What to bring for your hospital stay

Please bring the following to the hospital.

this information in print form

a current list of your medicines (the My Medicine List)

a copy of your health care directive (if you have one)

driver's license or photo ID

your insurance information (insurance card, Medicare card, work compensation information or all three)

personal care items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, denture cleaner, comb, skin care products, deodorant, make-up and shaving kit

loose-fitting tops and bottoms (shorts with an elastic waistband, generous sweat pants). You will get dressed each morning in your own clothes.

clothing you will wear home, including loose-fitting pants, shirt, underwear and socks

flat shoes or athletic shoes (comfortable, supportive with nonslip soles)

glasses or contacts (if you wear them) and storage containers

hearing aides (if you wear them), storage container and extra batteries

CPAP machine (if you use one)

reading materials (All rooms have a television and phone.)

phone numbers of family and friends

rolling walker with front wheels (if you have one)
Your physical therapist can make adjustments to your walker for you. (Be sure to label it with your name.) If you do not have an assistive walking device, your physical therapist will help you get the medical equipment you need while in the hospital. See also the home and equipment worksheet.

blank check or credit card
Ask a member of your care circle to bring this to you if you need to purchase any equipment to take home.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Hip Replacement, fifth edition, ortho-ah-90139
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 05/26/2017


Please do not bring any of the following:

  • valuables
  • medicines (pills, inhalers)
  • large amounts of money
  • jewelry (leave your wedding ring at home)

Please have a member of your care circle:

  • bring your belongings into the hospital after your surgery is done and you have been assigned a room number
  • lay out the clothes you will wear the day after surgery