Deciding to attend a 30-day rehab is the first step toward freeing yourself from addiction. Yet, you may find yourself struggling to figure out exactly what you need to pack for a month long stay. While your treatment program may give you a list of suggested items, the following packing tips will make sure that you have everything you need to be comfortable during your stay.
It may be tempting to stash your entire closet in your suitcase, but you will really only need about a week’s worth of clothing if your rehab has laundry services. Remember to try to select clothing that is both comfortable and that adheres to any dress codes that may be in place. Knee-length shorts, pajama pants and classic t-shirts are typical items of clothing worn in rehab. If your rehab has a gym or swimming pool, then remember to pack workout clothes and a swimsuit.
Most rehabs have a few sample-sized toiletries available to cover anything you might forget. However, having your preferred toothpaste or favorite shampoo can make rehab feel more like home. Avoid any items that have alcohol as an ingredient, and try to relax as you pack. Your family and friends can usually bring any items you might.
During rehab, your day will be filled with counseling sessions and group meetings. Yet, you will have some downtime, and it is always nice to have a few things available that you enjoy. Check the policy regarding electronics to find out if you can bring a laptop. Books, especially those focusing on recovery, are another potential item to keep your mind occupied. Journaling, drawing and listening to music are a few other activities for which you may pack specific supplies.
Once you enter treatment, you may not have access to your cell phone so make sure to create a list of names, phone numbers and addresses of anyone that you want involved in your treatment. You may also pack stationary and stamps if you plan to write letters or a small amount of change to use the payphone.
Packing for a 30-day stay can seem overwhelming at first, but it is important to remember that your treatment program will have almost everything you need to make the most out of your time in rehab. As you pack your bags, enjoy knowing that you are about to embark upon a life-changing journey that will lead to better health and happiness.