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What To Bring To Rehabilitation

What To Carry Along When Going For Rehab

After deciding to enrol for a rehab it is essential to understand the kind of items you will be allowed to bring into the centres along with any private items which the treatment centres will not allow.


Some items are prohibited in the rehab centres. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.

Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. Part of the procedure is the inspection of your personal effects to make sure that there are no contrabands and other prohibited objects are smuggled in. While other centres provide you with the checklist of what you can bring.


Some are only allowing bare necessities into the facility. Every clinic has rules on additional items.



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Knowing The Packing Requirements Of Your Rehab

Please make sure to consult your rehab with allowed and prohibited things to bring or you can check on their page online. In case this page is missing, you must check the FAQ page which too can contain packing information. You can do your packing with packing specifications that some clinics provide. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. They will let you know of all the items. This will also be an opportune moment for you to inquire about anything that you were not sure with.


The Things That Are Necessities In Many Rehabs

The list varies from centre to centre.

Below are some items that are most recommended:

  • Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
  • Jewels like your wedding ring or a watch that you wear every day and deem as necessary.
  • Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables at home.
  • You can carry an alarm clock which does not have a radio.
  • 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.
  • The medications that the patient will be using.
  • If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
  • All this information should be provided before the patient is admitted.
  • Some money but not a lot of it.
  • Bring along your credit cards or check book for settling the payment for new medications.
  • Bring along your insurance card as well as documents needed for personal identity verification.
  • All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
  • A journal or diary.
  • Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
  • Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • If you wish to carry reading materials for yourselves, you must understand that the subjects must only be on the recovery, self-help and spiritually oriented.
  • TIP: Should you bring books, we recommend you to bring paperbacks as they are more handy than hardbacks.

What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary

You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. Include clothes for different weather conditions in your bag if you don't know how the climate is going to be.

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

You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. It is best to take along only those clothes that can be cleaned easily.


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

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
  • Shirts: If you have tank tops you should also be looking forward to packing some cardigans to wear along with them to comply with the dress code of the centres.
  • Pants: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
  • 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.
  • A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat/jacket.
  • Bath robe.
  • A belt.
  • A hat.
  • Slippers.

Beauty And Hygiene Products To Pack

A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. No aerosols are allowed.

You should be taking along 30-day requirements of toiletries and beauty products, including:

  • Deodorant
  • A toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hair wash and care products
  • Hair styling spray
  • Comb/brush
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Not To Take To Rehab

A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
  • Weapons
  • Pornography
  • Foods and drinks
  • Toiletries and beauty products which contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)
  • E cigarettes
  • Unapproved and previously opened medication (even if it is prescribed)
  • Volatile substances like nail polish or polish remover and the likes
  • Computer games
  • Games equipment
  • Skimpy clothes
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
  • Electrical devices (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Games
  • Candles
  • Clothes with crude statements or photos of drug, violence, or alcohol on them

The items mentioned in this list could very well surprise you and lead you to believe that games like playing cards, video games, DVDs and sporting equipment are indeed safe. The recovery procedure usually requires maximum concentration and that is why some items are not allowed. At times, your centre will provide these items

You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. Three healthy meals, beverages, and snacks are provided by the centre. You will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.


Items Allowed In Some Rehabs But Not In Others

Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:

  • Cell Phone and Laptop
  • The laptops and pcs are restricted in some places while allowed in others depending on the rehabs policies.
  • Just make sure that your chargers and power cords are brought with you.
  • Cigarettes
  • There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
  • These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • These products must be new and unopened.
  • Gum
  • It must be unopened and sealed.
  • Music Players
  • Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
  • Camera
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
  • Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
  • Most of the times, throwaway razors are permitted.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Additional Items
  • You may have permission to bring your own bedding, pillows, and objects that help you feel relaxed.
  • Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.

Will I Retrieve Forbidden Items That I Accidently Take To The Clinic

Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. In some cases, the centres may decide to store the items for you until your departure.

In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. You are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.

Packing For Rehab Can Be Easy Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.


Act Now For Help

Every reputable centre gives permission to its patients to bring with them things which will help them to stay comfortably inside the facility. Look for top clinics that can suite your necessities with the support of our therapy experts.

Contact us now on 0800 246 1509 so we can match a centre to your needs.