Packing a bag for a hospital stay

What is a good bag for hospital visits?

Follow Me on Pinterest When not in use you can hang your Trabasack hospital bag safely on your wheelchair


If you find yourself spending a lot of time at hospital appointments, whether it’s just for frequent checkups or longer stays, you’ll realise the importance of having a specific hospital bag, for use on these occasions. In this bag you need to keep records of your prescriptions, current medication and all your usual bits and pieces from your glasses to magazines for reading during your long stays in waiting rooms (we all know the mags on offer are usually at least 10 years old!). Many people who regularly visit hospitals for outpatients or emergency visits like to have a bag packed and ready to go.

Packing a bag ready for a hospital stay

Having your hospital bag ready is always good if you suffer from any number of conditions but particularly those which mean you end up in hospital more often than you would like and often overnight. A designated hospital bag means you’re always ready when one of these accidents or emergencies occur.


What should I take to Hospital?


We suggest bringing the following:

  1. Loose fitting comfortable clothes -day wear is more dignified than pajamas, but you will need something cool for the night time as well!
  2. Socks and slippers. Flip flops are very good too.
  3. Glasses. If you wear contact lens, you might consider taking glasses instead, as they are more practical in a dry hospital environment.
  4. Loose warm clothes for the journey home. Depending on the purpose of your visit, you may need different clothes than usual, for example after surgery or casts.
  5. Underwear
  6. Personal toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving items and brushes. Soap and shampoo is provided but you may prefer your own.
  7. A copy of your prescription list along with your usual medicines and supplements.
  8. Your mobile phone and a charger (hospitals usually charge for phone calls)
  9. Entertainment such as books, music, Ipod, portable DVD player, magazines

We believe Trabasack is the perfect hospital bag because of its multi-functionality. As well as providing a spacious area for you to store everything you might need for a hospital trip, it also acts as a comfy lap tray so you can complete your crossword puzzles or other hobbies at ease as you wait for your appointments. Equally, the tray facility means you can comfortably sit up in your hospital bed and eat, drink or read using your Trabasack’s handy tray surface. Both flat and secure, you need not worry about spilling or dropping anything.

Staying in hospital can be stressful enough without having to worry about keeping all your things safe and at hand.

Follow Me on Pinterest Trabasack makes eating and drinking in hospital easy and trouble free.together or getting completely bored because you’ve forgotten your favourite hobby magazine or books. Utilising your Trabasack for hospital stays is a brilliant way of staying organised and not having to worry over little things.

Suggestions from Twitter: Things to take to Hospital

We also saw a tweet where trabasack owner @OneoffDave was preparing for a hospital visit and asked for suggestions from fellow tweeters:

So fellow disableds, any top tips on things to take into hospital when having surgery? #hospkit
Dave McQuirk

The list he was given included

Pyjamas, dressing gown, slippers, socks, flannel, towel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, squash, biscuits, music, books, laptop, pen, paper, Decent blanket, decent pillow, list of allergies and emergency contact

From @jamielicious

OneoffDave also replied with 

@ I'm always too hot in hospital. I usually take mustard and tobasco, books/kindle, notebook, red headtorch
Dave McQuirk

Other suggestions included

a teasmaid, your own wheelchair and lock, a blanket, a laptop/money to watch tv, towel to hang over Lansley on tv if you dont

phone, music & earplugs, a lovely fleece cardigan,  phone charger (& phone), a Kindle, real books, dressing gown, wash bag, Biscuits/snacks, your own towel and puzzle magazines.

And finally from us:

@ flip flops, comfy clothes, water bottle (hydrant), t-sack (natch), books, tabasco, sweets, bombay mix, peanut butter #hospkit
@trabasack Duncan E.

If you would like to buy a trabasack for yourself or hospital please visit our webshop. We recommend the Trabasack Curve as a hospital bag.

If you have any other suggestion for useful things to take for a short stay in hospital, please leave a comment below.



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