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What To Take To Rehab

What Should I Carry When Checking Into Rehab

Going to rehab isn't exactly a vacation but it pays to know what to bring and what things are permitted inside the treatment facility.


Rehab centres have strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. 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. Part of the procedure is the inspection of your personal effects to make sure that there are no contrabands and other prohibited objects are smuggled in. 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.


You can carry the necessities with yourself. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.



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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. You can check the FAQs if such packing information does not have a dedicated webpage. Some centres are known to offer packing checklists, which is printable that you can refer to while packing. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. 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.


What Most Rehab Centres Recommend You To Carry

The policy of every rehab centre is different, and some can be expected to be stricter than the others.

Please find below the endorsed items:

  • The contact details of the people close to the patient.
  • Person ornaments that are used by the person.
  • Other jewellery with no sentimental value should be left at home.
  • An alarm clock.
  • It is important to get in touch with the rehab clinic before as some of them provide these objects.
  • 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.
  • Some cash can also be carried in small amounts £50-£100 in smaller bills for vending machines and store runs.
  • Bring along your credit cards or check book for settling the payment for new medications.
  • Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • Your personal journal.
  • Stamps and envelopes for mailing letters if you wish to.
  • Some picture of close relatives 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 Clothing You Can Carry

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.

Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. It is best to take along only those clothes that can be cleaned easily.


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

  • Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
  • Shirts: Make sure you bring cardigans that should be worn with tank tops in order to respect the dress code.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • A bathing suit; At least one.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat/jacket.
  • Bathing robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products That Are Acceptable

A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. There are other centres that will let you bring products that do not contain alcohol in the first three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed

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

  • Body sprays
  • A toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair gels
  • Comb / brush
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

Almost all treatment centres have a list of forbidden items and they enforce a set of rules. These items don't guarantee the proper surroundings for your retrieval and aren't safe The names of items in the prohibited items list vary from facility to facility; however nearly every centre prohibits these:

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
  • Weapons
  • Unsuitable videos
  • Food or drinks
  • Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
  • E-cigs
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Nail polish and other related products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Clothing that is not descent
  • Aerosols
  • Peroxide agents
  • Electronic gadgets
  • Gaming materials
  • Incense and candles
  • Drug related clothing

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. The centres do not distractions of any form that would make you lose your focus on your road to recovery. The centre houses most such items and you will enjoy access to them as per the guidelines of your centre.

You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. You will get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. You should look forward to notifying your rehab before being admitted if you have any special dietary requirements.


These Items Are Allowed By Some But Prohibited By Others

Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. While a number of things are prohibited across-the-board exceptions may be made by some facilities for the following.

  • Computer Equipment
  • However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
  • 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.
  • However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
  • Gum
  • They shouldn't have been opened before.
  • Music and CD Player
  • Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
  • Cameras
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Throwaway or Electric Razors
  • This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
  • Disposable razors are allowed in most cases.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Additional Items
  • Some centres allow you to bring your own pillows, bedding or curtains to make you feel at ease.
  • It is best to call up the rehab centre and check if they allow such items.

Can I Get Prohibited Items Back That I Accidentally Took

In cases where you have brought a banned or prohibited item, just keep calm and cooperate. You close relative will be advised to go back with these items. Many others will hold the items for 24 hours until someone comes over to pick them up. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.

There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. They can either send them back to your place or keep them safe till the end of the recovery process.

Make Packing For Rehab Simple To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.


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You can guarantee yourself a more cosy life while in rehab thanks to the numerous clinics that let you do so. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.

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