It is difficult to plan for emergencies. After all, they wouldn’t be emergencies if we knew when they are likely to occur. Heading to the hospital is stressful enough, without having to worry about if you have packed your essentials. To help you out, we suggest that you have a “Go Bag” to have ready to go to reduce your stress and the stress of your loved ones.

Suggested Items for your "Go Bag":

  • Phone charge cord and plug. Investing in a spare cord and plug that remains in your bag is a wise investment.
  • List of your current medications. Each time you see your doctor and your prescription changes, make a note of updating your list and placing it in your “Go Bag”.
  • Pyjamas or nighties. Having fresh night wear already laundered and packed will save both you and your loved one’s time.
  • Spare underwear. Having dedicated “hospital underwear” may seem silly, but do you want to waste precious time hunting through your draws finding them to pack?
  • A pen and notebook – to keep track of information, after all, you don’t want to forget the doctor’s instructions.
  • Paperwork – a copy of your private health insurance (if you have this), copies of your concession cards and GP details.
  • Clothes for day wear – ensure that you have a change of clothes for the day. Opt for sensible, comfortable clothes rather than fashionable clothes. Clothes that are comfortable to get in and out of.
  • A couple of plastic bags – these can be used to separate your clean clothes from your worn clothes.
  • Comfortable slippers that are non-skid. There is nothing worse that slipping on the cold floors of the hospital ward.
  • Personal toiletry items – for a small initial outlay, you can purchase a spare toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, hand/body lotion, razor, and shaving cream to keep in your bag. Again, there often is little time to round these items up in a rush.
  • If you have issues with sleeping in a room that is light or noisy, invest in an eye mask and earplugs.

Remember, these are the essentials to get you started. If there are additional items that you need once you arrive, these can be organised with little effort.

For more handy hints, be sure to head to our Blog page at Senior Helpers Tasmania.