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Hospital packing list for the hospital stay

What should you pack for a hospital stay? You need different things for a hospital stay. Depending on the length of your stay in the clinic and the time of year, you will need the most important documents, more or less warm or light clothing, different hygiene items and something to do for the large amount of free time you usually have in the hospital. So that you don't forget anything important in the worst-case scenario, it makes sense to have a packing list that you can use to pack the clinic bag quickly and completely. So what should you have on the packing list for the hospital and what do you need to put in the clinic bag?

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Money & Finance

In the hospital it is cheap to have a cash card or cash with you if you want to buy something, for example at the kiosk or a telephone card or access to the television in the room.


Cleanliness is the top priority in hospitals, which unfortunately does not always work 100 percent. As a patient, you can help prevent hospital germs from being transmitted, for example, by taking personal hygiene seriously. The hygiene items required for this must therefore be on your packing list:


So that you don't have to spend the time in the hospital in the usually unsightly and ill-fitting nightgowns, you should write suitable clothing on the packing list. Depending on the length of the stay and the time of year, the following items of clothing should be included:

Medicines / pharmacy

During a stay in the hospital, you will always be asked whether you need to take medication regularly and whether you have it with you. This will make it easier for doctors to decide whether you might have to stop them because of an upcoming operation or whether they can tolerate the medication you will be given during treatment at the clinic. If you are dependent on medication, it should definitely be on your packing list. This gives you the security of being able to continue taking them, even if they are not immediately available in the clinic, which can happen with very rare medications.

Papers & documents

If you have to go to the clinic, you should definitely pack all the documents in the clinic bag that are important for your identity, your insurance cover and any upcoming examinations. Above all, the following things should be on the packing list:

Backpacks & Bags

You will have a large clinic bag with you when you arrive. But if you want to do some shopping in the hospital (e.g. at the kiosk), you need a small bag or bag in which you can stow the purchases. So you don't have to hold everything in your hands and you always have one hand free to hold onto, for example, the banister or IV pole.


One of the golden rules during a hospital stay is that you, the patient, should get out of bed and move around as quickly as possible. That's why you need suitable shoes for the hospital. In addition to slippers with non-slip soles, sneakers are best for examinations and outdoor shoes for walks in the open air. If necessary, slippers and street shoes are also sufficient.


If you are not busy with examinations during a stay in the hospital, you have a lot of time that you should fill in some sensible way so that the blanket does not fall on your head with boredom. For this reason, things that can provide entertainment belong on the packing list and in the clinic bag.

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Technical equipment

Unfortunately, hospitals are usually poorly equipped with electronics. Therefore, it makes sense that you write down on your packing list all technical devices that can be useful in the clinic or give you a little distraction:


Such a packing list looks very extensive and some you may not need while you are in the hospital. However, it is always good to pack a little more in order not to realize afterwards that something is missing. A well thought-out packing list and sufficiently packed clinic bag ensure that you don't have to worry about whether you have forgotten something important in the hospital.

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