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What Do I Need To Bring To Rehab

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.


Rehab centres have strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. 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. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. 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.


Supplies are permitted in the therapy clinics. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.



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How To Find Information About What To Bring

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. In case this page is missing, you must check the FAQ page which too can contain packing information. Some centres are known to offer packing checklists, which is printable that you can refer to while packing. Contact your clinic's admission office if you don't find the material you need. The staff will guide you on this matter. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.


Items That Most Clinics Endorse

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

Below are some items that are most recommended:

  • Names, contact information, and addresses of people you want to be notified or involved in the process whenever required.
  • Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
  • Other jewellery with no sentimental value should be left 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.
  • Medication in liquid form should be sealed and in the freshest condition.
  • You are also allowed to carry a list of all your medications along with the dosages required.
  • Ensure you are some cash with you in small denominations.
  • Your check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
  • Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • A notebook or a journal.
  • Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
  • Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
  • Reading materials like books however, some centres provide them to you.
  • Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
  • Tip: It is better if you bring paperbacks than hardcovers because they are lighter.

The Attire You Should Have With You

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 you are not aware about how the weather will be like, carry some summer as well as winter clothes with you.

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

Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. Try not to bring clothes which require special washing like dry cleaning for example.


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

  • 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: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
  • Shorts: Lengths may be determined by the centre to comply with a dress code.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • A bathing suit; At least one.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat.
  • 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
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair gels
  • Hair brush
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sun cream
  • Makeup

Items That Are Prohibited In Rehab

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 Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
  • Weapons [guns, knives, sharp objects, scissors, etc.].
  • Pornography
  • Food or drinks
  • Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
  • E-cigarettes
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Volatile substances like nail polish or polish remover and the likes
  • Computer games
  • Sporting apparatus
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
  • Electronic gadgets
  • Gaming materials
  • Candles
  • Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence

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 idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on recovery. They will provide screening schedules or any equivalent at their specified time.

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.


Items Allowed In Some Rehabs But Not In Others

Each has their own rules and policies so do not expect that it is standard to all. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:

  • Cell Phone and Laptop
  • However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
  • You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
  • Cigarettes
  • Cigarettes are permitted at certain centres if you are a smoker.
  • 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.
  • Chewing gum
  • They shouldn't have been opened before.
  • Music and CD Player
  • Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
  • Camera
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
  • Because there is risk of injury, many centres don't allow them.
  • Most of the times, throwaway razors are permitted.
  • Nail Cutters
  • They are prohibited at certain clinics.
  • Objects That Make You Feel At Home
  • The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
  • Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.

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

It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. 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.

You are likely to travel alone if you are commuting by air and so there won't be anyone to take the prohibited items home. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. 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 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. Facilitate the application process by reviewing the packing checklist of your clinic's website. Pack only what you need as an advice.


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No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.

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