Vacations, baby deliveries and trips to the mall with kids are all events we’ve had to pack for. We store items, sometimes, in preparation for unpleasant situations, like catching a flu bug or small spills in the restaurant.

This is one of those times, just in case your casual visit to the doc lands you in the A&E for a spontaneous Covid-19 test. And that’s exactly what happened with Reddit user Gametheorista’s friend.

On top of the regular wait, she had to wait an hour for her mother to get off work early to bring her essentials like her identity card, water and phone charger.

Alongside the experience, Gametheorista shared an extensive list of items in case anybody finds themselves in something familiar. We separated them into “Essentials” and “Recommended”, to make the packing a little easier.

Take a look below:

Essentials

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  • Identity card
  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • List of allergies, medications, medical history
  • Emergency contact list
  • Personal toiletries
  • Jacket

To prepare for the worst-case scenario, bring a change of clothes, personal toiletries, other electronic devices you’d need in case you can’t be home for a protracted period of time, snacks and a jacket (“because ERs can get cold”).

Having a list of medications that you’re taking, and knowing your medical history and allergies would no doubt be helpful, and may even speed up processes.

Recommended

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  • Phone charger
  • Cable
  • Water
  • Extra masks, sanitizer, goggles, gloves
  • Hair tie
  • Tissues

Hair ties and tissues would also be useful in case you are required to go for X-rays or suffer a runny nose after the nose swab test for Covid-19. But one thing to note is with that many items to bring, you would probably need a duffel bag at least or a backpack to contain everything. 

In times like these, it’s best to always be prepared, but prevention is better than cure, so to avoid falling ill, we should all try to keep our immunity up by maintaining a healthy diet and having adequate sleep.

This post first appeared on Asia One. Additional text: Cherrie Lim