What to pack in your hospital bag

Once you are listed for transplant, you should have a bag packed and ready to go at a moment's notice

What do I need to pack in my hospital bag?

You will usually be told to only take one bag with you when you get your call, containing only the essentials.

The following suggestions are from people on our Facebook group who have had a transplant:


  • toothbrush
  • face wipes
  • lip balm (lips can become very dry post-op)
  • moisturiser for dry skin
  • deodorant
  • hairbrush
  • hair bands
  • perfume or body spray
  • dry shampoo (in case you can’t shower for a few days)


  • spare pyjamas and underwear as you may get leaks from where the drains are fitted
  • comfy socks
  • flip flops or slippers
  • lightweight dressing gown for when you’re more mobile
  • loose-fitting, comfortable clothes for when you feel like getting dressed


  • snacks
  • straw for drinking
  • natural remedies to help relieve constipation e.g. peppermint tea bags and prunes (but check with your medical team before you take anything)
  • books, colouring, mp3 player, tablet to watch things on, puzzle book, pen and paper
  • photos of loved ones (especially if they may not be able to visit you when recovering)
  • something to make you smile
  • mobile phone/other chargers – with a long lead as sockets are often far from the bed
  • loose change in case the shop trolley comes by or you go out to the hospital shop or café

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