What to Bring to Rehab

at Riverside Recovery of Tampa

If you’re preparing for treatment, congratulations! You’re taking the next step in your journey to recovery. Our goal is to focus on your recovery and maximize the effectiveness of your rehab stay. It’s important to understand what to expect, including what to bring and what not to bring.

At Riverside Recovery of Tampa, our team suggests you bring the following items with you at the time of your admission:

  • Your insurance card
  • Official form of ID (State ID, Driver’s License, Passport, etc.)
  • All prescription medications
  • Inhaler for respiratory conditions, Epi-pens, Insulin pens, other specialized medications. Speak with staff before bringing. 
  • Your checkbook, credit card or debit card to pay for treatment incidentals. We require a credit card to be put on file for pharmacy copays. Additionally, if you need nicotine products or toiletries, we have them available for purchase.
  • A list of names, addresses and phone numbers of those individuals or organizations you wish to have involved in your treatment (loved ones, healthcare providers, sponsor, employer, etc.)
  • Two (2) suitcases filled with items outlined below

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What Should I Pack for Rehab?

The dress at Riverside Recovery of Tampa is casual, yet tasteful and appropriate. Keep in mind, space in your room may be limited, so please do not overpack.

You will have access to our washers and dryers, so two week’s worth of clothing should be enough.

Be sure to pack clothes that are easy to wash and dry and avoid bringing items that need special cleaning such as dry cleaning. Note that upon admission, your clothes will be placed into a high heat dryer for 30 minutes for infection control.

Approved Clothing Items

The following clothing items are approved. Clothing referencing drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, or gangs is strictly prohibited.
  • Jeans, casual slacks, skirts, and dresses (knee-length or longer), jogging suits, and appropriate-length shorts such as Bermuda/walking shorts
  • T-shirts, oxford shirts, tank tops (no spaghetti straps)
  • Non-revealing workout clothing– Our amenities include indoor and outdoor activities year-round.
  • Yoga clothes
  • Shoes: comfortable everyday shoes, tennis/athletic shoes for activities, slippers, flip-flops for shower usage.
  • Swimwear:
    • For Men – Trunk style
    • For Women – No high cut, thong, or revealing tops
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas
  • Light jacket/sweater (even during the summer season)
  • Coat/Jacket during the winter season
  • Bath Robe

Approved Personal Hygiene & Beauty Products

You should bring the usual toiletries and hygiene products that you use daily. All items must be alcohol-free. If the item has alcohol as an ingredient, leave it at home. No aerosol products.

Your toiletries should include items such as the following:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair Styling products (pump spray only)
  • Comb/Brush
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen (not spray)
  • Makeup
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair curling irons, flat iron, curlers, etc.
  • Razors and tweezers

Miscellaneous Items

  • Appropriate reading material (no pornographic reading material)
  • Pictures of supportive loved ones (without frames)
  • Pillow
The following items will be kept locked in a safe and secure area, and can only be utilized with approval by the treatment team:
  • Cell phone
  • Laptop/tablet
  • Money
  • Wallet/Purse

Can I Smoke Cigarettes in Rehab at Riverside Recovery of Tampa?

If you smoke, Riverside Recovery allows you to bring cigarettes and electronic cigarettes during designated times. The following items are allowed:
  • Cigarettes
  • Electronic Cigarettes / Vape Apparatus
    – Mods only
  • Vaping juice (sealed only)

Items We Request You Leave at Home

To ensure your safety and create the best therapeutic environment we ask that you refrain from bringing the following:

  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Any items with alcohol 
  • Over-the-counter Medications 
  • Vitamins 
  • Smart Watch/Fitbit
  • Weapons – (guns, knives, scissors, sharp objects, etc.)
  • Pornography
  • Food or drink (including protein powder)
  • Matches
  • Nail polish, polish remover
  • Iron/steamer
  • Flashlights, night lights, etc. 
  • Video games, DVDs, board games or playing cards
  • Sporting/Exercise equiment
  • Camera, video recording, audio equipment 
  • Sexual devices
  • Flushable wipes
  • Alarm clocks, radio (both are provided)
  • Aerosol items 
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Electronics (other than those listed as approved above)
  • Candles and incense
  • Space heaters
  • Any home appliances (fans, lamps, furnishings, etc.)