Even if you’re traditionally a last-minute packer, your hospital bag is a task that should be done in the second trimester. After all, you never know when you might need it!
Your bag should be packed by 36 weeks at the very latest, earlier if possible. If you’re having twins or triplets then it should be by week 30. Try to restrict your luggage to a carry-on case, and a separate bag for the labour ward. There is often not a lot of storage space in hospitals, and big cases can easily become a safety hazard. Remember that your partner and other family members will be visiting you and they can always bring in anything you have forgotten.