Most often you will find all kinds of topics on hospital bags for labor and delivery or when you know you are staying awhile. But I always try to have a small bag even for outpatient procedures. Somethings are for entertainment, while others are clothes and necessity. I thought that I would tell you all what I packed!
I just really packed a fairly small bag. It was a lunch box I used to take to work. It was completely wipeable so I could sanitize it. After I packed it, there wasn’t much spare room!
I actually had two bags but one was mostly to keep my pajamas completely clean. It was meant to keep the cats off of them so I just used a grocery style bag. It had my pajama pants, pajama shirt, and underwear. I used this set after my pre-op shower.
In my main bag, I head several things. I packed a very comfortable set of pajama pants. I also baked a button down shirt (easier to get on and off). I packed an extra pair of underwear and regular socks. I packed my partial kit as well. Since mother nature is a bitch about timing, I was also forced to pack feminine hygiene products. My inhaler was packed, my phone charger, and my headphones. My last thing was my snuggly unicorn my dad got me with a previous surgery.
I had a few more items that were not to be packed. I had to buy some Hibiclens to shower with twice. I also had to buy an extra sheet set. I didn’t want Shawn worrying about washing and drying plus making the bed.
In the morning, I will also pack my ID, my insurance, and my debit card in my small bag. I don’t want to risk losing my purse in the hospital.
Overall, my only “entertainment” this go was my phone and my unicorn. When it’s my own surgery, I don’t really pack entertainment. I’m typically very sick right after so I never have any time to entertain myself.
I never really know what to expect with each surgery. But since the plan being outpatient, I really won’t need a lot. If for some reason the plans change, we are close and I can always send Shawn for more things. 🙂
Have you ever had surgery? Did you do any prepping before you went in?
Thanks for reading,