The ultimate hospital bag checklist

You are getting closer and closer to your due date so it might be a good time to pack your hospital bag. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas from some veteran moms on the absolute ‘must-have’ items for you, your little one and your partner. 

Your hospital bag


  • ID/Wallet
  • Birth plan & maternity notes (few copies)


  • Nursing bras or tanks
  • Stretchy joggers and/or leggings
  • A dressing gown, warm socks and slippers
  • Maternity pads and disposable underwear
  • Breast pads – you’ll need them even if you don’t plan to breastfeed, as your breasts will still produce mil after birth
  • PJs and an oversized t-shirt/jumper – ideally front-opening for when breastfeeding
  • Outfit to travel home (jacket)


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Regular and dry shampoo
  • Glasses if you wear them
  • Hairbrush and clips
  • Face-wash/wipes
  • Nipple cream
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm


  • Pillows
  • Extra towels
  • Books/magazines
  • High energy snacks
  • Eye mask and earplugs
  • Hot water bottle and a reusable water bottle
  • Extra-long mobile phone charging cable and/or portable charger


Your baby’s hospital bag

  • Paediatrician’s contact details – the doctors and nurses will ask for this information so it’s good to have it handy (make sure you have the paediatrician’s office number and email so the hospital can forward your baby’s medical records easily).
  • Car Seat – most hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one. In the weeks leading up to the birth, it will be a good idea to buy one and practise fitting it in your car (if you have a car). You can read our ‘guide to buying the right car seat’ blog here.
  • 2/3 sleep-suits or all-in-ones
  • Feeding bottles (if using one)
  • Warm hat
  • A couple of bibs
  • Face cloth/spray
  • Warm blanket
  • Disposable nappies (approximately 12 per day, better to have more than run out)
  • Nappy cream
  • Toiletries including scent-free baby shampoo and shower gel
  • Cotton wool or fragrance-free baby wipes
  • Extra towel
  • Going home outfit

Your birth partner’s hospital bag

  • A fully charged phone (camera)
  • A list of all numbers you will need
  • Something to read or listen to
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Water spray or a hand-held fan to cool you down while you’re in labour
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Change of clothes
  • Bendy straws to help you have a drink during labour
  • A lightweight sleeping bag and pillow