What to bring: A list for parents.

As a leading pediatric hospital, we strive to create an environment that’s not just comfortable, but also engaging. We want to ensure the mind and soul are enriched so that the body can heal.

With that said, days in the hospital can be long and sometimes stressful. That’s why bringing some comforts from home is encouraged–things that make your child feel more secure and less anxious.

Depending on the length of stay, you may need more or less of these items, so speak with the Child and Family Life team once you know the length of stay and just ask their opinion.

It's a good idea to check with us before packing anyway, to ensure you're not bringing items we already have, or that we might not allow in the hospital. And always leave valuables at home.

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Packing checklist

Use this packing checklist as a guide to help you as you prepare. We divided the list into easy-to-remember categories, so it won’t feel as overwhelming.

Remember—essentials like a pillow, blanket, and a generic grooming kit are provided for your child in our hospital. But special belongings from home may go a long way in helping your child feel more comfortable.

Personal documents
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  • Identification for you (parent or caregiver) and child
  • Your child's medical records

  • Your child’s insurance information

  • Name of pharmacy used most often (with phone number)

  • Name of pediatrician or other family doctors (with phone numbers)

Medications, medical devices or supplies
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  • Your child's prescription medications
  • Your child’s over-the-counter medications (check to see if these are allowed)

  • Devices such as: retainers, inhalers, insulin injectors, continuous glucose monitoring device, CPAP or BiPAP machine, hearing aids, eyeglasses, orthopedic braces, splints, or mobility aids

Communication and entertainment
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  • Cell phones (with chargers)
  • Laptop or tablets (with chargers)
  • Headphones (with chargers)
  • We have entertainment items for all ages
Comfort from home
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  • A favorite blanket or comforter
  • Your child’s favorite pillow

  • Stuffed animals or favorite toys for comfort

  • Easy snacks (granola bars, crackers, candy, etc.)

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Juice boxes

  • Photos of family, friends, and pets

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  • Your child’s pajamas
  • Comfortable clothes (t-shirts, sweatpants, etc.)

  • Underwear

  • Socks (hint: warmer pairs are often better)

  • Slippers or comfortable shoes

  • Plastic bags for dirty laundry (to bring back home to wash)

Grooming essentials and toiletries
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  • Your child’s hairbrush or comb
  • Hair ties or clips

  • Preferred shampoo and/or conditioner

  • Your child’s personal toothbrush and preferred toothpaste (if desired)

  • Lip balm, moisturizer, acne medication, or other personal items (if applicable)

  • Preferred soap or body wash

  • Diapers or pull-ups (if applicable)

  • Baby wipes or moist towelettes (if applicable)

  • Baby lotion (if applicable)

Parent/caregiver pack list
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Parents and caregivers, you should also consider what you'll want to wear while in the hospital, and what personal hygiene items you'll need.

  • Comfortable clothes (t-shirts, sweatpants, hoodie, etc.)
  • Underwear and socks

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Personal grooming and toiletries

Don’t forget to pack a few things to occupy your mind while your child is undergoing a test or procedure.

  • Books, magazines, laptop
  • Email contact list

  • Notebook for taking medical notes

We can help with more than packing. We can show you where to go before you even get there.

You’ll likely be asking: Where will we park? What options are there for grabbing food outside of the hospital? Is there lodging nearby?

For these questions and more, we’ve listed the names and locations of businesses and support services to help you plan ahead.

We’re here to support you every step of the way.

We understand that concerns about finances can weigh heavily. Our dedicated financial team provides resources to help guide you through this aspect of care, so you can remain focused on your child's well-being.

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Need Something? Forget Something? Worried About Something?

Ask your care team about making your child's stay more comfortable.