A: I usually recommend that my patients pack a bag around 34 to 35 weeks, just in case their little bundle comes a bit earlier than expected. And keep it light! Most people pack as if they are going off to summer camp for a month, but there isn't really that much to bring. Here's a list to help you get started and to keep you organized. Have your partner back his or her own bag also.
Hospital Bag Packing List
Also, have a bottle or two of Advil or Motrin at home, as well as large maxi pads. You will likely need these two things and it’s easier to have them on hand after you go home from the hospital or birthing center. Plus, make sure to install a baby seat in your car properly before labor. The hospital will only release the baby home in a vehicle that has an infant car seat installed correctly.