Gummy Bears, Dried Fruit, Easy to eat Fruit or Vegetables (banana, apple, grapes, carrot sticks)
  • Popsicles
  • Fluid Replacement Drinks (Sports drinks, Coconut Water, Juice)
  • Honey



  • Health Card
  • Birth Plan
  • Brown Envelope containing Prenatal Records and Preadmission Form
  • Water Bottle
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Breastfeeding Pillow
  • Long Phone Charging Cable
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Laptop or Tablet with Charging Cable
  • Headphones
  • Eye Mask – Hall lights are only dimmed, Useful for Shared Rooms to Block All Light Out
  • Ear Plugs – Useful for Shared Rooms, your Neighbour’s baby may not share the same sleep schedule or a late night transfer may wake you
  • Change for Vending Machine
  • Bluetooth Speaker and Charger 
  • Breastpump – Can be used to help promote labour if your contractions space out or decrease in intensity before starting a medical augment



  • Extra Pillow (in distinct pillowcase – colourful or patterned so it doesn’t get confused with white hospital pillows)
  • Bath Towel (hospital towels can be small and scratchy)
  • Small Fan
  • Electric Candles
  • Essential Oils
  • Massage Oil or Lotion
  • Heating pad or hot water bottle
  • TENS machine
  • Rebozo



  • Pads
  • Peri-Bottle
  • Birth Balls
  • Pacifier
  • Diapers
  • Formula