Packing for surgery, Dr Scott Whiting

Your ultimate packing for surgery checklist

Packing for surgery is an important step in ensuring your hospital stay is as comfortable as possible. Using a checklist is a great way to ensure you don’t miss those must-not-forget items.

Our checklist covers the items you may have remembered (and a few you may have forgotten) to ensure you have the most comfortable stay in hospital post bariatric surgery.


The must-not-forget items

These items are non-negotiable when you’re packing for surgery. Included are the basic items you need to ensure our team and other hospital staff can confirm your identity. It also includes items that you may need to assist you throughout your stay.

  • Any required consent forms, filled out and signed
  • Form of identification
  • Medicare card
  • Health fund card or details
  • EFTPOS card or cash
  • Any current medications (in original packaging)
  • Any relevant doctor’s paperwork, x-rays, and scans
  • Mobile phone or tablet
  • Phone or tablet charger with a long charging cord
  • Water bottle
  • Glasses
  • Hearing aid
  • Walking stick or walking aids
  • Ear plugs


Personal items

Personal items are those which you may not necessarily need to bring but will make your stay in hospital a little more comfortable. We recommend using a small bag that can be secured (such as a duffle bag with a zip) to store your belongings safely.

  • Loose pyjamas and dressing gown
  • Underwear and socks
  • Slippers
  • Pillow
  • Thongs for the shower
  • Eye mask
  • Double walled travel mug/cup


  • Lip balm
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturiser
  • Hand cream
  • Sanitary items (pads, tampons)


  • Headphones
  • Books and magazines
  • Crosswords and sudoku
  • Knitting


Do you need further assistance packing for surgery?

While this packing for surgery list should set you up for a successful short-term hospital stay, you may need to bring other items that aren’t listed.

If you are unsure if you have everything you need, please reach out to our team. We are here to support and assist you to make sure you have a successful and pleasant post-bariatric surgery hospital stay.

Date: 28 August 2024
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue: Mater Conference Centre

Are you considering weightloss surgery?

If your BMI is between 30-35 without obesity-related health conditions, Dr Whiting will carefully determine your eligibility for surgical weight-loss interventions.

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