Ideal Packing List For Going To Rehab

Entering rehab is a scary time for anyone. Working out the logistics of leaving daily life and entering a whole new world can seem overwhelming, even for the most organized person.

When life taking such an important turn, you need to have the proper tools with you to support you on your journey. Although packing lists vary slightly from facility to facility, there are some standard items that are needed to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Seasonal clothing

Most centers recommend packing enough clothing for a seven to ten-day vacation, with comfortable items that you can layer and wear interchangeably. Packing something comfortable to sleep in as well will ensure that you have what you need in order to get adequate rest.

Working out is an integral part of the addiction recovery process, so it might be a good idea to bring workout wear as well as a pair of tennis shoes for your time in the gym.

There will be times that you will be spending time outdoors, enjoying walks and community gatherings with other patients. You’ll want to bring adequate outdoor gear like jackets, raingear, and perhaps even cold weather clothing to protect you against the elements. Comfort is key here–uncomfortable physical sensations can add to your emotional stress; do yourself a favor and bring what you need to be most comfortable, no matter what your conditions.


Generally speaking, it is acceptable to bring your favorite pieces of jewelry with you to rehab, although it is recommended that you leave valuable pieces at home. Bring what you wish to wear to make yourself feel good.


It is required that you bring your own toiletries with you to treatment. Items should be unopened and in their original packaging, and you should have enough to last you thirty days. Include regular comforts such as shampoo, body wash, conditioner, hair products, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant. Should you run out, you will need to talk to your caregivers to help you obtain more of what you need.

Identification And Insurance Card

A rehab center will need to identify you upon arrival, and they will need your insurance card for their records.

Doctor Approved Medications

While you are allowed to use your doctor approved medications while in rehab, make sure you cross your t’s and dot your i’s. Have the proper documentation of your prescriptions, and make sure all approved medications are in bottles with prescription labels attached. Providing your care team with a list of the medications you are currently taking will allow them to provide you with better care.

Important Contact Information

When someone enters treatment, it can be a scary and stressful time for the entire family. Treatment centers will need contact information for family members to keep them informed and updated about your treatment process.

Books And Journals

This is an incredible time for introspection and learning about yourself. In addition, there may be times where you just want to “check out” and get lost in a good book. Providing yourself with some of those extra comforts and indulgences from home will help you to document your process for your own benefit and the benefit of others. Bring what inspires you, bring what eases your stress, bring what allows you to be emotionally aware and open to change. What an opportunity for learning and growth! Embrace it!

Is There Anything I Cannot Bring?

There are some things that are strictly banned at any rehab center–any attempts to bring these items with you or use them during your treatment will result in disciplinary action:

  • Drugs or alcohol of any kind
  • Weapons
  • Drug or alcohol paraphernalia
  • Toiletries containing alcohol
  • Outside food and drink
  • Expensive jewelry items or large amounts of cash

In addition, the use of cell phones is prohibited, although some situations necessitate the use of phones to communicate with family members and friends of those in treatment. Use of phones is at the discretion of the staff and management of the facility.

If you have any questions about policy, it is best to contact your treatment facility well before your projected arrival date. Minimizing stress while planning for this pivotal time in your life will aid you in achieving your recovery goals and continuing on a successful pathway forward in life. If you are ready to get started, call 770-299-1677 and we will help you find the right facility for your recovery. We are here to help; call us 24 hours a day for additional support and assistance with this very important step. Best of luck to your in your endeavors!