By now, everyone should have an emergency grab-and-go bag (or box). If not, see here
I've worked up one for emergency hospital stays. I've had too many over the past year, and too often I'd show up holding nothing or holding stuff that would need to be confiscated for "safety." So here's my current bag:A book I've been meaning to read
A book of poetry I love
A blank book. Mine currently is spiral bound. I need a new one.
Pens. Bring several, including felt tip, in case any are confiscated. Bring Crayons, even.
Magazines, for reading or trading and sharing good will.
Stuffed animal, for hugging.
Soda (if you're a junkie like me) in plastic bottles. No caffeine.
List of phone numbers of friends, family, doctors, etc.
Set of cards and addressed, stamped, envelopes to write to friends and family when the phones are off limits
Phone card or credit card that allows calls to be charged
Rubber band (I have long hair)
Ear plugs and face mask, if you need them to sleep