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What To Take To Rehab

What Can I Have With Me In Therapy

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 list of allowed objects and forbidden ones is presented by most clinics.

You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. All the items that are not allowed will be eliminated at this step. 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.


You can carry the necessities with yourself. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.



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How To Get The Packing Information

If you are not sure about bringing an item or have any questions about what you should be packing you should be having a look on the website of the rehab for a "what to bring" page. You can also get this info on their website. 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 be able to provide you all the answers to any questions you may have about what you can bring. If you have any doubts you will find all the answers and explanations before your admission.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

Set of regulations are severer than others depending on each clinic.

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).
  • Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
  • Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables at home.
  • An alarm clock.
  • You will be provided these items in some facilities, so confirm about this before purchasing one.
  • Existing prescription medication should have complete and accurate labels and original container.
  • Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
  • It is also important to provide a list of all your medications and prescribed quantities.
  • Minimum amount of cash in cases where vending machines or in-house stores are accessible.
  • Bring along your credit cards or check book for settling the payment for new medications.
  • Your insurance cards along with a method of identification [driver's license, passport, etc.].
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • A journal or diary.
  • Envelopes and stamps.
  • Photos of your family members and friends.
  • You will be provided with reading materials by the rehab centres chosen by you.
  • 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 Attire Is Needed

It is common for rehabs to have strict dress policy in place and that's why you should check with the centre first. In case where you are not sure, consider to bring articles that you can use in layering in case of cold weather.

Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.

Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. It is best to take along only those clothes that can be cleaned easily.


You should bring weather-appropriate clothes for at least 7 days.

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday activities, sports and flip flops for the shower.
  • 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: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
  • A couple of special dresses.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat / jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. Aerosols are not allowed.

The beauty products you carry should be enough and they are:

  • Deodorant
  • A toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
  • Comb/brush
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • 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. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Arms (pistols, blades, scissors, piercing objects, etc.)
  • Pornographic materials
  • Food and drink
  • Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
  • E cigarettes
  • Medications that are not prescribed
  • Nail products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia
  • Electronic gadgets
  • Games and playing cards
  • Candles
  • Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence

Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. 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. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. You should look forward to notifying your rehab before being admitted if you have any special dietary requirements.


These Items Are Allowed By Some But Prohibited By Others

There are clinics that may permit items that are forbidden in others as every centre has its regulations. While a number of things are prohibited across-the-board exceptions may be made by some facilities for the following.

  • Your Laptop and Smartphone
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
  • Cigarettes
  • You may be allowed to smoke at some time.
  • These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
  • Gum
  • They shouldn't have been opened before.
  • 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.
  • Shaving Equipments
  • This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • However, all these items should be allowed first.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

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. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. In some cases, the centres may decide to store the items for you until your departure.

If you are traveling from a distant location and are arriving by air it is likely that you will not have a loved one with you during the admission to take the prohibited items back. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. You also need to be sure of the safety of your items if they are not allowed inside the facility. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.

Packing For Rehabilitation Can Be Easy If you have all the information from the rehab, this process becomes less hectic. They always have documents that give details of this information. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.


Act Now For Help

No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.

We can help you find the best centre, call us today on 0800 246 1509.