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What To Take To Rehab

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.


Rehab centres have strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.

You will be required to check in after you arrive at the rehab and begin the process for the admission. 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. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.


However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. Every clinic has rules on additional items.



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Looking For Packing Info

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 check the FAQs if such packing information does not have a dedicated webpage. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. If you are still unable to find the information required you are advised to contact the admissions office of the rehab. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. If you have any doubts you will find all the answers and explanations before your admission.


Items That Most Clinics Endorse

The list varies from centre to centre.

Majority of centres advise patients to bring these:

  • 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.].
  • You are also allowed to carry the jewellery which is used regularly and is considered as a necessity like your wedding rings or a watch.
  • You should not bring costly jewellery items with you.
  • A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
  • Some centres are known to supply these items, and therefore, it would be better to verify this particular item before venturing out into the market to purchase them.
  • 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 also important to provide a list of all your medications and prescribed quantities.
  • Some money but not a lot of it.
  • Your check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
  • Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
  • 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.
  • Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
  • TIP: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around than hardcovers.

What Clothing You Can Carry

Most centres for rehab adhere to a strict dress code, and therefore, it is essential for you to be aware about any restrictions, which may apply during the packing. In case where you are not sure, consider to bring articles that you can use in layering in case of cold weather.

Pack only that many clothes which can be easily accommodated in your room.

There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. 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: Comfortable shoes for everyday 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: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
  • Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
  • One or two smart dresses for special occasions.
  • 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: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take

Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. 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
  • Hairspray
  • Comb / brush
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. The names of items in the prohibited items list vary from facility to facility; however nearly every centre prohibits these:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
  • Sharp tools
  • Unsuitable videos
  • Food and drink
  • Everyday stuff containing alcohol
  • E-cigarettes
  • Unsealed over-the-counter medicines
  • Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
  • Video games and movies in any media
  • Sport equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
  • Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
  • Games
  • Candles
  • Statement shirts with explicit or statements in reference to drugs, violence or substance abuse

Games and playing cards, video games and DVDs, and sporting apparatus may leave you wondering. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. 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. You will be given three meals per day, snacks, and drinks You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.


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. While a number of things are prohibited across-the-board exceptions may be made by some facilities for the following.

  • Computer Equipment
  • You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
  • Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
  • 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 Legal Medicines
  • As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
  • Chewing Gums
  • Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
  • Music and CD Player
  • It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
  • Camera
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Throwaway or Electric Razors
  • This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
  • Most of the times, throwaway razors are permitted.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
  • Personalizing Your Room To Make It Feel Homey
  • Some centres allow you to bring your own pillows, bedding or curtains to make you feel at ease.
  • It is best to call up the rehab centre and check if 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. The personnel will just endorse it to your accompanying friend or loved one. In case you got no one with you at the time of admission, they will hold the item for 24 hours until your representative can claim it. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.

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. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. In case you pack something, which is prohibited by mistake you will want to ensure that those items will be returned during some stage. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Make Packing For Rehab Simple Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.


Receive Help Now

Every reputable centre gives permission to its patients to bring with them things which will help them to stay comfortably inside the facility. 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 .