A person about to enter rehab bring items with them

Going to treatment for the very first time can often times be quite overwhelming. This is partially caused sometimes by deciding what and what no to pack for an inpatient rehab stay. While every rehab has different policies, most are fairly similar. Here we breakdown down what you should and should not bring to an inpatient rehab stay.


A good rule of thumb for an inpatient treatment stay is to bring about one A woman packs a suitcase for rehabweek’s worth of clothing to wear. Since space will most likely be a luxury, you should try your best not to pack too many clothing items. Most treatment facilities will provide access to washers and driers as well. So, bring:

  • One week’s worth of clothing
  • Comfortable shoes and slippers for evenings
  • Flip-flops for the shower
  • One or two formal outfits, for family visits or other important events
  • Winter jacket/hat/gloves if necessary
  • Plenty of socks and undergarments

Note – it is typically frowned upon to wear clothing that has offensive or drug/alcohol related content on it

Important Documents, Medications, and Items

Make sure to bring any important documents, items, and information you may need while in treatment. This includes items such as your identification, insurance card/information, and contact information. It is also important to bring any prescription medications you need to take. So, bring:

  • Identification card (driver’s license, ID card, passport, etc)
  • Insurance information (if applicable)
  • A list of important contact’s/loved ones information (in case you are not allowed to have a cell phone)
  • A small amount of cash (usually no more than $100)
  • Medications in their original containers with prescription labels


While most treatment centers will provide you with any basic hygiene items you need, you probably will be more comfortable if you bring your preferred toiletries with you. Certain toiletries, however, might not be allowed- such as alcohol mouthwash and straight razors for example. Bringing travel size items might also be a good idea to save space. So, bring:

  • Shampoo, body wash, and conditioner
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Electric razor or disposable razors (if the treatment center allows them)
  • Deodorant
  • Contact case/solution if needed
  • Soap

Hobby/leisure/personal items

It is important to bring certain hobby, leisure, and personal items that will make your stay more comfortable. It is important to note, however, that each treatment center will likely have differing policies on certain items. So be sure to call ahead. But the following are generally good to go:

  • Pictures of family members, pets, loved ones, etc
  • Books or other reading material
  • A personal music player/headphones
  • Notebook to journal in
  • Some musical instruments, such as a guitar
  • Stamps and envelopes if you plan on writing letters
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What not to bring

While some of these may seem obvious, it is still worth noting. What not to bring:

  • Drugs or alcohol, or any related paraphernalia
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Valuables, such as jewelry or large sums of money
  • Cosmetics, toiletries, or cleaning supplies with alcohol
  • Pornography

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.