If you are getting to the 35th week of pregnancy, it’s definitely time to pack that hospital bag! Here’s a recommended list of things to bring with you. Feel free to print it out and use it as a checklist!

Tip #1: Pack your bags and put them in your car boot by 35 weeks so that you are ready to go at a moments notice (if you plan to take a taxi, put the bags at your front door so you can grab them and go)

For Paperwork

  • Pen
  • Identity cards or passports (for yourself and your husband)
  • Marriage certificate
  • Hospital forms
  • Insurance information
  • Birth Plan (if you have one)
  • If you are applying for the Baby Bonus, you will need your bank details as well

Clothing for Yourself

  • A few pairs of socks – it can get cold during labour
  • Hairband or hair ties
  • Nursing bras (at least 2)
  • Underwear (if you don’t fancy using the hospital-provided disposable undies)
  • Slippers (washable ones) for getting around the hospital
  • Robe or nursing cardigan for throwing over your hospital gown when visitors come
  • Nursing-friendly clothes for going home
  • Shoes for going home

Tip #2: Anything that you intend to wear or use during labour will probably get messy, so don’t bring anything that can’t be easily washed (or thrown away) afterwards!

Toiletries and Personal Items

  • Wetwipes (for wiping your face during labour)
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Eyeglasses/contact lens case and solution
  • Lip balm – it gets very dry in hospital
  • Nipple balm
  • Body lotion
  • Breast pads
  • Makeup for looking fancy when your hordes of admirers visit
  • Maternity pads (if you don’t like the hospital’s brand)

Tip #3: Find out from your hospital what they provide in the maternity ward for both babies and mothers and remove those items from your list.

Hardware

  • Camera
  • Handphone
  • Chargers
  • Any other entertainment device that you fancy (eg. mp3 player, iPad, Kindle etc)

For the Husband and Birth Partner (and yourself, after labour)

  • Non-perishable sweets and snacks
  • Bottled drinks
  • Coins for the drink and snack machines
  • Consider bringing a change of clothes for him
  • Clothing for the baby
  • A going-home outfit of unsurpassed cuteness
  • A swaddle or blanket
  • Nappies (if you don’t like the hospital’s brand)
  • Plastic Bags, for the hordes of gifts you will be receiving (and for storing soiled clothing)