Quick Tips and Tricks for Long Hospital Stays

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

My 15 year old nephew is currently in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. As you might imagine, we are all trying to find ways to help the family. Thanks to all our podcast guests, I was able to pull together this quick list of the best tips and tricks for long stays in the hospital. These have come from many different guests and there is a lot more where this came from.

If you would like to hear more, please listen to our podcast.

In the meantime, here is a quick list:

  1. Bring your own sheets, blankets and towels. Maybe two sets one for kiddo and one for you guys. Bring extra blankets, it gets cold.

  2. Bring clothes that you don’t ever want to see again. You will be living in these clothes and clothes hold memories.

  3. Phone Chargers

  4. Journal/notebook

  5. Check to see if your hospital has washing machines for patients and families.

  6. Bring a yoga mat, just in case you want to exercise. You want to avoid the floor as much as possible.

  7. Pack in clear plastic bins

  8. Bring a “talisman” or something that reminds kiddo (and you guys) of home.

  9. Bring food (if you can).

  10. Coloring books, Magazines, books, knitting – something for you guys to do.

  11. Headphones so you can sleep at night.

  12. Eye mask so you can sleep when you need

  13. Any medicines you might need

  14. For women, even if it is not close to your period, bring stuff anyway.