May. 19.

Lets Talk Blog Challenge: Survival Guide

ltbc-computerWelcome to week 4, and the second half of the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge, being organised by the super Sarah from At The Beauty Desk. This week we’re doing a survival guide. The tips and bits you need to survive a particular situation. The 4 situations we were given to choose from are: A First Date Survival Guide, A Wedding Day Survival Guide, A Night Out Survival Guide or A Festival Survival Guide.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about any of them. I’m single (no wedding day survival guide here), my last first date was 7 years ago, I’ve never been to a festival, and for a night out, get dressed up, have fun, watch out for each other. So, what to do here. Well, one thing I do have experience of, and I know it’s not on the list but bear with me, is hospitals. So, allow me to present to you, my Hospital Survival Guide.

Keeping clean:

Even with the best cleaning crew in the world, and I’ve seen some of them do amazing things, if you are in a multi bed room, with shared toilets and showers, keeping clean is going to be a little bit of an issue. I was fortunate enough to be in a single room with a private bathroom for most of my recent experiences, but there are still a couple of things I would highly recommend.


Wipes: No, not for taking your makeup off. These are going to be handy to have if you just want to freshen up without going through the whole process of finding an empty loo on the ward, trying to wash a little and finding yourself with someone banging on the door needing to urgently go. At least with these you can wipe hands, arms, face etc. and chuck them. It’s not a substitute for a proper wash, but at least during the day you can keep yourself a little fresher.


Sanitiser: Okay, speaking of trips to the bathroom. Again, you’re in a multi bed room, it’s coming up to lunch time, you go and use the toilet, wash your hands, head back to your bed and eat. I’m not saying you will have touched something unsanitary, but it is possible. There should be hand sanitisers every few feet (I had 5 in my room) but just to be sure, keep one of these in your locker. You’re there to get well, and picking up something else by accident is not pleasant.


Shampoos: Really, you’re not going to be looking just out of the salon gorgeous hair wise, but you’re still going to want to keep it clean when you can get some shower time. So, what do you do? Do you bring your big bottles of fancy shampoo and conditioner with you? Do you decant it into smaller bottles? What I’ve found handy, is free sample sachets like these Mane ‘n Tail ones. Handy, single use sachets. You use them, dump the packaging in the bin, and they take up no space whatsoever!


Drying out:


Having spent 5 weeks indoors at one point on a hospital trip, I can tell you, hospitals are warm, dry places. Sometimes too warm and too dry. Bring your moisturiser with you, as well as some kind of lip balm and hand cream. You will really appreciate having them.




Right, let’s be honest here. You can have Oscars Night makeup on, and it still won’t make a hospital gown look glamorous. Why not leave the makeup behind, and instead look for a way to dress up the gown. I recommend a good dressing gown. Not boudoir good, but something that is comfortable and you feel good in. I like my big fluffy number from Penneys.


Hospitals are BORING places:


Unless you work in a hospital, it’s very difficult to disagree with me here. You get brief periods of excitement, followed by long, soul destroying stretches of boredom. In my case I had a couple of hours of excitement (surgery, woo!) followed by 10 days straight of doing nothing. I had simple instructions. Sit there, mind the bed so nobody can take it.

For that reason, please, if you know you will be there more than a couple of hours, bring your phone/tablet/kindle/laptop and chargers with you. I also had a sudoku magazine with me, but found that I couldn’t concentrate on one thing for too long, which is why having multitasking products helps.



Don’t let the hospital get to you. I know, easier said than done, but this actually works. Everyone commented on how positive I was during the whole thing, even when things weren’t going to plan. Knowing that you’re in the right place, and that you have people looking out for you, whether they’re doctors, nurses or visitors, will make things a lot easier.

So, that’s my survival guide. If you have anything to add, or want to agree/disagree with anything, please do leave me a comment!



Part of the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge series:

Want to join in the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge? Please do! Join in and discover more bloggers in the challenge on Twitter #LetsTalkBlogChallenge

By Robyn | Posted in All About Me, Let's Talk Blog Challenge, Thoughts | Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Tagged: , ,

  • Lovely post! I spent about 2 months in the hospital when i was younger & I totally agree. boring place haha I watched too many episodes of Judge Judy to count! I loved when you got to fashion – the first thing I thought of was a dressing gown too hahaha and an awesome pair of slippers :) x

  • This is a lovely post Robyn! :) I had no idea you have spent such long spells of time in a hospital, definitely agree with needing plenty to keep occupied :) Reddit is great for passing the time away 😀

    Aisling x

  • I literally laughed out loud at “fashion” and then a pic of your dashing dressing gown. I went for something different too (bending not breaking the rules) as I figured it would offer up something a little different for everyone to read so I’m glad I wasn’t the only one.

  • Excellent post, brilliant idea to use the sample sachets! Lip balm is so essential, I had to stay in for 5 days with my eldest a few years ago and my lips were like a cat’s bum :/

  • Aw Robyn I’m so glad you put your own spin to this weeks topic, it’s great to read what to expect as a patient but also as a visitor what someone would need. Definitely important to have some of your own comforts like the dressing gown and keeping your mind occupied with loads of activities. Thanks so much for sharing, I know it’s not easy being in and out of hospital the whole time.

Go on, talk to me. I don't bite!


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers:

%d bloggers like this: