do hospitals provide soap and shampoo

Do Hospitals Provide Soap And Shampoo?

Do hospitals provide soap and shampoo? Most of the time, yes. Many hospitals will provide soap and shampoo if patients do not bring their own. Other toiletries like a toothbrush, toothpaste, and lotion will also be provided.

Whether you’re planning for a hospital stay or visiting a loved one, look no further. This article will tell you what to bring for an extended trip to the hospital. We’ll cover toiletries and what one should generally bring in a hospital bag. Without further ado, let’s get reading! 

Does The Hospital Provide Toiletries?

Yes, most hospitals provide toiletries to patients that do not have any. However, they do encourage you to bring your own items. Patients are encouraged to bring their own socks, slippers, and robes along with their preference of soap, shampoo, and lotion. 

Hospitals will only ever provide the most basic of toiletry necessities. These products—especially shampoo, conditioner, and lotion—will only be offered in travel sizes. Overall, hospitals don’t keep full-sized toiletries in stock since the average hospital stay is only 5½ days.

If you expect to stay more than two days in the hospital, we recommend you bring your own toiletries. That is, if possible. Not everyone has access to these items, which is another reason hospitals provide them. Luckily, most hospitals have toiletries available right off the bat.

Do I Need Shampoo In My Hospital Bag?

No, you do not need shampoo in your hospital bag. That being said, we certainly recommend packing some. Bringing a familiar product, like a favorite shampoo, can help ease the strain of an unfamiliar setting. Pair that with a well-loved pair of slippers and your coziest sweater and a hospital stay won’t seem so bad.

For especially long hospital stays, it is easy to become homesick. After surgery, birth, or an emergency stay, one can expect to be in the hospital for several days. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort during this time. In a hospital bag, make sure to bring the following:

  • Charger(s)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sandals
  • Socks
  • Robe
  • Pajamas
  • Sweater/jacket/hoodie

Now, things are a little different for to-be parents packing a hospital bag. Bring items for the other parent, especially if they are planning on staying in the hospital with you. Most importantly, you need to bring items for the new baby. Diapers, wipes, blankets, socks, gloves—you name it! 

In case you’re wondering, yes, clothes are fine to bring for the little one. Just know that they shouldn’t wear anything tight-fitting in case it pulls at the umbilical cord stump.

Loose onesies or two-piece outfits are recommended. We know how adorable those itty-bitty newborn clothes are, but for the baby’s health, avoid clothes that could bring discomfort.

Furthermore, please note that your partner, or whoever will stay with you during your hospital stay, is not a patient. They will not be able to shower, therefore foregoing soap, shampoo, and a towel are fine. However, they may want to pack a pillow and blankets instead.

Does The Hospital Provide Bath Towels?

Yes, a hospital provides bath towels. These towels are usually small and scratchy, so it may be best to bring your own from home. Nothing feels better after a shower than bundling up in a big towel or a comfortable robe. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting either.

While we’re at it, bring some flip-flops for after the shower! Hospital showers tend to be on the cold tile, so you’ll be saving your feet from discomfort. Not to mention, it’d be more hygienic. Sort of like how there’s an unspoken rule that you should always wear slippers or flip-flops in a hotel room.

What Should I Bring To Hospital Admission?

There are numerous items you should bring when you are admitted to the hospital. In the instance that you forget an item or two, an approved visitor can bring it. Approved visitors can be close relatives and friends. They can only visit during visiting hours, which vary by hospital.

Hospitals can have visiting hours starting as early as 8 AM and lasting as late as 8 PM. Visitation policies have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, so always check in with hospital staff for relevant hours.

Also, check if the hospital has a limit to daily visitors, which the pandemic may have affected. If only one or two people can see you a day, you’d want to make those visits count. 

Hospital admission usually requires you to have your insurance card (if available) and a valid I.D. for check-in. You may also need to provide a list of medications you are currently taking. Otherwise, bring toiletries and other items to make yourself more comfortable for your stay.   

Final Thoughts: Do Hospitals Provide Soap And Shampoo?

All things considered, hospitals do provide soap and shampoo for patients. These items are given out in small, 3.4 oz bottles for those admitted. Hospitals also provide towels, gripped socks, pillows, and sheets for most patients.

However, one may find that they prefer their own items to those of a hospital. It is also a great comfort to be surrounded by familiar sights and smells. After all, nothing compares to your favorite lotion or your favorite robe.

These from-home articles, and others, can be brought to the hospital upon admission. If they are forgotten, an approved visitor can bring them to you. Bringing your own soap and shampoo will make you feel more comfortable during your hospital stay.

Also consider bringing your own slippers, clothes, and blankets if your stay will be extensive. We understand that being away from home in such an unfamiliar environment can be stressful.

That is why we recommend that you bring your own items instead of using those provided by the hospital. Being comfortable and, more importantly, less stressed can help one heal faster. If you enjoyed reading this article, check out the next article in the series: “Is Purple Shampoo Bad For Your Hair?