The best way to pack for hospital is to be pragmatic and have everything organised in 3 separate main bags that you will take in with you: a main labour bag, a labour bag and a bag for your partner.
You can, then, have a fourth bag with extra clothing, underwear and items like pads and nappies ready at home for your partner to grab in case you have an extended hospital stay.
What Should I Pack?
The main bag
You’ll need some key things like toiletries, night clothes and underwear, and a change of clothes, aswell as Maternity pads, Any regular medication you are on, Your maternity notes and Your birth plan if you have one.
Your post-birth bag
Your post-birth bag should include everything you’ll need immediately after giving birth and for that first toilet trip:- Like flip flops, Night dress, Maternity pads, 1 pair of pants, My Expert Midwife Spritz for Bits
You labour bag
This is a small bag that will hold essential items you may need during labour, such as:- A refillable water bottle, Hair-ties, A hand-fan, A flannel, Lip balm, TENS machine/wheat bag.
For a full list, and more hints and tips, that also includes what to pack for your baby and your partner see our full Hospital Bag blog.