What to Pack For Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jan 17, 2020 9:35:47 AM

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As a heart surgery patient, you have a lot to think about, so don't let a packing list be something that stresses you out. Instead, use this handy checklist to get ready well ahead of time and feel comfortable, calm, and prepared on the way to the hospital.

What You Need to Pack

Preparing for heart surgery is a journey with multiple steps. Naturally, packing for the hospital should be the quickest and easiest of those steps--but that's easier said than done.

To help you feel more confident about what to pack and what not to pack for your hospital stay, we've compiled this organized checklist. Feel free to change things up depending on what will make you most comfortable, and remember to ask your doctor for any special instructions.


Remember to consider your unique situation when choosing your hospital wardrobe. You'll want both nightwear and daytime outfits, but always prioritize comfort and maneuverability. Also, consider any catheters or drains you may have after surgery.


Important phone numbers, medical records, photo ID, documents your doctor requested: make sure you have all the right information organized and packed.


Razors, feminine hygiene products, tissues, soap, shampoo, a toothbrush, and toothpaste--these things are easy to forget but important to have.

Comfort Items

Consider bringing a few books, photos, or other small personal items and a small amount of money for buying magazines or newspapers. Additionally, you may want to consider an eye-mask and earplugs to make your nights more comfortable.

What not to pack

You don't have to bring everything, though. Here are some items that are best left at home:

  • cell phones
  • jewelry or valuables
  • tobacco products
  • credit cards

Are you looking for more tips on preparing for heart surgery? We're here to help. Contact us today!

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