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Packing for Rehab: A General How-To Guide

Congratulations! You have reached a fork in the road, and you chose the path towards wellness. Knowing what to pack for rehab is the next item on your list. Packing for rehab is simpler than it might seem. The key is to be practical and remember that knowing what you should not bring can be just as important as what you should. Luckily most facilities have a ready-made FAQ or guide for you. That’s going to be your starting point. If you think of anything not covered there, your friendly admissions department folks will have the answers you seek.

By now, you’ve finished your clinical intake with the admissions department. You have cruised the website and checked out the picture galleries. You’ve had your questions answered, at least what you could think of. Your travel arrangements have likely been made too. So it’s down to what to pack for rehab. We have put together some fundamental tips and general rules for you below, but always check with the admissions department if there is something you’re unsure of.


What Clothes to Pack for Rehab

The first thing most people pack for any trip is usually clothing, which will make up the bulk of what you pack. Obviously, you’ve got to have stuff to wear! The rule with packing for rehab is to keep it simple. Remember you’re going to treatment to focus on getting healthy. You want to be as comfortable as possible, and you want clothes that are super easy to care for. It’s not a fashion show; after all, everyone will be dressing for comfort and ease of care. Here are some basics

Do Bring:

  • Comfortable 100% cotton T-shirts, shorts and sweatpants
  • A hoodie (rooms can sometimes be cold, and a cozy hoodie is great to have)
  • Cotton underwear and socks (leave the delicate stuff at home)
  • A warm jacket, hat and gloves (if seasonally appropriate)
  • Comfortable sneakers
  • Slides, sandals or Crocs.
  • About 7-10 days worth of clothing (you’ll be able to do laundry)

Don’t Bring:

  • T-shirts that promote drugs or alcohol or have profanity or anything inappropriate.
  • Clothes that need dry-cleaning or special care.
  • Revealing clothing or swimsuits, thongs, yoga pants, short-shorts, etc.


What Else Should I Pack for Rehab?

Once you have your clothing situation sorted out, it’s time to look at the rest of your packing. You will want to bring any prescribed medications in the original bottles. Also, bring your insurance card and government-issued photo ID. If you’re flying, remember that TSA has strict rules about liquids and aerosols like hair spray or cologne (best to leave those at home). It’s a good idea to refer to the TSA checklist before packing.

You will be engaged in lots of treatment activities and therapy while you’re at Promises Brazos Valley, but it’s nice to have a few diversions for your downtime. Light reading material, magazines or books are good to bring. A music player, like an inexpensive MP3 player or even a radio with headphones, is great as well; just make sure it doesn’t have a camera or access to the Internet.

It’s a good idea to leave unnecessary things at home. Items like jewelry, watches or similar things that are valuable or small and easily lost should stay at home. You will likely change locations where you sleep while you’re here, so pack light and sensibly.

Here are a few of the basics; again check with the FAQ and your admissions department for more details:

  • Insurance card
  • State-issued photo ID
  • Prescribed medications, in the original bottles
  • Toiletries (nothing with alcohol, alcohol-free mouthwash is available)
  • Sunglasses and eyeglasses
  • Light reading material (magazines, books)
  • An admissions-approved music player


You’re on Your Way

You are going to love being in recovery. Yes, there will be some challenges in the beginning, no doubt. But you have an entire group of experienced professionals who are ready and waiting to help you. You’re also going to meet other people on a similar journey to yours.

Remember that you are not alone. We would love to have the opportunity to treat you here at Promises Brazos Valley. If you have any questions about treatment here or packing for rehab, please get in touch with our admissions department. You can also give us a call directly at (844) 667-8240.

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