People on their way to rehab can have a difficult time deciding what to pack. Some may bring a few items, others may grab everything they own, while others enter with only the clothes on their back. Often it becomes challenging to decide because they are packing their clothes on their own. At Carus Recovery, we want to make it easy for you of what to pack for rehab.
What to Pack for Rehab: Too Much or Too Little?
Before you get to rehab, you can speak to someone on the phone who can provide you with a list of what is acceptable at their facility, what the weather may be like (if you’re coming from a long distance) and what amenities they have (gym, pool, yoga, spa, etc.)
Think about going traveling for 7-10 days, and what you would bring, that’s generally about how many items can come with you and be comfortable. If the rehab is in an area where the weather changes, be sure to layer. (Like at Carus Recovery in Los Angeles- the nights may be cool, while the days can be quite hot, depending on the time of year.)
When arriving at rehab, you will start the admissions process which will include answering some questions with a counselor and having your bags inspected. Many places will create an inventory checklist of your items to make sure what you packed is what you will leave with.
You will want to also ask if you get a private or shared room, as space for personal items may be limited.
What Should not Get Packed for Rehab?
For women, it is especially important to bring appropriate clothing when staying in a co-ed rehab. Low-cut shirts, short-shorts, or anything revealing should stay out of the suitcase.
For men and women– clothing with derogatory sayings or any type of drug culture logos will be frowned upon and asked to be taken off.
Everyday jewelry is fine, but valuables should stay at home. Some rehab will have lockers for valuables, though the rule of thumb is to leave precious item at home.
Check with the admissions counselor before packing electronics and computers– many rehabs will not allow any item that can connect to the outside world, although some will approve cell phones.
Remember to Pack the Following:
- insurance card
- medications (if applicable)
- a small amount of cash ($50-$100) & credit cards
- legal info (if applicable)
- a list of names with phone numbers and addresses of people you want to contact you when you’re in rehab
- paperback book, journal, or art pad
Tip: When you stay the required time in treatment, you might be leaving with a few more items that you came with- so be sure to leave some room in your suitcase when you come. When thinking about what to pack for rehab, you may want optional items such as:
- bathing suit (there may be water outings and/or a pool)
- basic toiletries
- house shoes
- exercise shoes (gym, workouts, hiking, walks)
- stamps for mailing letters
Nothing to Pack?
Often the treatment center will have some clothing and toiletries that have been left by other clients or donated to the center. If they don’t have appropriate items for you, they will most likely provide shopping days where you may buy something for yourself. Let them know if you don’t have much and what you might need when you get there.
What to pack for rehab isn’t as important as where to go for rehab. And the trouble with addiction is that it gets progressively worse without treatment. If you or someone you know appears to have an addiction, please reach out for help before it’s too late. The team at CARUS Recovery, a nationally-known drug and alcohol treatment center in Los Angeles, is ready to answer your questions and give you the support you need. Call us at 877-225-7724 to learn more about our programs and services.