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What to Bring to Addiction Rehab

by Landmark Recovery

September 7, 2020
A man bringing his suitcases for rehab outside

After making the difficult but ultimately life-changing decision to get treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, you may be wondering what to pack. There are specific items you’ll need for admission, like a photo ID, but also things you’ll want to have for comfort. Remember, most people stay at an addiction treatment center for between 20 and 40 days. It’s also important to know what not to bring.

What to Bring to Addiction Treatment

When you enter treatment, it’s essential that you bring these items with you:

  • Valid photo ID, either a driver’s license, state ID, or passport
  • Medical insurance cards
  • A list of your medications, including brands, dosages, and any known allergies
  • A notebook and writing implements for taking notes and/or personal reflection


Be sure to pack a week’s worth of comfortable clothing and casual shoes for everyday wear. Your time in rehab will also involve some light physical activity like yoga classes and walking, so bring athletic apparel and footwear suitable for exercise.

What Clothing to Bring to Rehab

  • Sweatpants
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Athletic shoes
  • Comfortable footwear

Avoid excessively bare clothing, including crop tops, shirts that expose your midriff, and short-shorts. Sleeveless shirts and tank tops are acceptable if they are covered by a sweater or cardigan, or worn over another garment of clothing that covers the shoulders.


Please bring your regular toiletries, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, alcohol-free mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Feel free to bring any hair or skincare products that you use as part of your care routine, as well as disposable shaving items.


If you would like to make calls while you are in rehab, bring a contact list of whom you would like to connect with during your treatment. You can also bring stamps and envelopes to write letters.

You may also bring your own food items, as long as the snacks are prepackaged and the drinks are factory-sealed. Juice, soda, water, and tea are acceptable, but not energy drinks like Monster or Redbull. We have prepaid cards and snacks available to purchase if you prefer.

For entertainment, downtime, and personal use, you are welcome to bring books and other reading materials, spiritual items, family photographs, mementos, and MP3 players. Keep in mind that our facility does not offer Wi-Fi or allow cameras.

NOTE: If we are providing transportation to the treatment center you are only allowed to bring two bags or suitcases.

What Not to Bring to Addiction Treatment

You aren’t permitted to bring substances of any kind to rehab, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Leave over-the-counter medication at home. Landmark has a strict policy regarding pornography and weapons. Anything sharp that can cause bodily harm, including scissors, knives, and blades are forbidden.

Additionally, do not bring:

  • Cash, checks, or payment cards (besides the prepaid variety mentioned above)
  • Aerosols
  • Heating pads or electric blankets
  • Hemp products
  • Magic markers, sharpies, white-out
  • Marital aids, condoms
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Perfume, cologne, aftershave
  • Nail polish, polish remover
  • Cell phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, video games or DVD’s
  • Candles and incense

We ask that you abide by these simple rules during your stay, so that you can focus on your wellness. We aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible while keeping you, our staff, and other clients safe, happy, and healthy.

If you have any questions or concerns about what you should and should not bring to rehab, reach out today. We’re always here to help.