Tips to Prevent Getting an Infectious Disease While on Vacation

Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.

Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases…


Being that this is my 3rd time packing for a 3 night, 4 day stay in the hospital (I have C-Sections), I feel well prepared for what’s to come and know just what I need for our time there!  I wouldn’t say that I over-pack but I definitely like having my stuff with me so I don’t take advantage of a few items that they provide (such as feminine pads and pillows)- I prefer to bring my own.  These are my hospital bag must-haves, tips and suggestions!


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Pillow (not pictured)-  I sleep better with my pillow.  Period.  It may be bulky but it is totally worth bringing; especially for C-Section mamas who are there for more than 1 night!

Toiletry Bag:  In my toiletry bag, you will find- Toothbrush, toothpaste, Q-Tips, face-wash, cream, body & face soap, eye makeup remover, chap-stick, shampoo/conditioner, hairspray, hair ties, nursing pads (Lansinoh is my fav), feminine pads, deodorant, perfume.

Pajamas- Loose pajamas are a must-have and if you plan to nurse, pajamas that have easy access is even better!

Robe-  Nice to have for the early morning and late evenings when visitors aren’t around and you’re just lounging in your room with your new baby!

Clothes-  (Orange Sweatsuit & Yoga Pants & T-Shirt) Bring clothes that won’t make you feel gross about your belly.  You will most likely look around 5 months pregnant after delivery so wraps, cardigans & loose fitting button downs are always nice to have.

Socks- Whatever time of year it is, you’ll want to pack comfy socks; whatever ‘comfy’ is to you.  I like tight, ankle socks and packed 4 pair.

Nursing Bras/Nursing Sport Bras- If you plan to nurse, having a nursing bra with you is good to have.

Full Bum Underwear- Hey thong mamas ; )  It won’t happen.  Buy some cotton full bum underwear.  End of discussion.

Note-Pad & Pen-  You will need this next to your bed for little notes, reminders, info, etc.  Even to use as a temporary journal for yourself!

Your Favorite Snack- Though you won’t be able to eat during labor or for some time after a C-Section, you’ll find yourself wanting your favorite snack when the time comes to eat!  For me, I wanted a pack of Lance Toasty Peanut Butter Crackers and packed a box for our stay!

Make-Up Bag- Yes, I’m one of ‘those moms’ that has to have my make-up bag with me.  I’m there for 3 nights, 4 days and a little make-up goes a long way in how I feel so I definitely suggest to other moms that they bring it along!

Flip-Flops- While some say to pack slippers, I say pack flip-flops!  For my first delivery, I brought slippers and ended up throwing them away when I got home because of how dirty and germy they felt from walking around in the hospital in them for 4 days.  For my 2nd birth (& this one), I packed flip-flops.  Not only did I wear them in the shower but I wore them around the room as well when I wasn’t in bed.

Chap-Stick (in little polka dot bag)- Hospitals are dry.  Chapped and cracked lips are no fun!  Bring a handful of your favorite chap-sticks; my fav is softlips!


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2-3 Swaddle Blankets- aden + anais are my favorite

Boppy Pillow- Even though I won’t be using this around my belly (to nurse) after having a C-Section, many moms love having it with them to assist with nursing.  I remember Roman laying on it when I got to the recovery room and I was thankful to have it!

Nursing Cover- If you are like me, you may not want to uncover your breasts in front of men and women to nurse every 2-3 hours.  I imagine us having a lot of visitors so I’m bringing my nursing cover that I have from the boys.

Diaper Clutch- You won’t need diapers and wipes in the hospital but its good to have a couple of diapers and wipes with you for the ride home!  If you forget, no worries; the hospital will be more than happy to supply you with some when you leave!

Going Home Outfit- 1 for boy, 1 for girl (Honestly… I packed a few more outfits since I’ll be in the hospital for 3/4 days) but if you are having a vaginal delivery, you really only need 1-2 outfits!  Something cozy for the first day and a going home outfit for the next.

Hat- 1 for boy, 1 for girl

Car-seat & Blanket (not pictured)- Make sure your car-seat is properly installed before bringing baby home and bring along a light or heavy blanket (depending on the weather) as babies are much more sensitive to the outside air no matter what time of year it is.


Cell Phone

iPad and/or Laptop


Video Camera (if your camera doesn’t take video)

Chargers: Cell Phone Charger, iPad and/or Laptop Charger, Camera Charger

Extra batteries (if your camera takes batteries)


Did I miss anything?  What else would you include/exclude?  I’d love for you to comment below!


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