Keeping an accurate record of your medications is critical to your treatment. Bring an up-to-date list of all medications and allergies to each visit. If you do not have an up-to-date medication list, bring your medications in the original pharmacy bottles. If you are given a new medication while in the hospital, make sure you understand what the medication is, why you are taking it, when you should take it and any side effects to watch for. The nurse will be happy to give you this information.


Pack light for an inpatient (overnight) hospital stay. In most cases, patients are only required to bring a photo ID and copy of their insurance card to the hospital upon admission.

In addition, you may wish to bring a small overnight bag including a change of clothing for when you leave the hospital. RCH will provide each patient with a hospital gown. You may wear your own sleepwear instead of a hospital gown in most cases, but we ask all patients to wear a hospital gown for all tests, examinations and procedures.

Other items you may need include:

  • A list of your current medications
  • Names and contact information for next of kin, family and friends
  • Advance directives
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Brush or comb
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Underwear and socks
  • Personal toiletries
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses with case


Please do not bring any personal belongings or valuable items to the hospital that are not essential to daily living (such as photographs, memorabilia, large sums of cash, credit cards or jewelry). RCH cannot be responsible for their safekeeping.