Packing for Your Child

Make your child feel more at home, with a few favorites from your home. A favorite picture or CD can be a reassuring presence. Remember to label any items you bring from home.

  • A favorite toy, book or game
  • A favorite blanket or pillow
  • A favorite photograph
  • Comb, brush, toothbrush, toothpaste and shampoo
  • Pajamas or nightgown, robe, slippers and socks
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes to wear home
  • Any special items your child uses (glasses, splints, retainers, etc.)
  • School books and assignments
  • List of child’s medications (including dosage) and pharmacy telephone numbers
  • List of any allergies to food and medicine
  • Any hospital records you have
  • Primary care doctor’s address and telephone number

Packing for the Parent

While you’re packing, you need some important things, too. Invite your child to help you pack so they’ll know that you’re going to be there with them.

  • Any medications you take
  • List of important telephone numbers
  • Money for dining room
  • Change for vending machines
  • Notepad and pen
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Personal-care items like shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste and brush
  • Small projects or books for quiet times

Don’t forget to bring your child’s Social Security card, health insurance information or Medicaid card and child’s medical history. If you have health insurance, talk to the insurance company about your child’s procedure and any required authorizations before going to the hospital.