Hospital Bag Essentials

Printable Hospital Bag Checklist- Complete Print Out for Mom, Dad, & Baby

About the time I was 34 weeks pregnant, I started getting anxious about packing a bag for our hospital stay. I tried searching for items that veteran mommas had packed for their stays. What I found was a lot of long, overwhelming lists, that contained a lot of fluff items and what seemed to be over packing.

To save you from sifting through these needlessly long lists, I have compiled a condensed packing list that includes everything you will need without over packing. This printable hospital bag checklist is complete with the necessary items for the whole family and is the exact list I used to pack for my own delivery.

You can download the printable version of this checklist here.

I will break down what I packed and explain why some of these items were absolute must-have items during my hospital stay.

What to Pack For Mom

Comfort- In terms of making yourself comfortable, you are going to want to bring items that remind you of home. Here are a few things I would recommend bringing:

  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Slip-On Shoes
  • Your Own Bath Towel
  • Rubber Spiral Hair Ties
  • Head Bands

After Care- Your hospital will provide you with certain items, but ladies, I am telling you, please heed my advice on this. These two items changed the recovery game! I will never go into labor and delivery without these two items on hand:

  • Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray
  • Depends Adult Diapers

Clothing- When I was deciding on what to pack for clothes, I was not aware of how little I would actually need to bring, so I have revised and condensed my original list from my hospital stay, because I found I had packed too much. On this list is exactly what you will need. I found that I was mostly in lounge clothes or a hospital gown throughout my entire stay.

Next time, I will only bring the clothes I have put on this list and save myself some room. Here is what I would recommend packing for clothing:

  • Button Up or Baggy T-Shirts
  • Loose Fitting Pajama bottoms or Sweats
  • Going Home Outfit
  • Nursing Bras
  • Nipple Cream*
  • Nursing Pads*
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*Your hospital will provide you with some but I packed the brand I preferred

Hygiene & Vanity- Now, onto my favorite part, hygiene & vanity items. While you’re in labor, the last thing on your mind will be how you look. But, thanks to Instagram, pictures don’t stay private very long anymore. Needless to say, I was happy to look somewhat presentable when the cameras made their debut; and its all thanks to these life saving items I packed, for a get-ready-quick routine.

  • Dry Shampoo
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Shower Cap
  • Make Up Removal Wipes
  • Small Make Up bag (only the necessities)
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Travel Size Body Wash or Soap

Miscellaneous- These are a couple of things that we use every day, it becomes mundane and makes it easy to forget them, however these are items you absolutely do not want to forget.

  • Phone Charger
  • Camera

What to Pack For Dad

Comfort- I know you just laughed, because I did. Packing to make sure your husband is comfortable, when you’re about to push something the size of a watermelon out of where? I know it seems ironic, but making sure your husband is comfortable during your stay is important as well.

These are some items my husband brought with him:

  • Queen Size Fitted Sheet (For Pull-Out Bed or Couch)*
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

*The fitted sheet is an absolute must for us, because in our case, being a germaphobe runs in both sides of the family, and who knows what has spilled or leaked on that make-shift bed.

The Basics- During your stay, your husband is will need the items he would normally pack an overnight trip. This includes:

  • Outfits
  • Pajamas/Sleepwear
  • Any Necessary Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.)

Entertainment- Depending on your labor, you could be there a while. To take your mind off the nerves and contractions have your husband pack things to help distract you. These are the items we brought with us:

  • Headphones
  • Laptop
  • Movies
  • Phone Charger
  • Favorite Snacks*
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*These will mostly be for your husband, the hospital typically prohibits you from eating until after delivery.

What to Pack For Baby

When it comes to packing for your baby, your hospital will supply a lot of the items necessary to care for your newborn. These are the items I brought and I will provide a link here as to why these are my must-have items for your newborn’s arrival.

