If you or your loved one have enrolled in a treatment program at a luxury rehab, you’ve already done the important part: taking a critical step toward addressing your addiction. To help make sure your primary treatment goes as smoothly as possible, take a minute to think about what you want to bring with you that will make your stay more comfortable—a little bit of planning goes a long way. Inpatient treatment typically lasts for a minimum of four weeks.
Here are some key items to think about including on your residential rehab prep list.
1. Seasonally and Culturally Appropriate Clothing
There are several things to consider when packing clothing for your stay in rehab. First, pick clothes that are seasonally appropriate for your destination. Depending on the location of your facility, you may need to account for significant changes between nighttime and daytime temperatures. You should also take note of any predicted weather issues, such as rain or heat waves. Some rehab programs offer fitness training, yoga or other complementary activities. Look into what activities you might want to participate in, and bring the appropriate gear to do so.
Potential items to include on your checklist are:
- Casual clothing for your daily programming and leisure time at the center
- Athletic attire and footwear for fitness activities
- Hiking boots for nature excursions
- A day bag for tours
- Loungewear for downtime and spa services
- Comfortable sleepwear
- Plenty of fresh socks and underwear
- A swimsuit, if your rehab is near the beach or has a pool
- A wide-brimmed hat or cap for sunny destinations
Be sure to check your center’s dress code for guidelines. If you’re heading to a destination rehab in a foreign country, remember to take local customs into account and pack culturally appropriate clothing for public excursions. As a rule, extended-stay luxury facilities make laundry services available. This means that you won’t have to pack fresh clothes for all 28 days—aim to bring enough options to last you for at least a full week.
Many luxury rehabs have spas and offer grooming services; some even have full-service nail and hair salons. But as toiletries are particular items, you’ll want to bring the things that meet your preferences and standards for personal care. Having your favorite shampoos, soaps, fragrances and skincare on hand can provide a welcome sense of indulgence and comfort during your time away from home. Note that the facility may require you to bring only unopened items.
3. ID, Documents and Other Practical Information
Most luxury facilities recommend that you bring several essential pieces of information for your 28-day stay in residential treatment. These typically include things like:
- Your passport or official personal identification
- Your insurance card
- All current prescription medications, carried in their original, properly labeled pharmacy containers
- A contact list of anyone you want to keep informed on the progress of your treatment
- A credit card, debit card and/or checkbook
- Enough cash to cover general store purchases, souvenirs and other incidental expenses
You should also feel free to pack a journal or notebook, basic jewelry such as a watch or wedding ring, envelopes and stamps for mailing letters and photos of your family or loved ones. If you plan on bringing reading material, be aware that your program may restrict you to topics that help support your recovery.
4. Your Laptop and Cell Phone
Today, the vast majority of adults own a cellphone or laptop computer and use it on a regular basis. However, access to social media and your regular connections to substances, codependent relationships or whatever other addictions you’re in rehab to gain space from can hinder your recovery progress. Many rehabs restrict internet use during your stay to create a soothing, distraction-free environment that allows you to focus solely on your healing process.
You may need to turn your devices in for the duration of your stay or use them only for specific, approved reasons. Your particular program may allow you to keep your phone or laptop with you and access it at your discretion, or make exceptions for those who need to attend to business matters while in treatment. Technology use policies vary from rehab to rehab. Contact your rehab’s admissions team ahead of time for more information on this if internet access is important to you.
5. Your Pet
Studies show that access to pets can provide a range of important benefits for people in recovery from substance abuse or addiction. Some of the best inpatient drug rehab programs in the world allow pets or provide some form of animal-assisted therapy—an option that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Depending on your program, you may be able to bring your own dog, cat or other pet provided they’re trained, friendly, well socialized and able to make the trip. However, in others, you may only have access to designated therapy animals that live onsite. Some programs allow you to choose either option; check with your center for details.
What Not to Pack for Rehab
When planning for your 28-day stay in treatment, it’s also important to understand which types of things you should omit from your packing list. Items that are usually banned from all rehabs include:
- All forms of drugs and alcohol
- Prescription medications that are not a part of your approved treatment plan
- Medications prescribed to another person
- Guns, knives and other weapons
- Opened, non-prescription medications
- Alcohol-containing mouthwash
- Alcohol-containing perfumes or colognes
- Nail polish
- Nail polish remover
- Food or drinks purchased before your arrival
To minimize distraction and promote a supportive environment, many treatment centers also ban playing cards, video games and handheld gaming or viewing devices. Ask your chosen facility about other items not allowed during your stay.
If you’re looking for a rehab center that’s the perfect fit for you, what you can or cannot bring into treatment could be an important factor in your decision. Do you have additional questions about the things you should pack for your extended stay in a luxury treatment program? See our luxury rehab directory for contact information on premier facilities around the globe.