When you commit to receiving addiction treatment at a drug rehab center, the journey is just beginning. There are many questions you might have, from in-depth questions about the treatment you will receive to more trivial questions. All of these questions are important, and you can reach out to the professional staff at the drug rehab center for answers specific to the facility.

One important question that must be considered before you begin your stay at a drug rehab facility is what you will be allowed to bring with you when you begin your stay. Each drug rehab facility has its own strict policies that detail what is and is not allowed in their center. It’s crucial that you ask your facility for a list of these items so that you not only bring everything that you will need, but also you do not bring anything prohibited.

Typically, whatever you bring to rehab will be subject to inspection. During an inspection of your belongings, the drug rehab center staff will catalog your items to ensure you leave with everything you brought as well as checking for any prohibited items. While each drug rehab center varies in the items they allow, we will cover below some of the general items that are allowed in most facilities, as well as items that are usually prohibited.

Recommended Items

General Items

As stated before, every rehab facility has its own unique policies. There are, however, general recommendations of what you should bring to rehab:

  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the family, friends, and medical professionals that will be involved in your treatment
  • Alarm clock
  • Prescription medication (ensure that you bring it in the bottle labeled by the pharmacy)
  • List of all medications and dosages you are currently taking
  • Cash (a small amount, between $50 to $100)
  • Credit card, debit card, or checkbook for treatment payment
  • Insurance information
  • Government-issued ID card
  • Calling card for long-distance calls
  • Notebook
  • Envelopes and stamps
  • Pictures of loved ones
  • Books (you will most likely be provided with reading materials, but if you wish to bring your own it’s recommended that they are self-help, recovery, or spiritually oriented)


Just as the list of recommended items varies at each drug rehab center, so does the dress code. It’s also important to take varying weather conditions into consideration. The best plan is to pack layers so that you can accommodate any changes in weather. As for the amount of clothing to bring, a week’s worth of clothes should be sufficient. Try to pack as light as possible, and keep in mind that you will most likely have access to laundry facilities.

Here are our clothing recommendations for rehab:

  • Comfortable shoes, tennis shoes, and flip flops for the shower
  • T-shirts
  • Pants
  • Shorts (be wary of their length, as to adhere to your rehab’s specific dress code)
  • A formal outfit for special occasions
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Bathing suit (conservative—one-piece for women and trunks for men)
  • Pajamas
  • Coat or jacket
  • Bathrobe
  • Belt
  • Hat
  • Slippers


When you are packing toiletries for your stay in a rehab center, keep in mind that any products you bring should be alcohol-free and non-aerosol. To ensure you don’t run out, try to bring a thirty-day supply of:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products (keep in mind to avoid aerosol products)
  • Comb or brush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Lotion
  • Makeup

Prohibited Items

Each drug rehab center will prohibit different items in accordance with their strict policies. Some of the forbidden items may seem strange; however items are prohibited for a reason–to guarantee the safety and unshaken focus of patients. Almost always, the following items are prohibited in rehab facilities:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Narcotics
  • Weapons
  • Pornography
  • Food/drink
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Unapproved or open bottles of over the counter medications
  • Nail polish, nail polish remover
  • Video games, DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Clothing not suited to the dress code
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Electronics
  • Games, playing cards
  • Candles, incense


Checking into rehab can be an intimidating process—you most likely have many questions. By reaching out to your rehab facility’s staff, you can get answers to all of these questions so that your treatment will run smoothly. You may be curious about what specific items you can and cannot bring to rehab. Each facility is different, so you will still need to contact your rehab, but hopefully this article gave you insight on the general recommended and prohibited items.