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What Do I Need To Bring To Rehab

What Am I Allowed To Bring To Rehab

After deciding to enrol for a rehab it is essential to understand the kind of items you will be allowed to bring into the centres along with any private items which the treatment centres will not allow.


Rehab centres have various policies, which are strict about what you can bring with you during the treatment. Majority of them has a prescribed essential list and exceptions to bring with you during your stay at the centre.

You will be required to check in after you arrive at the rehab and begin the process for the admission. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. 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.


You can carry the necessities with yourself. The policies on the kind of items you can carry will vary according to the centres.



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How To Get The Packing Information

Please make sure to consult your rehab with allowed and prohibited things to bring or you can check on their page online. Alternatively, you can also look for the frequently asked questions [FAQs] section if the page mentioned above does not exist. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. They will be able to provide you all the answers to any questions you may have about what you can bring. This will also be an opportune moment for you to inquire about anything that you were not sure with.


Items That Most Clinics Endorse

Set of regulations are severer than others depending on each clinic.

Below are some items that are most recommended:

  • Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
  • Jewels like your wedding ring or a watch that you wear every day and deem as necessary.
  • You should not bring costly jewellery items with you.
  • A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
  • You may even get some of the items already in the rehab and so you may not require to come with yours.
  • The medications that the patient will be using.
  • All the medicines must be up to date and prescribed by a certified doctor.
  • 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.
  • Identification information.
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • A journal or diary.
  • Stamps and envelopes for mailing letters if you wish to.
  • Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
  • Reading materials like books however, some centres provide them to you.
  • Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
  • Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.

What Clothes For The Centre

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.

Laundry spaces are accessible in a facility so you can plan your clothes packing based on that amenity. It is best to take along only those clothes that can be cleaned easily.


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: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
  • A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: Choose one-piece suits for woman and trunks for men.
  • Nightclothes.
  • A jacket.
  • Bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat: some centres do not permit hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products That Are Acceptable

All personal hygiene and beauty items have to be 100% alcohol-free in most rehabilitation centres. While other centres may allow you to bring products with alcohol component as long as it is not listed as one of the top three ingredients. Do not bring aerosols.

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

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hair wash and care products
  • Hairspray
  • Comb / brush
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving cream
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Which Items Are Prohibited

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. The names of items in the prohibited items list vary from facility to facility; however nearly every centre prohibits these:

  • Drugs and booze
  • Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
  • Weapons
  • Materials with sexual content
  • Food and drink
  • Everyday stuff containing alcohol
  • E-cigs
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail polish and other related products
  • Movie DVDs and games
  • Sport equipment
  • Clothing that is not descent
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia
  • Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
  • Games and playing cards
  • Candles and incense
  • Clothes with crude statements or photos of drug, violence, or alcohol on them

Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. The idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on recovery. During certain times, the centres itself will make the arrangements necessary to make items like these available to you.

Most centres don't encourage consumption of too much caffeine and sugar, and that's why outside food and drinks are prohibited. You will get 3 main meals, along with snacks and beverages. You should look forward to notifying your rehab before being admitted if you have any special dietary requirements.


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. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:

  • Computer Equipment
  • You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
  • Just make sure that your chargers and power cords are brought 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 Over-The-Counter Medications
  • These products must be new and unopened.
  • Chewing gums
  • These must also be new.
  • 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.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
  • Things That Remind You Of Home
  • The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
  • Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.

Can I Get Prohibited Items Back That I Accidentally Took

It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. The person who brought you to the centres will be requested to carry the prohibited item's back home by the rehab centres. In case you came alone, the centre might hold the item for a certain period of time, during which someone from your family can collect it. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.

In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. 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 If you have all the information from the rehab, this process becomes less hectic. Facilitate the application process by reviewing the packing checklist of your clinic's website. 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. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.

Contact us now on 0800 246 1509 so we can match a centre to your needs.