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Random list of items to

take to hospital 


  • Flavoured water bottles with squirt tops

  • Chewing Gum (for moving air around the body) and/or Ginger Chewing Gum for anti nausea

  • Kiwi fruit juice / Kiwi crush / Prune Juice (for constipation)

  • Favourites snacks

  • Throat Lozenges

  • Straws (the bendy type)

  • Hard candy to suck (Ginger is great for anti nausea)

  • Packet coffee / favourite tea bags


  • Arnica Cream

  • Chapstick (lip balm)

  • Bandaids and Lavender Oil

  • Any medicines you normally take

  • Ice bag

  • Body Lotion for moisture

  • Hydrating Mist facial spray


  • Face wipes

  • No Rinse Shampoo Caps (for washing hair without showering)

  • No Rinse Bathing Wipes (for washing without showering)

  •   Or Baby Wipes

  • Tissues (for caregivers :-))

  • Sanitary provisions (for girlies)

  • Hair ties (braid hair beforehand)

  • Dry Shampoo


  • Diary & notepad 


  • Of course the devices and chargers :-).

  • Short extension cord for the devices.

  • Headphones

  • Pack of playing cards

  • Hand fan (we found one that slots into a mobile phone :-))

  • De mister (to get some moisture into the air)

  • Microwaveable heat / wheat pack


  • Open front PJs

  • Comfy clothes for the trip home (oversized, open fronted)

  • Hairbrush / comb & hair ties

  • Wash & braid hair before going to hospital 

  • Glasses (if you wear them - dont worry about contact lenses)

  • Warm socks with non-slip soles

  • A robe, a sleep mask, pillow and blanket

  • Flip flops (Jandals) 


  • Small cushions for propping yourself up

  • Neck (travel) pillow


Lastly, if you love a decent cuppa, then take an old china mug and teaspoon, the only options on the ward are styrofoam cups and wooden sticks, feels like just a wee bit of luxury in times of need :-).


Weirdly, we have found that hospitals can either be too hot or too cold, so perhaps pack clothes for both :-).



How to deal with Surgical Wound care, please click here.

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