Things To Bring To Rehabilitation during-rehab

What Am I Allowed To Bring To Rehab

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


Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.

The admission process begins as soon as you check in. 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.


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 Know What To Pack

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. Although not all centres offer a checklist, some provide the patient in order to prepare them prior to admission. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. They will let you know of all the items. If you have any doubts you will find all the answers and explanations before your admission.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

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

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.).
  • Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
  • Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables at home.
  • An alarm clock without a radio.
  • You will be provided these items in some facilities, so confirm about this before purchasing one.
  • 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.
  • If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
  • 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.
  • 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.].
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • A notebook or a journal.
  • Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
  • Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
  • Tip It is better if you bring paperbacks than hardcovers because they are lighter.

What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary

Be conscious of any limitations on the dress code while packing because most clinics have one. In case where you are not sure, consider to bring articles that you can use in layering in case of cold weather.

Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.

Attire for a week is sufficient as you should be able to wash your clothing in a laundry machine at your centre. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.


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

  • Shoes An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
  • Shirts If you have tank tops you should also be looking forward to packing some cardigans to wear along with them to comply with the dress code of the centres.
  • Pants
  • Shorts They have to be long enough to comply with the clinic's dress code.
  • A couple of special dresses.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suits a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
  • Nightwear.
  • A jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take

All personal hygiene and beauty items have to be 100% alcohol-free in most rehabilitation centres. There are other centres that will let you bring products that do not contain alcohol in the first three ingredients. Do not bring aerosols.

The beauty products you carry should be enough and they are

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
  • Comb
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Not To Take To Rehab

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. These are the screened contrabands

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Opiates and other medicines
  • Sharp tools
  • Materials with sexual content
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
  • E-cigs
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail polish and other related products
  • Computer games
  • Games equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
  • Electrical devices (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Games and playing cards
  • Candles and incense
  • Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.

No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. You will get 3 main meals, along with snacks and beverages. You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.


Items Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do 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
  • However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
  • Don't leave your charger behind.
  • Cigarettes
  • Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
  • Although you have this privilege, you are limited to a number of specified quantities allowed.
  • Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
  • All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
  • Chewing gums
  • Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
  • MP3 Player or CD Player
  • It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
  • Cameras
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Shaving Equipments
  • Because there is risk of injury, many centres don't allow them.
  • Most of the times, throwaway razors are permitted.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Some allow nail clippers, some don't.
  • 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.

What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me

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. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.

You are likely to travel alone if you are commuting by air and so there won't be anyone to take the prohibited items home. You need to be aware of all the rules and restriction in the facility before you come to check in. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.

Packing For Rehab 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. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.


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There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. Our specialists are more than ready to help you find a centre that allows you to do just that.

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