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30 Items to Pack for a Hospital Stay After Joint Replacement Surgery

Having joint replacement surgery and not sure where to begin packing for an overnight hospital stay? Check out our list of 30 items to consider bringing along.

The tendency to over pack for a hospital stay comes natural. We don’t know exactly what we’ll need and don’t want to find ourselves without something we want. If you’re planning for a hospital stay, talk to your doctor about items they recommend, given your specific procedure and condition. Here are a few other items to consider bringing along.

Basic toiletries:

Tip: to take up less space in your bag, pack travel size items

1. Shampoo
2. Conditioner
3. Soap/body wash/face wash
4. Toothpaste
5. Tooth brush
6. Deodorant
7. Lotion
8. Chapstick/lip balm
9. Eye drops
10. Glasses/contacts with solution
11. Hairbrush
12. Hair products like gel
13. If you have long hair, rubber bands and/or bobby pins


14. Pajamas
15. Comfortable shirts and pants
16. Underwear
17. Socks (nonslip)
18. Slippers (nonslip)
19.  Shower shoes
20. Clothes to wear home
21. Something that smells like your spouse or loved one

6 Different Items to Pack for an Overnight Hospital Stay


22. Phone
23. iPad
24. Phone/iPad chargers
25. Extra phone battery
26. Entertainment, games, activities
27. Medication list
28. Book/magazine
29. Journal
30. A favorite pillow or blanket 

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