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What To Bring To Rehabilitation

What Am I Allowed To Bring To 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. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.

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. 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.


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



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How To Get The Packing Information

The rehab will always notify you of all the items that are not allowed in their facility. Search for the FAQ page if that section is not present. Some centres are known to offer packing checklists, which is printable that you can refer to while packing. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. They will be able to provide you all the answers to any questions you may have about what you can bring. They can also provide you the information regarding the procedure for the admission along with providing you an explanation for their policies if you have any concerns.


The Things That Are Necessities In Many Rehabs

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, home addresses, and telephone numbers of the people you want to be part of your therapy (those you care about, medical professionals, 12 step guarantors, etc.).
  • Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
  • Other jewellery with no sentimental value should be left at home.
  • A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
  • You will be provided these items in some facilities, so confirm about this before purchasing one.
  • You can also carry any prescription medications which you are presently using provided that they are in their original pharmacy bottle, and the original information from the label is intact.
  • If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
  • It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
  • Some money but not a lot of it.
  • Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
  • Bring along your insurance card as well as documents needed for personal identity verification.
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • A journal or diary.
  • Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
  • Some picture of close relatives and friends.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
  • TIP: Should you bring books, we recommend you to bring paperbacks as they are more handy than hardbacks.

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.

Be aware that you shouldn't pack over the limits as your room could not be that spacious.

There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.


Ensure that you bring following clothes and items that will make your week comfortable:

  • Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
  • Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
  • Pants
  • 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
  • Underwear.
  • Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
  • Nightwear.
  • A jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat: it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Beauty And Hygiene Products To Pack

Rehab centres require every toiletries and beauty products to be free absolutely from alcohol. There are other centres that will let you bring products that do not contain alcohol in the first three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed.

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

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
  • Comb / brush
  • Feminine wash or hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Weapons
  • Materials with sexual content
  • Food and drinks
  • Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
  • Electronic cigarettes of any form of vape.
  • Unsealed over-the-counter medicines
  • Nail products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
  • Any forms of electronic equipment.
  • Games
  • Candles
  • Drug related clothing

One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. 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 given three meals per day, snacks, and drinks Inform your clinic before admission if you have special needs.


Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not

Each rehab has its own rules which may be different to that of another rehab. The list below includes items that are permitted by some centres:

  • Smartphones and Laptops
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • The charges should be available in case you are allowed to have one.
  • Cigarettes
  • You may be allowed to smoke at some time.
  • You might not be allowed to bring more than a specific number of cartons.
  • Vitamins and Legal Medicines
  • These products must be new and unopened.
  • Chewing gum
  • These must also be new.
  • Music Players
  • Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
  • Camera
  • Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
  • Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
  • Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
  • The rehab you check in might allow some type of shaving equipment.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • 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.
  • It is best to call up the rehab centre and check if they allow such items.

Can I Get Prohibited Items Back That I Accidentally Took

Your property will always be safe. You close relative will be advised to go back with these items. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.

There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. You also need to be sure of the safety of your items if they are not allowed inside the facility. In case the centre doesn't store them, request them to send the items to your home address.

Packing For Rehab If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. 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

You can guarantee yourself a more cosy life while in rehab thanks to the numerous clinics that let you do so. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.

We can connect you with one if you get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 .