"Hospital Bag Packing Guide”

Packing your hospital bag is important for expecting parents as it will ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and stress-free stay. Check out this detailed guide on what to pack in your hospital bag.


  • Comfortable clothing: Pack loose, comfortable clothing for after delivery, such as a button-up nightie or (I got so hot, I needed summer pjs). A few undies to allow for leaks and you may want to bring the size up to allow for the surfboard pads! If breastfeeding, feed-friendly tops and zip-up jackets, A GOOD feeding bra or a soft one that you can easily pull to the side.
  • “Depends” adult disposable underwear & or maternity pads, the hospital only gives you so many.
  • Nursing bras and breast pads: If you plan to breastfeed, you will want to pack a couple of good nursing bras and breast pads (There are some amazing reusable ones out there).
  • Lansinoh Nipple Cream helps soothe and help to protect your nipples.
  • Unscented natural deodorant (bubs will thank you if you are breastfeeding)
  • Toiletries: Pack items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair tie, clips and a hairbrush. A towel if you like to use a big one. Oh, and after baby number one, I sent hubby home for some soft Cottonelle toilet paper!
  • Slippers and socks: Pack a pair of slippers and socks for added comfort and warmth. Also, add some thongs, so easy to pop on and use in the shower if you need them.
  • Chapstick/Lipbalm: To help keep your lips moisturized.
  • Makeup (optional): If you’d like to freshen up after delivery, pack a small makeup bag with essentials like mascara and lip balm.
  • Going-home outfit: Pack a comfortable outfit for the ride home, such as leggings and a loose t-shirt.
  • If you are sensitive to lights at night like me, pack an eye mask! I hated all the room and hallway lights; they kept me awake more than my babies.
  • Phone charger: GET AN EXTRA LONG ONE!!! Forgetting this will be something that will stay with you forever! “I hate that I couldn’t take photos of bub because my phone was flat” Make sure to pack your charger, that way you won’t miss taking photos of bubs. If you have a birthing partner, give them the phone straight after bub and take time for the two of you to bond.
  • Pillow: I wish I had my own pillow!!!!
  • Snacks: Some nice healthy snacks, might night munchies are real!
  • Ural: A life-saving urinary Alkalinizer which provides effective pain relief after birth for your graze or tear.
  • Drink bottle with a straw: Not a must, but I hated the plastic cups and a drink bottle with a straw made it super easy when feeding.


  • Comfortable clothing: Pack comfortable clothes for lounging and sleeping in the hospital, you may like to bring bathers in case you jump in the water with mum.
  • Toiletries: Pack items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant.
  • Phone charger: Don’t be that person, make sure you double-check and pack your phone charger, you don’t want to miss taking beautiful photos of your new bubs and screening calls for mum!
  • Pack some snacks, who knows how long you will be waiting or if you will need to stay the night! Baby number one, hubby had a vending machine drink and chips, he didn’t want to leave me, but after 23 hours he was starving!
  • Digital camera or phone!


  • Outfits: Pack a few outfits for your baby (add one 00000 just in case bubs is tiny), including onesies, socks (these double as mitts to stop the face scratching), and a going-home outfit. Don’t over-pack!
  • Blankets: Pack a few soft, warm blankets for your baby to snuggle in.
  • Nappies and wipes: Pack a few nappies (10ish) and wipes for your baby’s needs (I loved the reusable or fragrance-free wipes).
  • Burp cloths: Pack a few burp cloths for spills and messes.

In addition to these items, make sure to bring along important documents like your insurance card,

birth plan, and any relevant medical information to help fill in the birth registration forms.

If you are having photos or taking your own and dad has a little trouble dressing the other children,

pop their outfits aside before you head to the hospital so they are all ready and dad can just dress them and go!

Packing your hospital bag may seem overwhelming, but after having three children I can’t stress enough

how important it is to have everything you need for a comfortable and stress-free stay.

Use this guide as a starting point, and feel free to add or subtract items based on your personal needs and preferences.

With these essentials in hand, you’ll be prepared for the big day and the exciting journey ahead!

I had a big bag packed for number 3 and didn’t use any of it! I went to the hospital at 7 am, had her at 2 pm and

was home by 11 pm, it was actually amazing and the best decision for me.


Have a watch at this 1-minute video!