Here Are Just a Few Things to Bring to Rehab (and What to Leave Behind)

Treatment is intimidating for many reasons. One of which is figuring out how to pack for a new place you have never been for a month or longer. The list of items allowed is also a challenge, but they are in place for the safety of people attending rehab with you. The recommended list of things to bring to treatment is consistent for most places. You should think about bringing things to make you comfortable but only the bare minimum.

Appropriate Clothing

The place you go to rehab matters, so dressing appropriately for the season of the place is going to be important. Pack enough clothes for seven to 10 days. There will be temperature fluctuations for some places, depending on the time of year. Make sure to pack clothing to sleep in that is appropriate. Gym clothes and shoes for outside or working out are key, along with some rain gear. Jewelry should be minimal and appropriate but leave super valuable clothing at home.

Personal Hygiene

Be sure to bring toiletries you have from home. Places may want to have them be new or unopened to prevent any sneaking in of substances. Bring things like shampoo, body wash, makeup, and a hairdryer so you can take care of your personal needs. The items you need should last for 30 days, at least.


You are able to continue using prescribed medications in rehab. In order to ensure prescriptions are authentic and taken as prescribed. Bring them in a pill bottle with the label on it. Clinical teams will have to assess the list of approved medications to be sure you have only what you require.

Reading Material

There will definitely be time to relax, rest, and read when in rehab. Books, journals, and magazines are good ways to spend time. Journals will help you process thoughts and feelings, relieve anxiety, and cope with mental health issues like depression.

Leave Behind

Packing for rehab is stressful, but you can rest easier knowing you can leave the following at home and not bring to rehab to make it a successful journey:

  • Any drugs or alcohol that you may try to sneak in
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Paraphernalia, including any shirts or other items bearing logos that refer to drugs or alcohol
  • Toiletries that may have alcohol should be left at home (mouthwash, nail polish remover, etc)
  • Expensive personal items, including electronics

The biggest thing to think about is recovery. Rehab is to focus on personal introspection and healing from addiction. There are not many things you need to bring, so just be sure to check and make sure you have what you need (and leave what you don’t). Pets provide unconditional love, but treatment centers often don’t allow pets in rehab. They are expenses, time, and energy that a person should use to focus on rehab. Finding someone to care for them should be primary over bringing them to rehab unless they say otherwise.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. We will help you be comfortable while not compromising rehab by bringing in too much distraction. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.