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What To Take To Rehab

What Should I Carry When Checking Into 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 strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.

You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.


However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.



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Knowing The Packing Requirements Of Your Rehab

Have a look at the "What to Bring" section of your clinic's website you don't know what is allowed and prohibited or queries about packing. You can also get this info on their website. You can do your packing with packing specifications that some clinics provide. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. 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.


Items That Most Clinics Endorse

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

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

  • Names, contact information, and addresses of people you want to be notified or involved in the process whenever required.
  • Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
  • You should not bring costly jewellery items with you.
  • An alarm clock without a radio.
  • In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
  • 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.
  • Medication in liquid form should be sealed and in the freshest condition.
  • It is also important to provide a list of all your medications and prescribed quantities.
  • Ensure you are some cash with you in small denominations.
  • Your check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
  • 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.
  • Your diary.
  • Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
  • Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
  • Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.

The Attire You Should Have With You

You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. You can prepare yourself by carrying a cloth that can be comfortable in all types of weather.

You have to bear in mind that the sizes of the rooms in the facility may not be as big as your room at home.

There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.


Keep the weather in mind and bring a seven day weather-appropriate set of clothes like.

  • Shoes: Bring the shoes that you feel comfortable in .
  • Shirts: Make sure you bring cardigans that should be worn with tank tops in order to respect the dress code.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: Lengths may be determined by the centre to comply with a dress code.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
  • Nightclothes.
  • A coat / jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • A belt, if needed.
  • A hat: some centres do not permit hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty

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. Aerosols are not allowed

You should hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month:

  • Deodorant
  • A toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products (pump hair spray only)
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Body lotion
  • Sun cream
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. These items don't guarantee the proper surroundings for your retrieval and aren't safe Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Weapons
  • Pornography
  • Food and drink
  • Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
  • E cigarettes
  • Medications that are not prescribed
  • Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
  • Movie DVDs and games
  • Sporting equipment
  • Clothing that is not descent
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
  • Electronic products
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense and candles
  • Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence

One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. The centres do not distractions of any form that would make you lose your focus on your road to 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 will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.


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:

  • Smartphones and Laptops
  • However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
  • Don't leave your charger behind.
  • Cigarettes
  • You may be allowed to smoke at some time.
  • Although you have this privilege, you are limited to a number of specified quantities allowed.
  • Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
  • As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
  • Chewing gums
  • These must also be new.
  • Music Players
  • Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
  • Camera
  • Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
  • Razors
  • Because there is risk of injury, many centres don't allow them.
  • Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
  • Nail Clippers
  • They are prohibited at certain clinics.
  • Objects That Make You Feel At Home
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.

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

Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. You close relative will be advised to go back with these items. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.

This is mainly in instances where the close relatives are far and cannot come immediately. You are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Packing For Rehab To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. Facilitate the application process by reviewing the packing checklist of your clinic's website. Pack only what you need as an advice.


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.

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