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Things To Bring To Rehabilitation

What Should I Carry When Checking Into 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.


What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. 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. 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.


However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.



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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. In case this page is missing, you must check the FAQ page which too can contain packing information. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. If you are still unable to find the information required you are advised to contact the admissions office of the rehab. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. If you have any doubts you will find all the answers and explanations before your admission.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

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

These are some of the things that you will find allowed in most rehabs:

  • A list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of people you wish to have involved within your treatment [loved ones, healthcare professionals, twelve-step sponsors, etc.].
  • Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
  • Other items can just be left at home.
  • You can carry an alarm clock which does not have a 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.
  • 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.
  • A bit of cash (from £50 to £100 in small bills for store runs, vending machine, etc.)
  • Bring along your credit cards or check book for settling the payment for new medications.
  • Identification information.
  • All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
  • Your personal journal.
  • Envelopes and stamps.
  • Some picture of close relatives and friends.
  • Books and magazines will probably be given by your clinic.
  • If you wish to carry reading materials for yourselves, you must understand that the subjects must only be on the recovery, self-help and spiritually oriented.
  • TIP: Should you bring books, we recommend you to bring paperbacks as they are more handy than hardbacks.

The Attire You Should Have With You

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.

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. 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: An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
  • Shirts: Make sure you bring cardigans that should be worn with tank tops in order to respect the dress code.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Socks.
  • Underwear.
  • A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

Rehab centres require every toiletries and beauty products to be free absolutely from alcohol. Some may allow you to bring products, which do not have alcohol within the first three ingredients that are listed. No aerosols are allowed.

Personal hygiene and beauty products that last for a month have to be carried along and they are:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hair wash and care products
  • Hair styling products (pump hair spray only)
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine wash or hygiene products
  • 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. 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:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
  • Weapons
  • Pornography
  • Food and drink
  • Everyday stuff containing alcohol
  • E-cigarettes
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Nail polish, polish remover and synthetic nail related products
  • Movie DVDs and games
  • Sporting equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia
  • Electrical devices (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense or candles
  • Drug related clothing

Games and playing cards, video games and DVDs, and sporting apparatus may leave you wondering. 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.

Most clinics will prohibit food and drinks coming from outside as they don't respect proper sugar and caffeine quantities. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.


These Items Are Permitted By Some Clinics But Not Others

Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:

  • Smartphones and Laptops
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
  • Cigarettes
  • There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
  • You might not be allowed to bring more than a specific number of cartons.
  • Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
  • All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
  • Gum
  • They shouldn't have been opened before.
  • MP3 and CD Players
  • It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
  • Cameras
  • Cameras should also not access the internet.
  • Throwaway or Electric Razors
  • Due to their dangerousness, razors may be forbidden in certain clinics.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Cutters
  • It depends with the requirement in the facility.
  • Personalizing Your Room To Make It Feel Homey
  • Some centres allow you to bring your own pillows, bedding or curtains to make you feel at ease.
  • Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

In cases where you have brought a banned or prohibited item, just keep calm and cooperate. The forbidden objects that you carried to the clinic will be given back to the person who took you there. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. Other centres will just keep them for your and return the same once you have cleared the program and leave the centre.

In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.

Packing For Rehabilitation Can Be Easy Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. They always have documents that give details of this information. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.


Reach Out For Help Today

No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.

Contact us now on 0800 246 1509 so we can match a centre to your needs.