Birth Story · Labor and Delivery · Motherhood

Hospital Bag- What I Packed & What I Actually Used


I spent A LOT of time obsessing about what I needed to pack in my hospital bag. There are just so many unknown factors that go into the delivery day (whenever that may be).. I just wanted to be prepared for anything! Being so pregnant and not knowing when or even how she would enter the world was hard for me because I like to be in control! The one thing I could control was what I packed…so I went a little crazy! haha

The funny thing is, other than a car seat to take the baby home in, you don’t really need anything! It is, however, nice to have things that make you feel comfortable (even if you don’t end up using them).

While making my list, I turned to instagram and asked what women packed in their bags that they really needed and used. I was thrilled with the response I received, and I added all of their suggestions to my list! Even though I didn’t end up using everything, it was nice having the options to use what I brought! I felt as prepared as one could feel! 🙂  I ended up with this (hopefully this helps anyone that needs to pack up for their big day!):


  • robe
  • socks
  • granny panties
  • night gown (that buttons down the front for breast feeding)
  • leggings + long t-shirt (possible going home outfit)
  • dress (possible going home outfit)
  • cheap flip flops
  • nursing bra

What I really used:

  • night gown- (I wore it shortly after her delivery and slept in it that night. It was wonderful getting up and out of the hospital gown!)
  • robe- (The next morning, I just threw my robe on over the wonderful-sexy-HUGE mesh panties that they give you and my nursing bra. I actually went home in this same attire because we were able to go leave at 11pm..just over 24 hours of having her! It was night..and I could care less who saw me in my robe! haha!)
  • flip flops
  • nursing bra
  • socks –(but I used the ones that the hospital provided)


  • makeup
  • deodorant
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • dry shampoo
  • skincare (lotion, eye cream)
  • body lotion
  • soap
  • blow dryer
  • flat iron
  • chapstick
  • overnight gigantic maxi pads
  • Hair elastic
  • Brush

What I really used:

  • makeup- (It made me feel refreshed and a little more put together!)
  • deodorant
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • dry shampoo- (I curled my hair while I was in early labor at home, and lucky for me it still looked half decent the next day! I didn’t bother washing it and just loaded in the dry shampoo instead.)
  • soap (and lots of it)
  • skincare
  • chapstick
  • Hair elastic
  • Brush


  • phone and phone charger
  • camera and camera charger
  • snacks
  • mints
  • towel
  • pillow
  • nursing pillow (boppy)
  • nursing pads
  • lanolin
  • ear buds
  • extension cord
  • wallet
  • tervis water bottle

What I really used:

  • phone and charger
  • camera and charger
  • snacks
  • mints (They let me have them during labor.)
  • pillow (The ones they have there truly suck. I was so happy to have my own!)
  • nursing pillow (boppy)- (I also used this to sit on a few times..because ouch.)
  • lanolin- (but I used the sample that they gave me. A little goes a long way.)
  • extension cord- (this is a MUST.)
  • wallet

For Baby

  • swaddle
  • 3 going home outfit options ranging in size (newborn sizes differ depending on brand)
  • 3 different sized pajama options
  • scratching mitts
  • headbands
  • baby book
  • empty folder to put important papers in

What I really used:

  • swaddle- (We used this to swaddle and to cover her up with in her car seat.)
  • going home outfit
  • pajamas (It was a gown with the hand flips so that she wouldn’t scratch herself.)
  • baby book (We worked on it while I was in labor to pass the time.)
  • empty folder

For Husband

He packed his own bag, but I made suggestions as to what he should bring!

  • change of clothes
  • pull over hoodie
  • sweat pants
  • towel
  • toiletry bag
  • flip flops for shower
  • phone and phone charger
  • ipad
  • wallet

The only thing I remember him saying that he wished he had was a blanket from home. 🙂

What the hospital provided that we used:

  • lanolin cream
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • a shirt for baby
  • swaddle blanket
  • hats (some of which were knit and really cute!)
  • mesh underwear
  • pads
  • items to cleanse and take care of down there
  • socks

The hospital actually gave us a bunch of diapers, wipes, mesh underwear, pads and cleansing items to take home! It was wonderful! They really hooked us up! We also got to take home the hats and a swaddle blanket as well. So, if you are unsure of what they will provide, I would recommend asking! We were very well taken care of! 🙂

I hope that this helps anyone getting ready to pack for their big day! It can be hard to pack for something like birth, especially if you have never experienced it before! But remember, you really don’t need any of these things.. so try not to stress over it too much (like I did! haha).

-Rachel xo


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