A general rule of thumb is to pack one large piece of luggage containing about a week’s worth of clothing, accounting for changes of weather. Keep in mind that the clothing cannot contain any offensive language or drug-related references. It is also advisable to pack workout clothing, sneakers, a swimsuit (one piece for ladies and knee-length swimming trunks for men, flip flops, and a sweater. Avoid bringing any valuables that that may be removed and lost during your stay at rehab.
Hygiene products are to be unopened. This includes items like shampoo and conditioner, face-wash, toothpaste, mouthwash, sunscreen, feminine products, lotion, and any basic makeup that you choose to bring. Also, be sure to read the labels on any toiletries to confirm that alcohol is not one of the top ingredients. Toiletries made with alcohol should be left at home.
Finally, we recommend bringing any photos of family, friends, or even pets. Patients like feeling connected to their loved ones through these pictures, and they can also serve as motivation to stay the course in rehab.
Any prescription medications that are taken regularly should be brought to rehab. These medications must be in their original packaging, including vitamins. It is also helpful to write a list of your medications and dosages to give to the medical team. While you may not be given access to all of your prescription meds during rehab, it will be helpful to have them so that the doctors on staff have a good handle on your medical needs.
What Should You Not Pack for Rehab?
Understanding what not to bring to rehab is just as important as what to bring to rehab. Addiction recovery requires a unique level of focus and certain items may serve as a detrimental distraction. Every drug and alcohol rehab has specific rules regarding what not to bring. The following items are generally not accepted at a treatment center.