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What Do I Need To Bring To Rehab

What Am I Allowed To Bring To 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. A list of allowed objects and forbidden ones is presented by most clinics.

You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. 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. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.


You can carry the necessities with yourself. Every clinic has rules on additional items.



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Looking For Packing Info

The rehab will always notify you of all the items that are not allowed in their facility. Search for the FAQ page if that section is not present. Some centres are known to offer packing checklists, which is printable that you can refer to while packing. 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. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.


Items That Most Clinics Endorse

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

For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:

  • The contact details of the people close to the patient.
  • 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.
  • An alarm clock.
  • You may even get some of the items already in the rehab and so you may not require to come with yours.
  • 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.
  • Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
  • You are also allowed to carry a list of all your medications along with the dosages required.
  • Some money but not a lot of it.
  • Your check book, credit card and debit card for the payment of treatment medications are also allowed.
  • Bring along your insurance card as well as documents needed for personal identity verification.
  • If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
  • Your diary.
  • If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
  • Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
  • Tip: It is better if you bring paperbacks than hardcovers because they are lighter.

What Clothing You Can Carry

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.

Be aware that you shouldn't pack over the limits as your room could not be that spacious.

Attire for a week is sufficient as you should be able to wash your clothing in a laundry machine at your centre. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.


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

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for 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.
  • One or two smart dresses for special occasions.
  • Socks
  • Underwear.
  • Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat / jacket.
  • Bath robe.
  • A belt.
  • A hat.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take

Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic products. Some allow alcohol-containing products only when alcohol doesn't feature in the first three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed.

These toiletries and personal products should be enough you to last thirty days especially:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hair wash and care products
  • Hairspray
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Things You Cannot Bring To The Rehabilitation Centre

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

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
  • Weapons
  • Unsuitable videos
  • Food and drink
  • Toiletries and beauty products which contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)
  • Electronic cigarettes of any form of vape.
  • Unsealed over-the-counter medicines
  • Volatile substances like nail polish or polish remover and the likes
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia
  • Electronic products
  • Games
  • Candles
  • Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. 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.

You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. Inform your clinic before admission if you have special needs.


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. The list below includes items that are permitted by some centres:

  • Cell Phone and Laptop
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
  • Cigarettes
  • You may be allowed to smoke at some time.
  • However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
  • Vitamins and Over-The-Counter Medications
  • OTC medications should be brand new.
  • Chewing gums
  • It must be unopened and sealed.
  • MP3 Player or CD Player
  • Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
  • Camera
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
  • Due to their dangerousness, razors may be forbidden in certain clinics.
  • The rehab you check in might allow some type of shaving equipment.
  • Nail Clippers
  • It depends with the requirement in the facility.
  • Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
  • You may have permission to bring your own bedding, pillows, and objects that help you feel relaxed.
  • Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.

Will I Retrieve Forbidden Items That I Accidently Take To The Clinic

Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. The forbidden objects that you carried to the clinic will be given back to the person who took you there. Many others will hold the items for 24 hours until someone comes over to pick them up. In some cases, the centres may decide to store the items for you until your departure.

If you are traveling from a distant location and are arriving by air it is likely that you will not have a loved one with you during the admission to take the prohibited items back. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. 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 Rehabilitation Can Be Easy Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. As a generally suggested idea, pack and travel light and keep it to bare essentials.


Act Now For Help

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 .