You’re excited about the decision you made to begin a healthy lifestyle. Are you as excited to pack?

Getting ready for treatment shouldn’t be stressful. If you know what to bring and not bring when checking into rehab beforehand, you can go in focused and ready to recover.

The most commonly asked questions about packing for rehab include:

  • What should I pack for rehab?
  • Which items are generally permitted in rehab?
  • What items are generally not permitted in rehab?
  • When should I find out the policies of the treatment center beforehand?

In this guide you’ll find the answers to all these questions and more so you can check in prepared.

What should I pack for rehab?


Of course you need to bring clothes to rehab. Your clinic will most likely have laundry facilities, but bring enough clothing for seven to 10 days.

Also consider the weather. If the seasons are changing soon, look ahead and bring warm clothing if you need it.

Finally, while most of your clothes can be casual, take at least one nicer outfit for ceremonies or church.


You’ll need to go through the usual checklist of toiletries. These include:

  • Shampoo and bodywash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Contacts and solution
  • Makeup

Identification and documentation

You’ll need your ID to check in, and you’ll want your insurance documents so you don’t have to worry about all the paperwork while you’re in rehab.

Books and notebooks

Most rehab places have a well-stocked library, but if you have a book that’s important to you, go ahead and bring it. Also bring a journal or notebook to write and process your thoughts throughout your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

Items Generally Permitted

Prescription medications

You’ll need your prescription medications in rehab. Just make sure you take them in their original packaging and bring the prescription if you still have it. Most likely, you’ll turn the medication over to a nurse who will dispense it when you need it.

Photos and trinkets

You’re welcome to bring pictures of your family or other knick-knacks that remind you of your loved ones back home. When you’re getting ready for treatment, pack a few of these things to make your time there more comfortable.

Items Generally Not Permitted

Drugs and alcohol

As you can probably guess, you can’t bring alcohol or illicit drugs to rehab. In most cases, this is grounds for discharge from the program.

Additionally, don’t bring any prescription drugs if the packaging is open or if you don’t have an official prescription from a medical doctor.


Rehab should be a safe and peaceful place, so weapons like firearms or knives are not allowed. This also applies to items you might not think about like razor blades or multi-tools.

Find Out the Policy of the Rehab


Whether your rehab facility will allow you to use tobacco products depends on their own preferences and local and state laws. Many places will let you smoke, but others may restrict it to outdoors or prohibit it altogether.

Check online or ask a representative whether you can bring tobacco.

Cell phones

The cell-phone policy also usually varies by center. Some limit contact with the outside world so you can focus on your treatment plan. Others consider contact with friends and family essential to the process.

You don’t want to bring your cell phone just to have to turn it over to the staff, so check ahead of time.

Jewelry and valuables

Most treatment centers will let you bring jewelry or minor valuables like trinkets. However, if something is excessively valuable, the center may not want to assume the risk of conflict among their clients.

For your more expensive items, ask before you check in and leave them at home if the center requests.

Get Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, the time for treatment is now. Don’t let your packing checklist stop you. The sooner you start down the path to recovery, the sooner you can enjoy a new healthy lifestyle with your family and friends.

From detox admission to targeted therapy, deciding on a personalized rehabilitation program is the first step. Then you just have to pack your suitcase. Call Rehab Adviser today to learn more about your treatment options for drug and alcohol abuse.


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