What’s In My Hospital Bag?

What’s In My Hospital Bag?

Hey all,

I initially started this post when I was 39 weeks pregnant, having contractions and still packing my hospital bag. Although I consider myself an organised person, I can procrastinate and despite having the items to go into my suitcase for weeks, I didn’t quite get around to packing it until the last minute (bad idea!). I didn’t think I would need to pack much as I intended to have a quick delivery in a freestanding birth centre, but due to complications, I ended up staying in the hospital for 5 days. These are the items that I packed in my hospital bag:

  • Lip balm! My lips got soo dry during labour! My partner told me he’d never seen my lips so dry and even offered to put it on for me, how cheeky is that! Lol
  • Birth plan and hospital notes
  • Toiletry bag – toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, body wash, flannel, deodorant, body cream, shower cap, shaving foam and razor
  • Postpartum essentials – Arnica 30C tablets, maternity pads, breast pads, nipple cream, douche bottle, perineal spray
  • Maternity bra(s)
  • Disposable knickers and full briefs
  • Sliders
  • Towel (the hospital ones aren’t great)
  • Phone charger
  • Tablet
  • Comfortable over-the-bump maternity lounge joggers
  • Maternity tops
  • Maternity leggings
  • Hair products (not that I got round to using them)
  • Phone and/or high quality camera
  • Pj’s and dressing gown
  • Comfy outfit to go home in
  • Snacks and drinks – water, isotonic drinks (for energy while in labour),  Graze lemon flapjacks*drool* and Cadbury chocolate cereal bars *double drool*

Contents of a labour and delivery hospital bag/suitcase. Contains maternity and postpartum clothes, products and snacks

Items I Forgot To Pack

And these are the items I wish I included!:

  • Satin pillowcase – I have a relaxer and didn’t wrap my hair during labour, because let’s face it that was the last thing on my mind. By the time I had my baby my hair was a dry mess and I was telling people not to take photos of me, lol!
  • Donut cushion – I had an episiotomy and couldn’t sit down comfortably for weeks!

Labour and delivery hospital bag to deliver a baby. Contains maternity and postpartum products, snacks and clothes


I used a small cabin-sized suitcase from River Island (similar style linked here) as it was so practical. I was able to wheel it back and forth easily which was a necessity considering how many times I went to the hospital! It’s a decent size and held everything I needed easily, and when open I could see where everything was without having to rummage through. I decided to pack a separate bag for my baby as I always travel heavy!

Enjoyed this post? You can also read my Postpartum Essentials post or my birth story.

Viv Simone x




  1. June 10, 2019 / 7:45 am

    I’ve got my bags packed (I’m 39 weeks myself). I’ve got all of the above and quite a bit more. I’m not sure we’ll need it all but it’s better to be prepared isn’t it?

    • Viv Simone
      June 10, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Oh yes! I honestly thought I’d labour at home have a quick water birth, then be home the same day and not need all the stuff I packed. Because I ended up staying in for 5 days I had to send PJs home with my mum and have her bring some more in for me!

  2. January 3, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    Great list, I’m due on February 1st (although we’re not sure we’ll make it until then) so I’m getting my bag packed now and there’s a few things on this list I left out! I forgot just how dry my lips were the first time so thank you for keeping me right!

    • Vivsimone
      January 10, 2019 / 4:13 pm

      I’m enjoying my daughter who is nearly six months old but miss that pre-baby prep for some reason! And thankyou, good luck!

  3. November 4, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I remember packing lots for during labour with my first and to be fair some of it was helpful. Second time round I don’t think it came of the car until after the birth! A donut pillow would definitely be useful

  4. November 4, 2018 / 7:55 am

    I found the first time I was in, I’d packed loads and didn’t use half of it. Second time round I was more realistic – possibly because I was having twins and knew that washing my hair was going to be the last thing I’d be able to do (still pretty much like it 16 months on!) Still took and put on make up though!

    • Viv Simone
      November 6, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Lool! I didn’t even want to look in the mirror never mind put on makeup. But then I dont have many photos with my newborn that are decent enough to publicise 🙁 x

  5. November 4, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Oh the donut cushion would have been such a blessing! If only I had read this 4 years ago! 😂 Great genera tips though. I haven’t heard of Arnica tableta but yes these would have been very useful too.

    • Viv Simone
      November 6, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Haha there’s always next time! 😉

  6. November 3, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    This is a great list – I wish I’d had my bag sorted like this. My second one was three weeks early and I was not prepared, I wish I’d had a bag packed! Good advice.

  7. November 3, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Lots of maternity pads is a must. Also crackers or water biscuits are a great snack to take.

    • Viv Simone
      November 3, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      I never thought of taking crackers! I must admit I did struggle when walking round the supermarket looking for snacks I would fancy in labour.

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