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What Do I Need To Bring To Rehab

What Should I Carry When Checking Into 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. A recommended packing list is provided by most centres, which also provide you with a list of items that are prohibited.

Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. Many inpatient facilities record the stuff you bring in their database in order to ensure none of your stuff is left behind when you check out.


You can carry the necessities with yourself. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.



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How To Know What To Pack

Have a look at the "What to Bring" section of your clinic's website you don't know what is allowed and prohibited or queries about packing. 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. Contact your clinic's admission office if you don't find the material you need. They should be able to help you with that concern. If you have any doubts you will find all the answers and explanations before your admission.


Items Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You

The list varies from centre to centre.

Please find below the endorsed items:

  • The contact details of the people close to the patient.
  • Person ornaments that are used by the person.
  • On the contrary, keep your valued objects at your dwelling.
  • A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
  • In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
  • Existing prescription medication should have complete and accurate labels and original container.
  • Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
  • A complete list of your maintenance drugs and other needed medications.
  • Some money but not a lot of it.
  • Your check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
  • Bring along your insurance card as well as documents needed for personal identity verification.
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • Your personal journal.
  • Envelopes and stamps.
  • Some picture of close relatives and friends.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • In case you insist on bringing your own reading material, they are to be recovery related, self-help and spiritual materials.
  • ADVISE: Paperback books are more convenient than hardcovers.

What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary

Some centres have prescribed dress codes or limitations that you have to consider. 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.

You have to bear in mind that the sizes of the rooms in the facility may not be as big as your room at home.

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.


Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
  • Shirts: Make sure you bring cardigans that should be worn with tank tops in order to respect the dress code.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: They have to be long enough to comply with the clinic's dress code.
  • A couple of special dresses.
  • Socks
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat/jacket.
  • Bath robe.
  • A belt.
  • A hat: it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take

Rehab centres require every toiletries and beauty products to be free absolutely from alcohol. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. Do not bring aerosols.

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

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hair wash and care products
  • Hair gels
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine wash or hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Things You Cannot Bring To The Rehabilitation Centre

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. These items don't guarantee the proper surroundings for your retrieval and aren't safe Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Opiates and other medicines
  • Arms (pistols, blades, scissors, piercing objects, etc.)
  • Pornography
  • Food and drink
  • Everyday stuff containing alcohol
  • E-cigarettes
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Nail products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sport equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Cleaning products (bleach, ammonia, etc.)
  • Electronic products
  • Gaming materials
  • Candles and incense
  • Drug related clothing

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 centres do not distractions of any form that would make you lose your focus on your road to recovery. The centre houses most such items and you will enjoy access to them as per the guidelines of your centre.

You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. You will get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. You will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.


Items Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do Not

Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. While a number of things are prohibited across-the-board exceptions may be made by some facilities for the following.

  • Smartphones and Laptops
  • However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
  • The charges should be available in case you are allowed to have one.
  • Cigarettes
  • Some centres consider your personal smoking liberty hence they allow you to bring your cigarettes.
  • Although you have this privilege, you are limited to a number of specified quantities allowed.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • These products must be new and unopened.
  • Chewing gums
  • Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
  • MP3 and CD Players
  • You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
  • Camera
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
  • This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
  • Disposable razors are allowed in most cases.
  • Nail Clippers
  • They are prohibited at certain clinics.
  • Things That Remind You Of Home
  • Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
  • Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.

What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me

It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. The person who brought you to the centres will be requested to carry the prohibited item's back home by the rehab centres. In case you came alone, the centre might hold the item for a certain period of time, during which someone from your family can collect it. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.

In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. You need to be aware of all the rules and restriction in the facility before you come to check in. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Packing For Rehabilitation Can Be Easy Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. As a generally suggested idea, pack and travel light and keep it to bare essentials.


Act Now For Help

You can guarantee yourself a more cosy life while in rehab thanks to the numerous clinics that let you do so. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.

Call us now on 0800 246 1509 for help in finding a centre.