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What To Take To Rehab

What Am I Allowed To Bring To 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.


What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. 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. All the items that are not allowed will be eliminated at this step. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.


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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Looking For Packing Info

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. 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

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:

  • Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
  • You are also allowed to carry the jewellery which is used regularly and is considered as a necessity like your wedding rings or a watch.
  • Other jewellery with no sentimental value should be left at home.
  • An alarm clock.
  • In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
  • Existing prescription medication should have complete and accurate labels and original container.
  • 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.
  • Your payment card in the form of debit/debit card or your check book.
  • 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 diary.
  • If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
  • Some picture of close relatives and friends.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
  • Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.

What Attire Is Needed

Most centres for rehab adhere to a strict dress code, and therefore, it is essential for you to be aware about any restrictions, which may apply during the packing. In case where you are not sure, consider to bring articles that you can use in layering in case of cold weather.

This however does not mean that you should carry your whole closet.

You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. Clothes that are easily cleaned are the best to carry.


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

  • Shoes: Bring the shoes that you feel comfortable in .
  • Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
  • A couple of special dresses.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat/jacket.
  • A bathrobe.
  • A belt.
  • A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. Some may allow you to bring products, which do not have alcohol within the first three ingredients that are listed. No aerosols are allowed.

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

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairspray
  • Hair brush
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Things You Cannot Bring To The Rehabilitation Centre

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. This is because they might compromise the recovery process of the patient or even put their lives at risk. Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Sedatives or forbidden prescriptions
  • Weapons
  • Pornography
  • Food items
  • Toiletries and beauty products which contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)
  • E-cigs
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Games equipment
  • Clothing that is not descent
  • Aerosols
  • Peroxide agents
  • Any forms of electronic equipment.
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense or candles
  • 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. They will provide screening schedules or any equivalent at their specified time.

Most clinics will prohibit food and drinks coming from outside as they don't respect proper sugar and caffeine quantities. 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

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.

  • Your Laptop and Smartphone
  • You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
  • Just make sure that your chargers and power cords are brought with you.
  • Cigarettes
  • There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
  • A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
  • Vitamins and Legal Medicines
  • These products must be new and unopened.
  • Gum
  • They shouldn't have been opened before.
  • Music and CD Player
  • It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
  • Camera
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
  • Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Some allow nail clippers, some don't.
  • Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
  • The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
  • Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.

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. 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.

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 should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. You also need to be sure of the safety of your items if they are not allowed inside the facility. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.

Packing For Rehab If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. Pack only what you need as an advice.


Act Now For Help

There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. 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.