Packing for Rehab: Preparing for a Successful Recovery

Going to rehab is a brave and life-changing decision. It can be overwhelming to prepare for the journey ahead but don’t worry. We are here to help you prepare for your stay in rehab with our complete guide on ‘What to Bring to Rehab.’ In this article, we will discuss everything you need to bring with you to ensure a successful and comfortable recovery.

What to Bring to Rehab: The Essentials

A woman packs clothe as part of what to pack for rehab at South Shores

Before leaving for rehab, make sure to pack all the necessary documents. These may include your driver’s license, insurance card, and any legal documents. It’s also essential to have contact information for your healthcare providers and loved ones in case of an emergency.

What to Wear to Rehab

It’s important to pack comfortable and practical clothing that will help you feel relaxed during your stay in rehab. Pack clothing that is easy to layer, as temperatures in rehab facilities can vary. Avoid packing any clothing that has drug or alcohol references.

Toiletries and Personal Care Items

Pack all the essential toiletries and personal care items you need to maintain your hygiene and grooming routine. Make sure to pack enough of your prescription medication and over-the-counter medication, like pain relievers and antacids.

Electronics and Entertainment

Many rehab facilities have strict policies regarding electronics and entertainment items. Make sure to check with your rehab facility before bringing any electronic devices like laptops, tablets, or cell phones. If allowed, pack chargers and headphones for entertainment.

Gear for Our Rehab Activities and Programs

Bring comfortable clothes for any physical activities, like yoga or exercise classes, and books or journals to document your journey. Participating in rehabilitation activities and programs can help you stay motivated and engaged during your stay at South Shores.

When going to rehab, it is important to know what to bring and what not to bring. Most rehab centers have strict policies on what is allowed, so it is best to check with the center beforehand to avoid any complications. The following checklists provide a guide on what is recommended to bring to rehab and what is prohibited.

A Checklist of What to Bring

Prescription medications show what to bring to rehab at South Shores Recovery
  1. A list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of those involved in your treatment, such as loved ones, healthcare professionals, and 12-step sponsors.
  2. Jewelry that you wear every day, such as your wedding ring or watch. Leave valuable items at home.
  3. An alarm clock that does not have a radio. Some rehab centers supply these, so check beforehand.
  4. Current prescription medications in the original pharmacy bottle with the information label intact. Bring a list of all your medications and dosages.
  5. A small amount of cash ($50 to $100 in smaller bills) for store runs, vending machines, etc.
  6. Your checkbook, credit card or debit card to pay for treatment medications.
  7. Your insurance cards and a form of identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.).
  8. A calling card (if required by the facility for long distance phone calls).
  9. A notebook or journal.
  10. Stamps and envelopes if you wish to mail letters.
  11. Pictures of your loved ones to keep in your room or wallet.
  12. Paperback books that are recovery, self-help, or spiritually oriented. The rehab center may provide reading materials.

What Clothing to Bring to South Shores

  1. Comfy shoes for everyday wear, tennis shoes for activities/sports, and flip flops for the shower.
  2. Shirts, pants, shorts (may have to comply with dress code), and one or two “dressy” outfits for special occasions.
  3. Socks and undergarments.
  4. A bathing suit (one piece for women, trunks for men).
  5. Pajamas, a coat/jacket, a bathrobe, a belt, a hat (if allowed), and slippers.

What Hygiene and Beauty Products to Bring

  1. Alcohol-free toiletries and beauty products.
  2. Thirty days’ worth of toiletries and beauty products, including deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, hair styling products (pump hair spray only), comb/brush, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream, lotion, sunscreen, and makeup.

What Not to Bring to South Shores

  1. Drugs and alcohol.
  2. Narcotics or prohibited prescriptions.
  3. Weapons (guns, knives, scissors, sharp objects, etc.).
  4. Pornography.
  5. Food or drinks.
  6. Toiletries and beauty products that contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.).
  7. Electronic cigarettes.
  8. Unapproved or previously opened over-the-counter medications.
  9. Nail polish, polish remover, or synthetic nail related products.
  10. Video games, DVDs, and sporting equipment.
  11. Revealing clothing (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.).
  12. Aerosols.
  13. Cleaning supplies (bleach, ammonia, etc.).
  14. Electronics (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.).
  15. Games and playing cards.
  16. Candles and incense.
  17. Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol, or violence.

It is important to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and comfortable stay in rehab. These restrictions are put in place to create a conducive environment for your recovery. If you are unsure about an item, it is best to contact the rehab center beforehand.

Proper Preparation for Your Recovery Journey

Going to rehab at South Shores Recovery will be a life-changing and rewarding experience. With proper preparation and the right mindset, you can make the most out of your stay. Make sure to pack all the essential items mentioned in this guide and prepare yourself mentally for the journey ahead.

We hope this guide has been helpful in preparing you for your stay in rehab. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Admissions team. Remember, you are not alone, and help is waiting!