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, Your birth plan if you have one, Hand sanitiser, like My Expert Midwife Spritz for Clean Hands
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