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What To Take To Rehab

Allowable Things To Bring Inside The Treatment Facility

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. A recommended packing list is provided by most centres, which also provide you with a list of items that are prohibited.

You will be required to check in after you arrive at the rehab and begin the process for the admission. 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. Every clinic has rules on additional items.



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Knowing The Packing Requirements Of Your Rehab

Please make sure to consult your rehab with allowed and prohibited things to bring or you can check on their page online. Search for the FAQ page if that section is not present. 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. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. This will also be an opportune moment for you to inquire about anything that you were not sure with.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

It is a given that rules vary from one centre to another, others are still while others are a bit lenient.

Majority of centres advise patients to bring these:

  • The contact details of the people close to the patient.
  • Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
  • Other items can just 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.
  • Medication in liquid form should be sealed and in the freshest condition.
  • All this information should be provided before the patient is admitted.
  • Ensure you are some cash with you in small denominations.
  • Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
  • Your insurance cards along with a method of identification [driver's license, passport, etc.].
  • All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
  • A notebook or newspaper.
  • If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
  • Photos of your family members and friends.
  • Books and magazines will probably be given by your clinic.
  • You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
  • ADVISE: Paperback books are more convenient than hardcovers.

What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary

It is common for rehabs to have strict dress policy in place and that's why you should check with the centre first. 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.

You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.


You should carry along about seven days of comfortable and with appropriate clothing, including the following:

  • Shoes: Bring the shoes that you feel comfortable in .
  • 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: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
  • A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat/jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. Some allow alcohol-containing products only when alcohol doesn't feature in the first three ingredients. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.

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

  • Deodorant
  • A toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products (pump hair spray only)
  • Comb
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items That Are Prohibited In Rehab

There are some items that are never allowed inside the centres. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. These are the screened contrabands:

  • Drugs and booze
  • Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
  • Weapons [guns, knives, sharp objects, scissors, etc.].
  • Unsuitable videos
  • Food items
  • Everyday stuff containing alcohol
  • E cigarettes
  • Unapproved and previously opened medication (even if it is prescribed)
  • Nail polish and other related products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sport equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia
  • Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
  • Gaming materials
  • Incense and candles
  • Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

The items mentioned in this list could very well surprise you and lead you to believe that games like playing cards, video games, DVDs and sporting equipment are indeed safe. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. The centre houses most such items and you will enjoy access to them as per the guidelines of your centre.

No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. 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 Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do Not

Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:

  • Cell Phone and Laptop
  • 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
  • Some centres consider your personal smoking liberty hence they allow you to bring your cigarettes.
  • These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • They have to be new not previously opened.
  • Chewing gums
  • They shouldn't have been opened before.
  • MP3 and CD Players
  • Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
  • Camera
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Razors
  • Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
  • Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
  • Additional Items
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • However, all these items should be allowed first.

Will My Property Be Handed Over If It Was Confiscated Upon Admission

Your property will always be safe. 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. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.

In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. You will wish to have back your forbidden objects packed by error. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Packing For Rehab Can Be Easy To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. 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.


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There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.

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