If you read this post, you will know that I had an unexpected visit to hospital in December.
Unlike other hospital visits I have had, this one was an emergency and I only had enough time to grab what I needed within 5 minutes.
So what did I pack?
I had made an effort to put on makeup to attend my Dr’s visit (even though I felt absolutely dreadful) so I needed something to remove my makeup quickly and gently. My face was so sore that using the Clarisonic was too painful (and still is), so I grabbed my Crop skincare Double Sided facial wipes as they exfoliate as well as soothe the skin. These were the perfect addition to my bag as they were so easy to use and were completely fuss free.
The climate in a hospital can be very drying and going under an anaesthetic can wreck havoc on your skin, nails and hair. I packed my favourite Puretopia Refresh & Balance facial mist to use as my toner and to also spritz on my face when I felt I need extra hydration.
As my face was extremely sensitive, I decided to only pack a light day moisturiser that could also be used in the evening. The Dr LeWinns Line Smoothing Complex hydrating day cream reviewed here feels beautiful on the skin, absorbs quickly and doesn’t contain sunscreen (which was definitely not needed in hospital).
I use serum twice a day and I have gone back to my beloved Clarins Double Serum for the last month or so. My skin always looks really fresh and refined so it is one that I keep returning to. It featured in my May Favourites here.
Not a day goes by where I don’t use eyecream both day and night. I grabbed my Kosmea Apple of my eye eyecream as it is easy to apply and nourishes the area really well.
Even though I couldn’t feel half of my face (due to nerve damage) my lips were very dry and sore so I wanted a gentle lipbalm that could be applied regularly. I am particularly in love with the Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip balm with pomegranate and will definitely be repurchasing when it runs out as it is a perfect all round lipbalm for use both day and night.
Although I don’t need handcream during the day normally, the airconditioning and anaesthetic made my hands very dry. I packed my gorgeous Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose ultra-moisturising hand therapy for a little bit of luxury.
Plus I couldn’t leave home without:
Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and hairbrush
Obviously these go without saying although I didn’t have the energy to brush my hair on the first day! If I had oily hair I would have packed dry shampoo as you often are too unwell to wash your hair for the first few days.
I also grabbed my pillow (which has my all time favourite SLIP silk pillowcase on it), my bra without underwire (a new acquisition that I do not know how I lived without) and a change of clothes that would have easy access to my IV drip.
It was really advantageous that a few days prior to my admission I had read Jenni from Styling Curvy’s guestpost on Wendy Mak’s page about her hospital visit. She suggested wearing a kimono style top so that your drains, drips etc were easy to get to and that was really solid advice. I encourage you to read her post here about her cancer journey as she really is a gorgeous girl inside and out and has a wonderful blog.
I sincerely hope that none of you need this list in the near future, but hope that if you do need to head into hospital that it helps you in some small way.
Thank you to all of you who have contacted me to send your best wishes. It really does mean a lot to me
What would you grab in a rush? Have I missed anything?