What to pack for a loved one's hospital stay

In the past few years, my partner has had to stay in the hospital twice, and both times, I stayed with them. They have one more surgery coming up which will, hopefully, be the last one. There's plenty of advice on how to pack for them, but this time, I'm determined to get it right and pack sensibly for my own stay. Here's how I'm doing it…

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