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What to Bring to Residential Treatment: A Complete Packing List

What to bring to residential treatment

Before heading to residential treatment, it’s important to do more than just talk to your boss and coordinate transportation. Indeed, careful packing is a big part of getting ready. On one hand, you want to make sure you’ve got everything you need for a comfortable stay. On the other hand, you need to avoid packing prohibited items. 

To help you prepare for your time at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, we’ve made a list of what to bring and what to leave at home. Stick to it, and you’ll streamline your admission process and set the stage for a smooth treatment experience. 

Learn more about La Fuente’s residential treatment program by calling 888.903.9898. 

Items Provided by La Fuente 

At La Fuente, we understand the importance of creating a comfortable and supportive environment for your recovery journey. To help make your stay as convenient and pleasant as possible, we provide essential amenities such as:

  • Laundry facilities
  • Communal entertainment options
  • Three nutritious meals per day
  • Bedding and towels

What to Bring to Residential Treatment at La Fuente

Preparing for your residential treatment at La Fuente calls for some thoughtful packing. From clothing and hygiene products to medications and personal belongings, we’ll guide you through which items to include in your suitcase. 


Even though our residential treatment programs last anywhere from 30 to 90 days, we suggest packing just a week’s worth of clothing. With convenient on-site laundry facilities, you can rest assured that clean clothes will always be at your fingertips. We require modest and comfortable attire to create an environment of mutual support and respect.

Here’s what to pack:

  • Jeans, khakis, or casual pants 
  • Blouses and t-shirts (must be long enough to cover the midriff) 
  • Full-length shorts (must be mid-thigh or longer)
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • Pajamas
  • Robe and slippers 
  • Undergarments 
  • Workout clothing (sneakers, shorts, or sweatpants)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sturdy shoes

Hygiene Products

Feel free to bring your favorite personal care products with you, but please keep in mind that all toiletries must be in unopened, sealed containers. 

Some items you might want to bring:

  • Shampoo
  • Lotion 
  • Shower gel or soap 
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss 
  • Ear plugs
  • Medical supplies (e.g. hearing aids, glasses, contacts, or retainers)
  • Nail files/clippers and shaving razors 


Clients are welcome to bring their currently prescribed medications, but they must be in their original pharmacy containers, clearly labeled with essential prescription details such as the client’s name, dosage, frequency, and prescribing physician’s name. Additionally, any liquid medications must be unopened and securely sealed. 

Personal Items 

We want your stay at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center to be as pleasant as possible. To that end, we encourage you to bring a few personal items to help you pass the time and remind you of home. 

  • Stationary, envelopes, and stamps for writing to family and friends
  • Hobby items (e.g. crafting materials, coloring books, or crossword puzzles)
  • Photos of family and friends
  • Notebook or journal 
  • Stuffed animal(s), favorite pillow, or blanket
  • Books, Bibles/religious texts, inspirational or devotional reading materials


In addition to clothing, hygiene products, medications, and personal items, there are a few other important things to bring with you. These include:

  • A small amount of cash in small bills (between $50 to $100 for vending machines and store runs)
  • A credit or debit card to pay for prescriptions
  • Insurance card
  • Government-issued photo identification (e.g. driver’s license, state ID, or passport)
  • Contact information for your support system. Bring the names, addresses, and phone numbers of friends, family, 12-step sponsors, and current healthcare providers with you.
  • Unopened E-cigarettes or vapes

What Not to Bring to La Fuente 

Prohibited items are those that either distract from the treatment process or pose a safety hazard. We check bags upon arrival as part of the admissions process.

When arriving at our Los Angeles treatment center, we ask that you not bring the following items:

  • Alcohol or drugs, or drug paraphernalia 
  • Weapons
  • Sample medications, herbal products, or supplemental vitamins 
  • Musical instruments
  • Electronics with cameras or recording capabilities
  • Valuables (e.g. jewelry or watches)
  • Toiletries containing alcohol (e.g. mouthwash, hand sanitizer, or perfume/cologne) 
  • Food or drink of any kind 
  • Tight, revealing, suggestive, or graphic clothing
  • Fans
  • Pornography in any form
  • Cleaning supplies (e.g. bleach or ammonia)
  • Aerosols
  • Nail polish or polish remover
  • Candles and incense

Prepare for Residential Treatment with La Fuente

We believe this packing list will alleviate some of the anxiety associated with preparing for residential treatment. However, if you have any remaining questions or concerns before you arrive, please contact us at 888.903.9898. 

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