What to Bring

In addition to helping your child prepare for a stay, don’t forget about your needs too. Bring items to make yourself more comfortable and any personal items you may need. The following checklist will help you get ready for staying overnight at Children’s National. What to bring with you:

Paperwork and Documents  

  • Picture identification card (for parents and patients over 18)
  • Insurance card and social security number for the patient
  • Name, address, and phone number of your child’s referring physician 
  • Statement of non-availability, if covered by TriCare
  • Referral/authorization, if covered by an HMO
  • Proof of guardianship (foster parent papers, court orders) if you are not the parents of the patient
  • The Consent to Surgery form if your child is having a surgical procedure (your child’s surgeon will provide this to you) 

For Parents and Guardians 

  • Books and magazines, knitting materials, or your laptop computer. Free wireless internet service is available for all guests 
  • Toiletries for yourself, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • A change of clothing, (particularly a sweater or jacket for cooler temperatures)

For Patients 

  • A comfortable change of clothes
  • Containers for glasses, contact lenses, or any assistive devices such as hearing aids
  • Your child’s favorite toy, blanket, or comfort item
  • Special bottle, pacifier, or sippy cup

Do Not Bring to the Hospital 

  • Electrical equipment, such as hair dryers or radios
  • Nail polish or nail polish remover 
  • Valuables, such as jewelry 
  • Latex balloons. Mylar balloons are okay 

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