What to Pack: Hospital Bag Essentials for Dad

We shared a list of hospital bag essentials last month and with Father's Day coming up this weekend, we wanted to take some time to focus on what the dad-to-be should pack for his stay, as well!

While many of the items on our previous list will apply to Dad, there are a few must-haves that we thought were worth highlighting.

Every dad is different, of course, and your hospital bag needs may vary based on if you're staying overnight in the hospital after delivery or going home to take care of older siblings, but we hope this list will help get you started!

Important Documents

Make sure you have your ID handy, your insurance card, and any other important documents you may need, such as a back-up copy of your birth plan, if you have one. It might be helpful for you to take ownership of Mom's documents and any pre-registration forms for the hospital, as well, since there's no telling what state Mom may be in when you arrive at the hospital.

Memory Making Supplies

Oftentimes, one of your biggest roles during delivery and the moments after is capturing those first precious moments of your baby's life. Make sure you have everything stocked in your hospital bag so you're good to go when the big moment arrives—from chargers to cameras to a device equip to live-stream anxious grandparents.

Sleepover Gear

We know that dads can be minimalists when it comes to packing, but take it from us, this is not the time to skimp on what you need for an overnight stay. Sleeping at a hospital is never fun, but bringing a few favorites from home will help you get through the night a little easier. Don't hesitate to bring your own blanket and pillow from home, as well as a pair of comfy clothes that you can slip into to catch some zzz's.

Snacks, Snacks, Snacks

Hospital food has certainly come a long way, but even the best hospital cafeteria menus leave a lot to be desired... especially when you're exhausted, anxious and likely haven't eaten much in the midst of labor and delivery. Pack all your favorite snacks and plenty of them to get you through your time at the hospital. (And, if visitors offer to bring you food, say yes!) Remember to throw a refillable water bottle in your bag, as well! 

Happy packing!