What To Pack for Treatment in Hawaii?

Deciding to enter drug or alcohol rehabilitation is a big step towards recovery. Both residents and people from other states opt to undergo treatment in Hawaii. If you’re preparing to start a program, you’ll need to know what to pack to get the most out of your experience. Therefore, you may be asking “what can I bring with me to treatment in Hawaii?”.

Rehab centers are usually strict about what individuals can bring with them. However, each facility has slightly different rules about what’s allowed and what’s prohibited. You’ll likely be given a packing list ahead of time as well as a list of banned items. Along with the necessities, you will be allowed certain creature comforts to make your stay more pleasant.

When you arrive at the facility and check-in, the admissions team will check your luggage to make sure you haven’t brought anything that’s prohibited. In this article, we’ll discuss some general guidelines for what to bring to rehab in Hawaii. But first, let’s take a broad look at what you can expect in rehab.

What Happens During Rehab?

What Happens During Rehab

You may be a bit nervous about your experience in rehab. Each program is unique and a customized program will offer different things to each patient. However, there are some general things that everyone can expect.

For example, you will start your day early, eat a nutritious breakfast, and then participate in group meetings, meditation, or exercise. During the day, you’ll participate in individual or group therapy or some type of class or activity designed to help you manage your addiction.

In the afternoon, you’ll be provided with a healthy lunch followed by more of our program and therapy. Evenings will include dinner, music therapy, movies, downtime and a relatively early bedtime.

Our program emphasizes structure and routine as a way to help clients develop new habits and avoid stress and triggers.

Clothes To Consider Bringing (And Those To Leave Home)

Clothing is one of the key things you need to pack. Ideally, you should pack enough to last at least seven days. Since you’ll spend 30 days or more in rehab, you’ll want to bring clothes which launder easily.

Hawaii is known for its warm weather so you’ll mainly need light clothing. Still, your clothing will need to be modest and you should pack a sweater, or cardigan and rain jacket.

Your clothing list should include:

  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Tennis shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Loungewear
  • Gym wear

Meanwhile, you’ll want to leave home any revealing clothing such as low-cut tops or extremely short shorts. Make sure you’re clear on the dress code.

Clothes that promote drug or alcohol use or feature derogatory or offensive words or images will not be allowed. As it relates to swimwear, avoid speedos and string bikinis. Women need a one-piece swimsuit and men can wear swim trunks.

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Personal Hygiene and Beauty Products To Pack

You’ll probably want to bring many of the items you use at home so you can feel some sense of normalcy. You’ll probably want to bring many of the items you use at home so you can feel some sense of normalcy. However, you’ll need to watch out for the alcohol content in things like mouthwash and hand sanitizer.

Personal Hygiene and Beauty Products To Pack


Personal items you should pack should include small unscented amounts of:

  • Soap
  • Creams or lotions
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Hair products
  • Hairbrush
  • Blowdryer
  • Sunscreen
  • Face wash and moisturizer
  • Lip balm

Other Important Items You Should Have in Your Bag

It’s important to enter rehab with valid identification and other necessary documents such as your insurance card and pharmacy or prescription card. You also need to have a list of emergency contacts that includes details on your next of kin, a medical professional, and possibly, your sponsor. You may also need a small amount of money or a bank card.

Things That Are Nice to Have for Treatment in Hawaii

You’ll want to have personal items and things to occupy you during downtime. Therefore, you may want to pack photos of your family, reading materials, a journal or sketchbook.

Experience True Healing

Our deeply-caring staff and the surrounding natural beauty offer an unparalleled healing experience.

Can I Bring My Cellphone or Laptop To Rehab? Yes!

Some facilities don’t allow laptops or cellphones and only permit e-readers that can’t be connected to the Internet. That’s not the case at Exclusive Hawaii. We allow our clients to go online using their usual devices. However, there may be certain restrictions based on your specific needs.

While we encourage clients to communicate with friends and family, your internet use shouldn’t interfere with your treatment. Rather, it should help you to learn how to handle triggers and manage your emotions while you have 24/7 access to professional support. Still, there may be times when your program director advises you to have a media-free day.

Items That Might Be Best Left Home for Treatment In Hawaii

There are certain things that you won’t be able to take with you when you enter rehab. For example, outside food and drinks are not allowed. If you have specific dietary requirements, let us know beforehand. At Exclusive Hawaii, our trio of chefs prepare gourmet meals for clients, and can accommodate clients’ nutritional needs.

As you may expect, you also won’t be able to bring illicit drugs or alcoholic drinks with you. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on our property.

Weapons and sharp items are also prohibited. Even though you can bring nail clippers and personal razors, you will need to check them in and then check them out when you need them.

Pornographic materials are also banned.

Other things you can leave off your packing list include:

  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Valuable jewelry
  • Opened vitamins or supplements

Additional Preparation Tips

When you know what to pack and what you should leave at home, you should feel more prepared for rehab. However, there are some other things you can do ahead of time:

  • Pay bills
  • Wrap up any work or household responsibilities
  • Spend time with loved ones, particularly those who don’t drink or use drugs
  • Write yourself a letter that you can use as motivation when rehab gets difficult

Talk to the Team at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab

You now have a better idea of what to expect in rehab and how you can pack and otherwise prepare. Starting rehab and committing yourself to the process will improve your chances of long-term recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. The professionals at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab are here to provide the support you need during this transformational period.                                                                                  

Our private eight-bed facility is located on a 30-acre property perched on the ocean cliffs of the Big Island of Hawaii’s Hamakua Coast. We offer highly customized treatment to each person who comes through our doors.

As you prepare yourself for an adventure in healing in paradise, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask any questions about our facility. This includes anything you may want to know about items prohibited during treatment at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab or the storage of personal and prohibited items at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab. Contact us today whether you’re ready to access our services or you simply want to learn more about how we can help you.