What TO Bring/What NOT to Bring

If you’re preparing for a hospital visit, rest assured that most of your basic needs will already be taken care of, including food, hospital gowns and toiletries. Here we’ve put together a short list of essentials you need to bring with you, as well as recommendations for items you should definitely leave at home.

What TO bring to the hospital

  • A complete list of all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements
  • Lab and/or X-ray results done recently at another facility
  • A case for glasses, contacts, and/or dentures
  • Insurance card
  • Valid ID
  • Form of payment
  • A copy of your Advance Directives (i.e., Living will)
  • For overnight stays, pack sleepwear, footwear and other personal items you may need 

What NOT to bring to the hospital

  • Valuables, such as jewelry (wedding ring) or money
  • Electrical appliances, including cell phones, TVs and radios
  • Cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs