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Things To Bring To Rehabilitation

What Am I Allowed To Bring To Rehab

Rehab treatment centres permit certain things and prohibit certain items; you should know the policy of your rehab treatment facility beforehand.


Some items are prohibited in the rehab centres. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.

The admittance procedure usually starts as soon as you get to the rehab. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. 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.


Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. 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. In case this page is missing, you must check the FAQ page which too can contain packing information. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

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

Below are some items that are most recommended:

  • 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.].
  • Person ornaments that are used by the person.
  • On the contrary, keep your valued objects at your dwelling.
  • 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.
  • All prescribed medications in their original bottle.
  • All the medicines must be up to date and prescribed by a certified doctor.
  • 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.
  • Identification information.
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • Your diary.
  • Stamps and envelopes for mailing letters if you wish to.
  • Photos of your family members 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: It is better if you bring paperbacks than hardcovers because they are lighter.

What Attire Is Needed

Be conscious of any limitations on the dress code while packing because most clinics have one. You can prepare yourself by carrying a cloth that can be comfortable in all types of weather.

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

You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. Clothes that are easily cleaned are the best to carry.


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

  • Shoes: An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
  • 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: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Fresh and clean pairs of socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: Choose one-piece suits for woman and trunks for men.
  • Nightclothes.
  • A Jacket/Coat.
  • Bath robe.
  • A belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

All personal hygiene and beauty items have to be 100% alcohol-free in most rehabilitation centres. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.

You should be taking along 30-day requirements of toiletries and beauty products, including:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairspray
  • Hair brush
  • Feminine wash or hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. These are important to warrant a safe environment that is conducive to your wellness and recovery. Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
  • Sharp objects and weapons
  • Unsuitable videos
  • Food and drink
  • Toiletries and beauty products which contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)
  • Electronic cigarettes of any form of vape.
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Games equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia
  • Electronic gadgets
  • Games and playing cards
  • Candles and incense
  • Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

While you might not expect certain things to be banned, like electronic products and sport equipment, but many centres do not allow them. The centres do not distractions of any form that would make you lose your focus on your road to recovery. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.

Most centres don't encourage consumption of too much caffeine and sugar, and that's why outside food and drinks are prohibited. Three healthy meals, beverages, and snacks are provided by the centre. All your diet needs will be fully taken care of by the rehab chefs.


These Items Are Permitted By Some Clinics But Not Others

Every rehab centre has its own policies and some may prohibit an item which is allowed at the other. While a number of things are prohibited across-the-board exceptions may be made by some facilities for the following.

  • Your Laptop and Smartphone
  • In case you have this permission in your rehab, chances are your access to it is limited.
  • Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
  • Cigarettes
  • Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
  • A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
  • Chewing Gums
  • These must also be new.
  • Music Players
  • You might be permitted to bring along entertainment devices that can work without speakers and internet.
  • Camera
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
  • Due to their dangerousness, razors may be forbidden in certain clinics.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Cutters
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Additional Items
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

If you arrive at the centres with some prohibited items without realisation you do not have to remain concerned. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. 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. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. You also need to be sure of the safety of your items if they are not allowed inside the facility. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.

Packing For Rehab Can Be Easy If you have all the information from the rehab, this process becomes less hectic. They always have documents that give details of this information. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.


Reach Out For Help Today

A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.

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