  • Onesies (2 Newborn/2 Size 0-3)
  • Sleepers/Pajama Suits (2 Newborn/2 Size 0-3)
  • Going Home/Picture Outfit
  • Swaddles (1-2)
  • Burp Cloths (2-3)
  • Pacifiers (1-2)
  • Socks (4-6 pairs)
  • Car Seat*

*A great piece of advice that was given to me, was to have your car seat installed around the time you are 35 weeks pregnant. Click here to learn which car seat is the safest on the market. Once installed, take it to your local fire station and the firemen will check to make sure your seat is installed properly and safe, at no charge. That way, if your labor catches you by surprise, like mine did, you will have peace of mind knowing your little one will have a safe first trip home.

Condense, Condense, Condense!

Let’s be honest, when it’s time, and you’re rushing off to the hospital, you do not want to be looking like a pack mule with fifty different bags, or lugging around a suitcase that weighs a thousand pounds. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

In order to make our load more compact and lightweight, my husband and I packed all of our items together in a medium-sized duffle bag, and just packed the baby’s items in a diaper bag to save the hassle of lugging around a big suitcase.

As always I love hearing from other mommas, so please leave any suggestions, of items you packed that you loved having during your hospital stay!

You can download the printable version of this checklist here.





  • Susan Durso

    This is a great website with good advice for moms going to the hospital. My son was a week early, thankfully I was so excited about his arrival I packed my bag 2 weeks prior. Went into labor in the middle of the night. The only other thing I would suggest to bring is some food. I was in labor for 15 hours and gave birth at 8pm. Needless to say, I was starving! Of course the cafeteria was closed and I wished I had brought snacks or something. My husband had to go out and get me something:) Love the checklist idea!

    • Madysen

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you for sharing your story! You truly never know when labor will strike and often times it does take us by surprise. I am glad you like the checklist I created. I loved your feedback and have added snacks to the list, but I put it under the list of things to pack for dad. My hospital actually prohibited me from eating until after delivery, so it is a great idea to bring snacks! Readers should keep in mind, depending on the hospital, the snacks may end up only being for dad until baby arrives. Thank you for your input and sharing your thoughts! I love hearing from other mommas.

  • Louis

    This idea is super awesome!  My wife is 30 weeks gone now, and we were looking for a list of items to pack for our hospital stay. As first time parents, we have pretty much no idea what we have pack and when. I know we can expect labour from the next couple of weeks, but we are really excited and want to be super ready! Thanks for this list, now we have something to work with.

    • Madysen

      Hi Louis!

      I’m glad you found this list helpful! I remember being around 30 weeks pregnant, stressing about what to pack in my bag, so I can totally relate. With this compact list you guys will be ready and can avoid over packing.

      Congratulations! Thanks for stopping by.


  • Wealthfather

    This is an informative and educative article. You have thoroughly put everything in perspective for anyone reading this post to understand the points. This is the most comprehensive article I have ever read on hospital bag checklist. I have read several books because my wife is 7 months pregnant at the moment and I can attest to the fact that all you have written are on point. This is a must for all pregnant buddies to read. Thanks for the eye opener 

    • Madysen

      Congratulations to you and your wife! You guys are in the home stretch and that little babe will be here before you know it! I’m glad you found this list helpful, and it sounds like you are doing a ton of research. I appreciate you sharing this with your friends and family.

      Thanks for sharing!


  • Jenny

    You really have thought of everything. I’ve been trying to find a good list so I know what to bring with me to the hospital, I probably only had about five of the things you listed so this is great, and I love that I can print it out so I can bring it to the store with me. So handy. Thanks so much for sharing, this is such a big help to new moms.

    • Madysen

      Hi Jenny!

      You’re welcome! I am glad you found this list helpful. I am a total ‘list person’, so I love a good print out. This makes it easy to just check off as you go, and everything you could possibly need is there.

      Having a baby is stressful so anything to cut back on that stress is great! With this list you can let go of stressing over your bags and focus on more important matters.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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