What to pack for your hospital stay

What to pack for a hip replacement

As you prepare for your upcoming hip or knee replacement surgery, ensuring you have everything you need for your hospital stay can alleviate any stress and promote a smoother recovery journey. From comfortable clothing to personal care items, packing the right essentials can make a significant difference in your comfort and convenience during your hospital stay.

In this guide, we’ll share the must-have items to include in your hospital bag, tailored specifically for patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery. Drawing from the expertise of our team and the experiences of our patients, we’ve curated a checklist that covers all the bases, leaving you well-prepared for your time in hospital.

Essential hospital bag checklist

Comfortable clothing

Pack loose-fitting, comfortable clothing such as pyjamas, leisure wear and t-shirts. You may have limited mobility post-surgery, so choose items that are easy to put on and take off.

Slip-on shoes

Bring a pair of slip-on shoes or slippers with non-slip soles for walking around the hospital ward. Avoid shoes with laces, as bending down to tie them may be difficult immediately after surgery.

Personal hygiene items

Include toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap and deodorant to maintain personal hygiene during your hospital stay.


Bring any prescription medications you’re currently taking, along with a list detailing dosage instructions. This ensures continuity of care and helps our staff manage your medication regimen effectively.

Comfort aids

Consider bringing a neck pillow or cushion to support your head or elevate your legs. These can help you find a comfortable position for resting and sleeping.


Pack items to keep yourself entertained during downtime, such as books, magazines, a tablet or a smartphone (and chargers) – Goring Hall Hospital has free Wi-Fi for all patients.

Snacks and drinks

Have some snacks and drinks on hand to satisfy hunger or thirst between meals. Opt for light, easily digestible options such as crackers, fruit, nuts or energy bars.

Assistive devices

If you use any assistive devices such as a cane, walker or wheelchair, ensure they’re easily accessible for use both during your hospital stay and upon discharge.

Eye mask and earplugs

You might find the hospital environment brighter and noisier than you’re used to at home. An eye mask and earplugs can help you to get some much-needed rest.

Notebook and pen

Keep a notebook and pen handy to jot down any questions, concerns or instructions from our team during your hospital stay.

By packing these essential items, you’ll be better equipped to navigate your hospital stay with comfort and ease as you undergo hip or knee replacement surgery.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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