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Items To Take To Rehab

Allowable Things To Bring Inside The Treatment Facility

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.

The admittance procedure usually starts as soon as you get to the rehab. During this time, the admissions team belonging to the centres will inspect your belongings to ensure safety and to understand whether any prohibited items are also included. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.


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



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Knowing The Packing Requirements Of Your Rehab

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 also get this info on their website. 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. The staff will guide you on this matter. This will also be an opportune moment for you to inquire about anything that you were not sure with.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

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

For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:

  • A list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of people you wish to have involved within your treatment [loved ones, healthcare professionals, twelve-step sponsors, etc.].
  • Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
  • Other items can just be left at home.
  • 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.
  • The original bottle from the drugstore with the information label integral and your actual prescription medicine.
  • 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 check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
  • Your insurance cards along with a method of identification [driver's license, passport, etc.].
  • If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
  • Your personal journal.
  • Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
  • Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
  • TIP: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around than hardcovers.

What Clothes For The Centre

Be conscious of any limitations on the dress code while packing because most clinics have one. 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.

Attire for a week is sufficient as you should be able to wash your clothing in a laundry machine at your centre. Try not to bring clothes which require special washing like dry cleaning for example.


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

  • Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
  • 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.
  • Coat/jackets.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
  • Slippers.

Beauty And Hygiene Products To Pack

Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic 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

You should hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairspray
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine wash or hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Things You Cannot Bring To The Rehabilitation Centre

There are some items that are never allowed inside the centres. These are important to warrant a safe environment that is conducive to your wellness and recovery. Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Arms (pistols, blades, scissors, piercing objects, etc.)
  • Pornography
  • Food and drinks
  • Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
  • E-cigarettes
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail polish, polish remover and synthetic nail related products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Games equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Aerosols
  • Peroxide agents
  • Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense or candles
  • Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence

Games and playing cards, video games and DVDs, and sporting apparatus may leave you wondering. 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. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.

Outside catering is also prohibited because the food you eat needs to be according to the standards. 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. The list below includes items that are permitted by some centres:

  • Your Laptop and Smartphone
  • You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
  • Don't leave your charger behind.
  • Cigarettes
  • There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
  • You might not be allowed to bring more than a specific number of cartons.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • OTC medications should be brand new.
  • Chewing gums
  • They have to be closed and sealed.
  • Music Players
  • You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
  • Cameras
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Throwaway or Electric Razors
  • Because there is risk of injury, many centres don't allow them.
  • Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Additional Items
  • 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.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

In cases where you have brought a banned or prohibited item, just keep calm and cooperate. The personnel will just endorse it to your accompanying friend or loved one. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.

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 need to be aware of all the rules and restriction in the facility before you come to check in. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. In case the centre doesn't store them, request them to send the items to your home address.

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.


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You can guarantee yourself a more cosy life while in rehab thanks to the numerous clinics that let you do so. Look for top clinics that can suite your necessities with the support of our therapy experts.

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