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What Do I Need To Bring To Rehab

What To Carry Along When Going For Rehab

Rehab treatment centres permit certain things and prohibit certain items; you should know the policy of your rehab treatment facility beforehand.


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.

Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. 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. While other centres provide you with the checklist of what you can bring.


However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. The policies on the kind of items you can carry will vary according to the centres.



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How To Find Information About What To Bring

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. Search for the FAQ page if that section is not present. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. 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 Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You

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

Majority of centres advise patients to bring these:

  • A list of names, home addresses, and telephone numbers of the people you want to be part of your therapy (those you care about, medical professionals, 12 step guarantors, etc.).
  • Jewels like your wedding ring or a watch that you wear every day and deem as necessary.
  • On the contrary, keep your valued objects at your dwelling.
  • A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
  • It is important to get in touch with the rehab clinic before as some of them provide these objects.
  • 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.
  • A bit of cash (from £50 to £100 in small bills for store runs, vending machine, etc.)
  • 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.].
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • Your personal journal.
  • Envelopes and stamps.
  • Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • 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

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.

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.


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: For slightly revealing articles, you may bring cardigans or pullovers to cover it to avoid dress code policy issues.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
  • Dressy outfits for special occasions like the family night will also be useful.
  • Socks
  • Undergarments.
  • A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat/jacket.
  • Bathing robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take

Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic products. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. Aerosols are not allowed.

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

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling spray
  • Comb / brush
  • Feminine wash or hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:

  • Drugs and booze
  • Sedatives or forbidden prescriptions
  • Sharp tools
  • Pornography
  • Food and drink
  • Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
  • E cigarettes
  • Medications that are not prescribed
  • Nail polish and other related products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Games equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
  • Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
  • Games and playing cards
  • 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 recovery procedure usually requires maximum concentration and that is why some items are not allowed. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.

Outside catering is also prohibited because the food you eat needs to be according to the standards. 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.


Items Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do Not

Every rehab centre has its own policies and some may prohibit an item which is allowed at the other. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:

  • Computer Equipment
  • The laptops and pcs are restricted in some places while allowed in others depending on the rehabs policies.
  • You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
  • 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.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
  • Chewing gum
  • They have to be closed and sealed.
  • Music and CD Player
  • You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
  • Camera
  • For patients who are photography enthusiasts, the are allowed with the privilege to bring their cameras with them.
  • Razors
  • This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
  • The rehab you check in might allow some type of shaving equipment.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
  • Objects That Make You Feel At Home
  • The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
  • It is best to call up the rehab centre and check if 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 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.

There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. In case you pack something, which is prohibited by mistake you will want to ensure that those items will be returned during some stage. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Preparing Your Stuff For Rehab Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. As a generally suggested idea, pack and travel light and keep it to bare essentials.


Find Support Now

No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.

Contact your clinic by giving us a phone call now on 0800 246 1509.