What To Pack For Your Inpatient Stay

Our goal is a safe, nurturing, healthy environment for everyone.

When preparing for your inpatient stay at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, the goal is safety for everyone. There are established guidelines for what items you can bring with you, and those not allowed at the inpatient facility during treatment. 

Patients may bring the following to inpatient rehab:

Clothing (washer and dryer available)

  • Five (5) sets of clothing 
    • 5 tops
    • 5 bottoms
    • 5 pairs of socks
    • 5 undergarments
  • Three (3) outerwear items (jacket, sweatshirt)
  • 1-2 sets of pajamas
  • 1-2 sets of exercise clothing
  • 1 pair of athletic shoes (for recreation and walking)
  • 1 additional pair of shoes
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • Winter coat and boots (for seasonal outdoor walks)


  • 1 bottle of shampoo
  • 1 bottle of conditioner
  • 1 non–aerosol hair product
  • 1 bottle of body wash or a bar of soap
  • 1 deodorant (non-aerosol)
  • 1 can shaving cream
  • 1 body lotion (lightly scented)
  • 1 bottle of face wash
  • 1 face lotion
  • 5 pieces of makeup
  • Electric razor or razors

Additional Items

  • 1 blow dryer, 1 straightener, and 1 curling iron
  • Alarm clock
  • Postage stamps (not provided)
  • Earplugs (not provided)
  • 2 books
  • Chewing gum (must be prepackaged and unopened)
  • Craft items, coloring pages (to be dispensed at counselors' discretion)

NOTE: Be sure to bring all prescriptions

Patients may not bring the following to inpatient rehab:

  • No cell phone, other electronic devices or chargers
  • No cigarettes, lighters or E-cigarettes
  • No laundry soap (We provide hypo-allergenic pods for you to use)
  • No outside food, drinks, and snacks
  • No cologne, perfume or anything aerosol, including Axe products


Additional Resources:

More information related to the Substance Use Disorder Services available at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Gouverneur Hospital.
Additional information about our Inpatient Rehabilitation Services at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

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To most patients and their families, it means adherence to the most rigorous, medically and scientifically verified standards available. We measure our processes against these standards, and we are dedicated to continuous improvement.

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