So I’ve been in the hospital for the past week due to a bad flare of my UC. I’ve never been to the hospital before, so I didn’t know what I was supposed to bring. I tried looking up what I should take with me, but no one seemed to have a good, solid answer for me. Hopefully, if any of you ever have to go to the hospital, this might be able to help you out.
First things first, if you are going to the ER, you can always have people bring things in for you at a later time. You don’t want to bring a giant suitcase with you into the ER. Just bring the essentials at first (things you absolutely cannot live without eg: toothbrush and toothpaste). After you get admitted, you can worry about the other stuff.
What you will need:
Pajamas- I was not given a hospital gown when I went into the hospital. They let me wear whatever I want the whole time. Pajamas are the best because they are the most comfortable. I prefer button-down short-sleeve, soft pajama shirts and soft shorts. Make sure that whatever clothes you bring are clothes that you are comfortable wearing for long periods of time. I’ve been hooked up to a TPN thing the whole time, so in order for me to change, they have to disconnect me. It ended up being much easier to just wear the pajamas you wore to bed during the day.
Two Pairs of Flip Flops- Hospital floors are really gross, so I would recommend having a comfortable pair of flip flops to walk around in. Also, I would make sure to have a pair of old, worn-out flip flops that you don’t use anymore because they are very helpful when it comes to showering. You don’t want to have to walk around with soggy shoes after you’ve showered.
Moisturizer- This one sounds kind of odd, but your skin gets so dry when you’re in the hospital! They have you shower with this super powered body wash to prevent infection, and it dries out your skin so much. I prefer the Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer. It’s hydrating, easy to use, and it dries in less than a minute.
Hand Cream- As I said before, the hospital dries out your skin. I already have to use hand cream on a daily basis, but I use it several times a day while I’m here. I’ve gone back and forth between using two different ones here: The Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Therapy Hand Cream and the Crabtree and Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy. The Aveeno one is a product that I have sworn by for years, and it is for people who have chronic dry hands. The Crabtree and Evelyn one is something that I picked up at the gift shop, and it smells amazing and keeps my hands soft too.
Lip Balm- My lips are so dry here, and it’s really frustrating. I’ve been using the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm for when my lips aren’t too bad, but when I need something more, I go for the Smith’s Rosebud Salve.
Skincare Routine- Your skincare routine in the hospital is a totally personal thing, but when I found out that I was going to the hospital, I knew that I was not going to get bad skin here. I will list my current skincare routine below along with all the other products I have talked about. I really like keeping up my routine in the hospital because it makes me feel like I’m still human. I have also added something to my routine since I’ve been here, so I can take a few shortcuts when I’m feeling lazy. I have been using the Burt’s Bees Cleansing Wipes, so I don’t have to worry about washing my face all the time. My skin has actually cleared up since coming here!
Hair Routine- My hair has looked pretty bad since I’ve been here, but I do still use all the essentials. I have been using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I brought a brush with me, and I also brought my trust-worthy argan oil to keep my hair soft. I would also recommend bringing hair ties and bobby pins, so you can keep your hair out of your face if you want to.
Disinfectant Wipes and Flushable Wipes- Hospitals are gross, and you want to make sure that your room is as clean as possible. Disinfectant wipes are a must. Flushable wipes are necessary because the toilet paper sucks in the hospital. Also, they just make you feel a little bit more hygienic.
Hand Sanitizer- Again, hospitals are gross.
Essentials- I would also bring things like your toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, tissues, etc.
Entertainment- Hospitals can get pretty boring, so bring whatever you can to entertain you. Your phone, computer, and chargers are things that you cannot live without. I also have been reading some magazines while I’ve been here. I haven’t read any books, but that’s just because I haven’t been in the mood to. I know a lot of people love spending their time reading, so feel free to bring them.
A Robe and a Turbie Twist- I brought my short-sleeve robe with me, so I can use it for when I shower, and it was the best decision ever. I have a PICC Line in my arm, and it makes it a little bit difficult to move around when it’s time to shower, so a robe that does not restrict your arms is a really nice thing to have. I also use Turbie Twists at home to tie up my hair after I shower, so it was a no-brainer for me to bring mine with me. It makes everything so much easier.
Okay, I think that I’ve covered everything. I will list all of the products and where you can find them below. Knowing me, I probably left something out, so please comment if you’ve thought of anything that I’ve missed. Also, let me know what you bring to the hospital.
Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer (Cocoa Radiant)
Crabtree and Evelyn Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy (Pear and Pink Magnolia)
This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own:)