what to pack for rehab

What to Bring to an Inpatient Rehab

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Over 1.3 million Americans enter a rehab facility each year to fight an addiction. If you’re among them, you deserve congratulations for taking this important and brave first step towards sobriety!

You may also be wondering exactly what you should bring with you for your stay in rehab. While this varies by treatment center, we’ve pulled together a general list to give you an idea of what to take with you—and what you should leave at home.

Generally speaking, you are encouraged to bring the following items with you when you go to and inpatient rehab:

Packing Checklist For Inpatient Treatment:

  • Seasonal Clothes:

    Most rehab centers recommend packing enough clothes for a seven to 10-day vacation. Keep in mind temperatures fluctuate from day to night, and it’s a good idea to pack clothes that are easy to layer. Be sure to pack an appropriate outfit to sleep in, too.

    Since working out is an excellent addiction recovery tool, many rehab facilities will have the option to exercise regularly. Pack gym clothes and sneakers for outdoor activities or time spent exercising.

    Also, keep in mind the location of the rehab facility and time of year that you are going. If there is going to be snow or rain, pack a pair of shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet.

    Feel free to bring your everyday jewelry pieces with you. You should feel comfortable with what you’re in, and for many people, this includes their jewelry. However, it is recommended that valuable pieces stay at home.

  • Toiletries:

    You should bring your own personal hygiene items with you to rehab. Keep in mind that many facilities will ask you to bring these items new or unopened. Your toiletry should include items like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, basic makeup, hairbrush, and hairdryer- if necessary. The items that you bring will need to last you for at least 30 days.

  • Identification and insurance card:

    A treatment facility will need to identify you upon your arrival. Due to this, it’s important to bring your driver’s license or some form of personal identification. Additionally, your rehab facility will need a copy of your insurance card (if applicable) for their record, so remember to bring your card with you.

  • Medications:

    You are allowed to continue using your doctor-prescribed medications while in rehab. To ensure that the prescriptions are authentic and taken as prescribed, you must bring them to a pill bottle with the original label. It’s also helpful for the clinical team to have a list of medications you were previously on.

  • Other Items:
  • Cigarettes: If you smoke, most rehab facilities will allow you to bring cigarettes with you. While smoking rules will vary on where the treatment center is located, complete smoking bans in rehab facilities are rare. If your treatment center allows cigarettes and you do bring them to rehab, make sure that the package you bring is unopened and that you pack enough to last the duration of your stay.

    List of important phone numbers: When a loved one goes to treatment, it can be stressful and scary for their family. Treatment centers will want a way to get in contact with the most important people in your life, so they can keep them informed throughout the treatment process.

    Books and a journal: While your days in rehab will be filled with group time, therapy sessions and more, there will still be some downtime throughout the process. It’s recommended that you bring something to read and a journal with you to occupy your spare time. Both activities have been shown to help manage stress, reduce anxiety and cope with depression.

What Can I Not Bring To Inpatient Rehab?

  • When packing for rehab, here is a list of the items you should leave behind:

  • Drugs or alcohol:

    It might seem self-explanatory, but some clients may try to sneak in a last minute fix. However, your belongings will be searched before entering rehab.

  • Drug or alcohol paraphernalia:
  • This includes anything that advertises or glorifies using drugs or alcohol.
  • Weapons:

    Any objects that could be considered dangerous will not be allowed in treatment. If you do bring them, they will be confiscated during your bag search.

  • Food and drink:
  • Outside snacks and beverages will not be allowed in rehab.
  • Expensive jewelry or large sums of cash:
  •  Since most items will be provided for you, bringing large amounts of money to rehab isn’t necessary and could easily get lost during travel. Likewise, expensive or sentimental jewelry pieces are safer at home
  • Toiletries that contain alcohol:

    Leave any alcohol-based products at home, like certain mouthwashes, nail polish remover, perfumes and aerosols.

Where Your Loved One Can Seek Addiction Treatment

If your loved one has been struggling with addiction, Pinnacle Peak can help. Here, at Pinnacle Peak Recovery, we provide an intimate, family-like environment for those seeking recovery from addiction. During their time in our program, clients will learn how to stay sober and rebuild a life that’s worth living.


Some various addiction treatment programs we offer here include the following:

  • Inpatient drug rehab
  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Strong alumni community

Call Pinnacle Peak Recovery today at 866-954-0524 to help your loved one receive the treatment they deserve.

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