What to Bring/What NOT to Bring

If you’re visiting someone at the hospital or helping someone pack for a longer stay, it’s tempting to bring everything from home to make their stay (or yours) more comfortable.

That said, there are some things we recommend leaving at home. We have put together a short list of essentials you need to bring along, and recommendations for items that you should leave at home.

What to bring to the hospital:

  • A complete list of all medications you are currently taking, with their dosage and frequency. Include over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, dentures and/or hearing aids, plus clearly labeled cases or containers
  • Insurance card
  • Valid ID and Social Security Number
  • Form of payment
  • A copy of your Advance Directives (Ex: Living Will)
  • Sleepwear, footwear and other personal items you may need for overnight stays

What NOT to bring to the hospital:

  • Valuables, such as jewelry (rings) or cash
  • Electrical devices, including cellphones, TVs and radios
  • Cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs
Have a specific question about an item? Please contact us.