What to Bring for Your Hospital Stay

Whether you’re with us for an emergency or a planned visit such as surgery, it’s our priority to help you keep your personal belongings secure when you are admitted to NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital or Hospital for Joint Diseases. We recommend that you leave as many of your valuables at home as possible, or ask a family member or friend to take them home for you.

Below are recommendations for what to bring for your stay at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital or Hospital for Joint Diseases, including information for maternity patients. For pediatric patients and their families, information is available on what to bring for your child’s stay at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

What to Bring to the Hospital

When packing your bag, only bring the necessities. This includes:

  • government-issued photo ID
  • insurance card
  • a method of payment to satisfy any deductible or copayment, as well as other fees incurred, such as phone service in your room
  • prescription plan benefit card, if you have one
  • list of your current medications and their dosages 
  • a copy of your advance directive if you have one
  • eyeglasses, dentures, and hearing aids

For Patients at Hospital for Joint Diseases

Because of the nature of the procedures performed at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, our nursing staff recommends bringing the following: 

  • loose-fitting, elastic-waist clothing to wear home
  • sneakers that are easy to slip on and off in case you experience any swelling after surgery

For Maternity Patients

For women coming to Tisch Hospital to give birth, we suggest that you travel lightly. Much of what you need—such as a personal massager, feminine products, baby products, prescription medications, and over-the-counter medications—is provided by your care team. Ideally, everything would fit in a standard-size carry-on luggage bag.

Items we recommend you have with you for delivery include:

  • your NYU Langone My Personal Birth Experience form
  • lip balm to ease lip dryness during delivery
  • comfort items such as music (docking stations are available for iPhones and similar devices)

During your hospital stay, you might want to have:

  • your own pillow
  • toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and body lotion (if you do not bring these items, they are provided for you)
  • comfortable shoes that are easy to put on, as your feet might swell during and after labor
  • nursing bras and a nursing pillow, if you plan to breastfeed

If your partner is staying at the hospital with you, he or she should bring comfortable footwear, sleepwear, fresh socks, a change of clothing, and toiletries.

We provide everything your baby needs during his or her first days, including clothing, blankets, diapers, and formula, if needed. All you need for your baby is a going-home outfit and either a carseat if you are leaving by car or an infant carrier, such as a stroller. 

What to Leave at Home

The hospital supplies many of the items you need during your stay, so there are certain items that we recommend you leave at home. They include the following:

  • medications, which are provided by the hospital pharmacy during your stay
  • CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, but bring your masks as we can adapt them to fit our machines
  • large electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets, and portable video players 
  • large amounts of cash and jewelry, including wedding rings
  • nicotine replacement products

NYU Langone Medical Center campuses, buildings, and exterior spaces are tobacco-free, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and all other smoking devices. Smoking or the use of smoking devices is not permitted anywhere at NYU Langone, including your room.

Walkers and Canes

Unless absolutely needed, the nursing staff at Tisch Hospital recommends leaving walkers, canes, and other assistive devices at home. 

However, you are encouraged to bring crutches, canes, walkers, and braces to the Hospital for Joint Diseases. 

Keeping Your Belongings Secure

While at NYU Langone, you are provided with a container labeled with your name to store your dentures, if needed. We encourage you to keep eyeglasses and hearing aids in a case with your name on it as well. Put these containers in the top drawer of your bedside table rather than on your bed or over-the-bed table where they can get lost. Let your nurse or patient care technician know if you need help storing and securing your personal belongings. 

Because you may need to leave your room for tests or treatments, please make sure your property is always secure. If you are getting ready to move to a new room, be sure that you have all your valuables, clothing, and any other items you brought with you. Ask a nurse if you have all the property that was stored for you. 

At Tisch Hospital

If no one can take your property home, the cashier’s office at Tisch Hospital has a safe to secure money and other valuables. Ask your nurse for assistance in depositing valuables in the safe. You, or a person whom you appoint in writing, must claim your property within 60 days after discharge. 

For additional information regarding how to secure your belongings during your stay at Tisch Hospital, call the cashier at 212-263-5098 or security at 212-263-5038.

At Hospital for Joint Diseases

At the Hospital for Joint Diseases, each room has a small personal safe you may use. If you are alone when you are admitted, you can request a valuables envelope that can be stored in the hospital safe until later.

For additional information regarding how to secure your belongings during your stay at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, please call the security office at 212-598-6202.