Nope! Not a TMI post, which I know you were all hoping for. In this case, the “H” is for HOSPITAL!
I’m an over-packer. There. I admitted it!
When I went on my amazing trip to Iceland, I was actually able to reel it in and not bring too much. Mostly, I was sure that we wouldn’t need a lot of “nice” clothes because we’d be too cold and everything would be covered with my coat and snow pants. That, and I forgot half of my pants because I was rushing and nervous for my first ever trip out of North America! We used one suitcase for coats and boots, the other had our clothes and my hair/makeup/toiletries. We left some space for souvenirs as well.
When I go to visit my BFF in Ottawa (I live near Toronto, which is only about 4 hours away), I bring the same size suitcase as I used for Iceland. If we go for 3 days, I bring 5 outfits, 2 pyjama options, and extra sweaters, underwear, and socks. I have to bring my straightener, even though I usually don’t end up using it. I bring a ton of makeup and nail polish as well. My BFF and I are very girly, so these are essential for any trip to see her. Additionally, my pillow usually gets packed as well, and I have at least two pairs of different shoes in the truck of the car.
Here’s my dilemma. I have NO CLUE what to pack in my hospital bag(s). My husband is insisting that we need at least two go-bags, but this puts me in a tough spot. It means I’ll need to double up on everything. We’ve decided that we need two bags: a small one for paper work, medical info, medications, essentials, and then the second larger bag with clothes, diapers, and whatnot. My problem is that I don’t know how to plan how much to bring…. I mean, I could be there for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. There’s just no way to know! And yes, I could go home and get things as needed (or send Cody), but we live an hour away, so leaving won’t be our first choice.
So how does an obsessive, over-packing control freak plan this out?
We are going to use these lists:
- Twin Pregnancy (cause there’s sure to be something that need to be doubled)
(I skimmed these lists very quickly, and I feel like they’re missing things. Good thing I also have 500 pregnancy books to look in as well!)
We are going to cross reference them and pull out the things we don’t think are necessary (A water mister? Really? That will just piss me off, I can guarantee it). We will then think about the things I need on a daily basis for my own comfort (FANS. I need moving air and if it’s hot in the room, I’ll lose it!). Finally, we’ll consider the essentials for both babies, mama, and Dad (the first list doesn’t say anything about bringing your breast pump!).
And then we’ll ask the doctor. Or whoever gives us our hospital tour.
Is there anything you think is absolutely necessary? Was there something you brought that you didn’t need?
PS – I will try to remember to post what we pack, if anyone is interested