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Packing for a Coronavirus Hospital Stay

When it comes to what you’ll need for a hospital stay, coronavirus doesn’t change much. But visitors may be limited or not allowed at all. So be sure to bring everything you’ll need — and focus on items that help you stay connected, comfy, and entertained. 

Must-Have Items

You may not need everything here, but it’s a good starting point.

  • Phone and charger (and maybe a laptop or tablet)
  • Earphones
  • Books and magazines (or an eReader)
  • Knitting, puzzles, or other crafts and hobbies
  • A few pictures of loved ones

Personal Care

The hospital may supply many of these items, but you’ll feel more at home with your own. Travel size containers are best for most toiletries.

Skin care

  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion or moisturizer
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers and file

Hair care

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair ties or hair clips

Dental care

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Denture cream

Eye and ear care

  • Glasses (they’ll be easier than contacts)
  • Hearing aids
  • Earplugs (hospitals can be loud)
  • Eye mask for sleeping

Clothing

  • Pajamas (avoid snaps and long gowns)
  • Robe
  • Slippers with rubber soles
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sweatshirt or sweater (hospitals can be chilly)
  • Scarf and throw blanket
  • Outfit to wear home (loose-fitting is best)

Medication List

Bring a list of supplements and medications you take. Include the dose and how often you take them.

Other Items

  • Pen and small notebook to keep a list of questions for you doctor
  • Pillow (hospitals have them, but they may not be comfy)
  • Favorite snacks (non-perishable)

Items to Leave at Home

  • Medications (the hospital will supply them)
  • Jewelry, including your wedding ring 
  • Cash (bring a small amount for the gift shop or vending machines)
  • Credit cards
  • Checkbook
  • Makeup and nail polish (and remove it before going in)