5 Hospital Bag Must-Haves

Beige Weekender Bag with Pampas and a tan diffuser in the background
Weekender Bag from Beis

I am a lover of all things with making lists and organization! Making sure my hospital bag was packed with everything I need was fun and exciting as we get closer to baby Sebastian's due date. As a first time mama, I didn't really know what was needed in a hospital bag until I did research.

I shared my completed list on Instagram and I will be sharing that at the end of this blog post as well. What I found was different for every mama was the essential items you need to take to be ready for delivery. The camera, the chargers, the COVID PPE and the clothing was a given, but the specifics to making delivery and settling in a hospital more comfortable is what I'm going for. Here are 5 Hospital Bag Essentials I'll most definitely be bringing with me.


I have heard from mothers I know personally that it is going to be hard to make time for taking care of myself because it will be about the baby. The ONLY alone time I will get to have is when I am in the bathroom, so I packed travel sized versions of my current face wash, skincare products and double cleansing method products (I always like to purchase small samples and mini products from Sephora for traveling and situations like this):

Day Time Routine

Step 1: Tatcha Deep Exfoliating Cleanser

Step 2: Blume Day Dreamer Cleanser

Step 3: Dickinson's Hydrating Toner

Step 4: Clove & Hallow Glow -C Serum

Step 5: Tatcha Water Cream Moisturizer

Step 6: First Aid Beauty Retinol Eye Cream

Night Time Routine

Step 1: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil 

Step 2: Garnier Sulfate-Free Cleanser

Step 3: Tatcha Deep Exfoliating Cleanser

Step 4: Dickinson's Hydrating Toner

Step 5: Collagen Face Mask (any is fine)

Step 6: Clove & Hallow Glow-C Serum

Step 7: Tatcha Water Cream Moisturizer


I am the type of person that does not like to feel sticky or dirty. Once I give birth I know there will be a lot of blood, sweat and tears secreting from my body so I want to be ready to take a shower. I made sure to pack some of my favorites so that I am comfortable enough to shower in the hospital and for Antonny as well. 

- towel (dark colored because post-partum can get a little messy)

- robe (dark colored because post-partum can get a little messy)

- travel sized shampoo, conditioner, exfoliant & body wash

- shower sandals (I don't trust hospital bathroom floors to be fully sanitary)

- small loofah/exfoliating brush

- wet brush for combing wet hair

- razor (in case I want to shave)

Weekender bag, brown diaper bag with pampas and diffuser in the background
Weekender Bag from Beis | Terra-Cota Diaper Bag from Mina Baie



Being that we are on the go so unexpectedly, I feel like this is something most women forget! We still have to take care of those stretch marks and keep moisturizing our skin. Once the baby is born they will want to feel you skin and you want to make sure it is soft enough for your baby to feel comfortable on you. For the sake of the little one, it is best to use an unscented moisturizer as they arrive fresh out of the womb. I am currently using the Aveeno Unscented Daily Moisturizer for Dry Skin.


This is the Virgo in me overthinking everything, but as the mamas push and push during labor our mouths get dry and so do our lips. I love have moisturized lips so having my Chapstick in close proximity will be crucial. Bringing a lip scrub to pamper your lips is also in my bag


I packed about a 4-5 day supply of my pre-natals and current vitamins I am taking. With the help of experienced mamas, I was advised to keep taking prenatals and iron tablets after delivery because the breast milk does not contain the right amount of nutrients these vitamins have. This can cause the newborn to have iron-deficiency anemia and take some nasty medication they will not be too happy about. I always say it is better to be prepared than unprepared!

Below is the complete check-list of what I will be bringing with me to the hospital. I have this saved in my notes on my iPhone and enable the check-list filter so that I can easily mark off what I have ready. Save this for reference so that any expecting or planning mama's can use it as well :)

Postpartum Essentials

the honey pot postpartum pads (x2)
always discreet postpartum diapers
pure aloe vera gel
tucks cooling pads
earth mama perineal balm
earth mama nipple butter
frida mom angled peri bottle
maternity nursing bras
washable nursing pads
silicone breast pump
breast cooling gel packs
postpartum girdle

Hospital Bag Essentials

mom & dad

face masks/hand sanitizer
postpartum bag
diabetes bag
comfy clothes for ant
going home clothes
nursing gowns/shirt dresses
pajama sets (2 sets each)
maternity nursing bras
maternity leggings
maternity undies/boxers
shower sandals x2
bath towels x2
long phone chargers x2
slippers x2
water tumblrs
socks/compression socks
toiletries x2
 - shampoo/conditioner
 - face wash
 - body wash
 - loofah
 - chapstick
 - deodorant
 - minimal makeup
 - mirror
 - moisturizer/body lotion
 - hairbrush/scrunches
 - toothbrush/toothpaste
 - floss
 - mouthwash
 - wet wipes
 - dry shampoo
 - prenatal vitamins/other vitamins
 - wash cloths
 - hair pomade
 - snacks
 - cash for more snacks
 - gum/mints
 - insurance card/ID
 - purse/wallets
 - glasses
 - speaker
 - airpods
 - blanket
 - pillow
 - air mattress

baby essentials

car seat
car seat cover
diaper bag
diaper cream (just in case)
baby powder (just in case)
baby wipes
newborn diapers
wash cloths
bottle x2
going home outfit x2 (preemie & newborn outfits)
nursing pillow
welcome sign
newborn sleepers
pacifiers x2 w/ clip
toiletries (place in the diaper bag)
 - shampoo/conditioner
 - bodywash
 - baby lotion


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