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Items To Take To Rehab

What To Carry Along When Going For Rehab

Going to rehab isn't exactly a vacation but it pays to know what to bring and what things are permitted inside the treatment facility.


Rehab centres have strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.

The admission process begins as soon as you check in. During this time, the admissions team belonging to the centres will inspect your belongings to ensure safety and to understand whether any prohibited items are also included. It is a habit with some centres to prepare a catalogue of the items which you bring in order to ensure that you do not leave anything behind when you leave.


However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. Every clinic has rules on additional items.



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How To Know What To Pack

Please make sure to consult your rehab with allowed and prohibited things to bring or you can check on their page online. Alternatively, you can also look for the frequently asked questions [FAQs] section if the page mentioned above does not exist. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. The staff will guide you on this matter. If you have any doubts you will find all the answers and explanations before your admission.


What Most Rehab Centres Recommend You To Carry

The things allowed in one rehab may not be allowed in others.

Majority of centres advise patients to bring these:

  • A list of names, home addresses, and telephone numbers of the people you want to be part of your therapy (those you care about, medical professionals, 12 step guarantors, etc.).
  • You are also allowed to carry the jewellery which is used regularly and is considered as a necessity like your wedding rings or a watch.
  • Other items can just be left at home.
  • Alarm clock with no other features like radio or what not.
  • Some centres are known to supply these items, and therefore, it would be better to verify this particular item before venturing out into the market to purchase them.
  • You can also carry any prescription medications which you are presently using provided that they are in their original pharmacy bottle, and the original information from the label is intact.
  • Medication in liquid form should be sealed and in the freshest condition.
  • It is also important to provide a list of all your medications and prescribed quantities.
  • Ensure you are some cash with you in small denominations.
  • Your check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
  • Your insurance cards along with a method of identification [driver's license, passport, etc.].
  • If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
  • A notebook or a journal.
  • If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
  • Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
  • TIP: Should you bring books, we recommend you to bring paperbacks as they are more handy than hardbacks.

What Clothing You Can Carry

It is common for rehabs to have strict dress policy in place and that's why you should check with the centre first. If you are not sure about how to pack for the weather, you should be looking forward to packing layering options like T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans and jackets.

This however does not mean that you should carry your whole closet.

There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. It is best to take along only those clothes that can be cleaned easily.


Keep the weather in mind and bring a seven day weather-appropriate set of clothes like.

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday activities, sports and flip flops for the shower.
  • Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
  • Dressy outfits for special occasions like the family night will also be useful.
  • Socks
  • Undergarments.
  • A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat/jacket.
  • Bathing robe.
  • Belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take

All personal hygiene and beauty items have to be 100% alcohol-free in most rehabilitation centres. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. Aerosols are not allowed

These toiletries and personal products should be enough you to last thirty days especially:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Hair gels
  • Comb
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Not To Take To Rehab

Certain items are not allowed inside the premises of rehab centres. These are important to warrant a safe environment that is conducive to your wellness and recovery. The names of items in the prohibited items list vary from facility to facility; however nearly every centre prohibits these:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
  • Weapons [guns, knives, sharp objects, scissors, etc.].
  • Unsuitable videos
  • Food or drinks
  • Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
  • Electronic cigarettes of any form of vape.
  • Medications that are not prescribed
  • Nail polish, polish remover and synthetic nail related products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sport equipment
  • Clothing that is not descent
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
  • Electronic products
  • Gaming materials
  • Candles and incense
  • Statement shirts with explicit or statements in reference to drugs, violence or substance abuse

While you might not expect certain things to be banned, like electronic products and sport equipment, but many centres do not allow them. The idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on recovery. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.

No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. You will be given three meals per day, snacks, and drinks You will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.


Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not

There are clinics that may permit items that are forbidden in others as every centre has its regulations. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:

  • Computer Equipment
  • The laptops and pcs are restricted in some places while allowed in others depending on the rehabs policies.
  • Don't leave your charger behind.
  • Cigarettes
  • Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
  • Although you have this privilege, you are limited to a number of specified quantities allowed.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • OTC medications should be brand new.
  • Chewing gum
  • Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
  • MP3 Player or CD Player
  • It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
  • Camera
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
  • This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
  • Things That Remind You Of Home
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. The personnel will just endorse it to your accompanying friend or loved one. In case you got no one with you at the time of admission, they will hold the item for 24 hours until your representative can claim it. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.

In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. In case you pack something, which is prohibited by mistake you will want to ensure that those items will be returned during some stage. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.

Packing For Rehab Can Be Easy You are just required to follow the policies of the centres and ask plenty of questions if you are unsure about any items. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.


Get Assistance Today

A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.

We can connect you with one if you get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 .