What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag: A Checklist

Posted on February 18, 2014



My sister is due to have her second baby in just three weeks time (squeeeal!) When I last spoke to her she was busy packing her bag for the delivery which has got me thinking about those hospital bag must-haves.

Take a look at our hospital bag list below and leave a comment if you’ve got any other tips for expectant mums! And if you are preparing for the birth of your little bairn, why not download our Hospital Bag Checklist.



For during labour:

  • Your birth plan, if you have one.
  • Lip gloss. Your lips can get very dry with the deep breathing during labour.
  • A water bottle.
  • A nightie or old t-shirt.
  • Warm socks. Even if you choose not wear anything during labour, your feet can get cold!
  • Massage and/or essential oils. You might also want to take an electric vaporizer if permitted by your hospital.
  • Relaxing music. Make sure to check whether your hospital has a CD player/i-pod docking station.

For after labour:

  • A comfy nightie or PJs.
  • Casual clothes, including tracksuit pants and a warm jumper.
  • Maternity bras.
  • Breast pads.
  • Toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, and soap.
  • Maternity pads, and lots of them!
  • Cheap knickers. If you are having a cesarean, make sure they are high waisted so they don’t rub your wound.
  • Wet wipes. A lot more comfortable than using toilet paper in the days following labour.
  • - A going home outfit. Remember that you won’t instantly fit back into your old jeans, so make sure it’s something comfortable!


  • A copy of your birth plan, if you have one.
  • Swimmers, for helping you in the bath or shower.
  • Snacks and drinks.
  • A mobile phone and charger, not forgetting a list of contact numbers to announce the birth.
  • Camera and charger. If you’d like to take a video camera don’t forget to check with your hospital whether it’s allowed in the delivery room.
  • Books/magazines.
  • A change of clothes.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.


  • Nappies and wipes. Check with your hospital as many supply these (either cloth, disposables, or both).
  • A handful of onesies. Your baby will be given a hospital gown and wrap, but you may choose to use your own clothes.
  • A spare blanket.
  • Socks/booties.
  • A going home outfit.
  • Car restraint. Make sure this is organised and installed correctly to take baby home.

When packing your bag remember that different hospitals have differing policies on what you may or may not bring, so always check with them if you’re unsure.

Download our Hospital Bag Checklist

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