Some essentials to pack for a hospital stay include paperwork and documents, small amounts of money or change, comfortable clothing, and writing paper and a pen, according to MedicineNet. Other hospital-stay essentials include toiletries and reading material or other things to help pass the time.
Any documents and paperwork needed for the hospital stay should be kept in one place, such as a folder, to keep them organized during the stay, notes MedicineNet. This includes medication lists, lists of phone numbers, insurance cards and living wills.
Loose change and small bills for use in vending machines or for buying newspapers is also important. Large amounts of cash or credit cards should be left at home, as should valuables such as jewelry.
Although most hospitals require patients to wear the gowns they supply, bring along comfortable socks and underwear. Some hospitals may allow patients to bring a nightgown or robe from home. A sweater may come in useful for someone prone to chills. A pair of slippers for walking around the hospital are needed.
Bring along magazines or books to read or crossword puzzles to work. A toothbrush and other toiletries, such as soap, a hair brush and shampoo, are ideal as well. Depending on the hospital's policies, bring a laptop or tablet.