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Items To Take To Rehab

What To Carry Along When Going For Rehab

There are certain items that are not allowed in a rehab facility and so when checking in, you need to be sure which ones are allowed.


Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.

The admission process begins as soon as you check in. 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.


However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. The policies on the kind of items you can carry will vary according to the centres.



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Knowing The Packing Requirements Of Your Rehab

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. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. They should be able to help you with that concern. 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.


What Most Rehab Centres Recommend You To Carry

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

These are some of the things that you will find allowed in most rehabs:

  • 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 jewellery with no sentimental value should be left at home.
  • Alarm clock with no other features like radio or what not.
  • 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.
  • If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
  • All this information should be provided before the patient is admitted.
  • Minimum amount of cash in cases where vending machines or in-house stores are accessible.
  • Your check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
  • Identification information.
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • A journal or diary.
  • If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
  • Some picture of close relatives and friends.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • If you wish to carry reading materials for yourselves, you must understand that the subjects must only be on the recovery, self-help and spiritually oriented.
  • 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

Some centres have prescribed dress codes or limitations that you have to consider. Include clothes for different weather conditions in your bag if you don't know how the climate is going to be.

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. Clothes that are easily cleaned are the best to carry.


Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:

  • Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
  • Shirts: If you have tank tops you should also be looking forward to packing some cardigans to wear along with them to comply with the dress code of the centres.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: They have to be long enough to comply with the clinic's dress code.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Socks.
  • Underwear.
  • Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A Jacket/Coat.
  • Bathing robe.
  • A belt.
  • A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. Some allow alcohol-containing products only when alcohol doesn't feature in the first three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed

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

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling spray
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Which Items Are Prohibited

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

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Sharp objects and weapons
  • Pornography
  • Food and drinks
  • Body sprays with alcohol content
  • E-cigarettes
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Nail polish, polish remover and synthetic nail related products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sport equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Peroxide agents
  • Electronic products
  • Gaming materials
  • Incense and candles
  • Statement shirts with explicit or statements in reference to drugs, violence or substance abuse

Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. They will provide screening schedules or any equivalent at their specified time.

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.


Items Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do Not

There are clinics that may permit items that are forbidden in others as every centre has its regulations. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:

  • Computer Equipment
  • However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
  • Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
  • Cigarettes
  • There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
  • A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • They have to be new not previously opened.
  • Chewing gums
  • It must be unopened and sealed.
  • Music Players
  • You might be permitted to bring along entertainment devices that can work without speakers and internet.
  • Camera
  • Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
  • Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
  • This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
  • 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.
  • Things That Remind You Of Home
  • Some centres allow you to bring your own pillows, bedding or curtains to make you feel at ease.
  • However, all these items should be allowed first.

What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me

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. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.

There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. You are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.

Make Packing For Rehab Simple You are just required to follow the policies of the centres and ask plenty of questions if you are unsure about any items. 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.


Find Support Now

Every reputable centre gives permission to its patients to bring with them things which will help them to stay comfortably inside the facility. Look for top clinics that can suite your necessities with the support of our therapy experts.

Call us now on 0800 246 1509 for help in finding a centre.