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What To Take To Rehab

What To Carry Along When Going For Rehab

Every therapy clinic permits certain things while forbids others and this is very important to know this once getting ready for treatment.


What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.

Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. All the items that are not allowed will be eliminated at this step. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.


Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. Every clinic has rules on additional items.



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Looking For Packing Info

Please make sure to consult your rehab with allowed and prohibited things to bring or you can check on their page online. You can check the FAQs if such packing information does not have a dedicated webpage. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. They will let you know of all the items. You can also receive clarification on other policies or guidance about the admission process.


Items Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You

The list varies from centre to centre.

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.).
  • Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
  • You should not bring costly jewellery items with you.
  • An alarm clock.
  • It is important to get in touch with the rehab clinic before as some of them provide these objects.
  • All prescribed medications in their original bottle.
  • Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
  • It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
  • Ensure you are some cash with you in small denominations.
  • Your payment card in the form of debit/debit card or your check book.
  • Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
  • All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
  • Your diary.
  • Envelopes and stamps.
  • Some picture of close relatives and friends.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
  • Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.

What Clothing You Can Carry

Most centres for rehab adhere to a strict dress code, and therefore, it is essential for you to be aware about any restrictions, which may apply during the packing. 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.

Be aware that you shouldn't pack over the limits as your room could not be that spacious.

Attire for a week is sufficient as you should be able to wash your clothing in a laundry machine at your centre. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.


You should carry along about seven days of comfortable and with appropriate clothing, including the following:

  • Shoes: Bring the shoes that you feel comfortable in .
  • Shirts: You need to make sure you bring the shirts that are allowed in that facility, tank tops need to be accompanied by cardigans.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Socks
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A jacket.
  • A bathrobe.
  • A belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Beauty And Hygiene Products To Pack

A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. While other centres may allow you to bring products with alcohol component as long as it is not listed as one of the top three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed

Personal hygiene and beauty products that last for a month have to be carried along and they are:

  • Deodorant
  • A toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine wash or hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
  • Weapons [guns, knives, sharp objects, scissors, etc.].
  • Pornography
  • Food or drinks
  • Everyday stuff containing alcohol
  • E-cigs
  • Medications that are not prescribed
  • Nail products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia
  • Electrical devices (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Games and playing cards
  • Candles and incense
  • Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

While you might not expect certain things to be banned, like electronic products and sport equipment, but many centres do not allow them. However, the items are prohibited with the intention to help you to avoid distractions and to provide you an opportunity to remain focused on your recovery. At times, your centre will provide these items

Most centres don't encourage consumption of too much caffeine and sugar, and that's why outside food and drinks are prohibited. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. All your diet needs will be fully taken care of by the rehab chefs.


These Items Are Allowed By Some But Prohibited By Others

Every rehab centre has its own policies and some may prohibit an item which is allowed at the other. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:

  • Cell Phone and Laptop
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
  • Cigarettes
  • There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
  • However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • OTC medications should be brand new.
  • Chewing gum
  • They have to be closed and sealed.
  • Music and CD Player
  • You might be permitted to bring along entertainment devices that can work without speakers and internet.
  • Camera
  • Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
  • Razors
  • Because there is risk of injury, many centres don't allow them.
  • Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
  • Nail Cutters
  • Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
  • Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
  • Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
  • Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

If you arrive at the centres with some prohibited items without realisation you do not have to remain concerned. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. 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. Other centres will just keep them for your and return the same once you have cleared the program and leave the centre.

This is mainly in instances where the close relatives are far and cannot come immediately. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. You also need to be sure of the safety of your items if they are not allowed inside the facility. They can either send them back to your place or keep them safe till the end of the recovery process.

Make Packing For Rehab Simple If you have all the information from the rehab, this process becomes less hectic. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.


Find Support Now

No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.

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