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What to Bring

Below is a general list of items to bring and to leave at home. If there are items not included on the list that your loved one wants to bring, ask the admissions staff or primary counselor.

What to Bring

Personal toiletries: Each client is responsible for providing personal hygiene products such as shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. Once clients reach Level 1 (usually after about 3 days) they are able to go on weekly trips to Target, etc.

Comfortable clothing: Clients are encouraged to pack and wear comfortable clothing. A 7 to 10 day supply of clothing is recommended. Be prepared to get a little dirty sometimes. You will work with paint, clay and other materials in art therapy, food in our cooking classes and natural materials outdoors in our greenhouse and gardens. You also should pack clothes and shoes appropriate to wear while using our exercise room and gym. 

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A backpack or tote: Clients will be moving between facilities throughout the day without access to the residences between groups. A backpack, messenger bag, or tote will be helpful to carry the materials you need for groups along with a water bottle or other items needed during the day.

Water bottle: Stay hydrated! Bring a small water bottle to carry with you. Water fountains are available for refills.

Cell phones: Clients may have cell phones, however, a client's cell phone use can be restricted if it becomes disruptive to treatment. 

Personal electronics: MP3 players, iPods, Walkman-style radio/CD players, and alarm clocks are allowed. Outside a client's bedroom, headphones must be used. TVs are not permitted in client rooms. TVs with cable are available in community dayrooms. Tablet and laptop computers are permitted when a client reaches Level 3 by meeting treatment engagement expectations. If you choose, you may bring a tablet or laptop to your admission appointment, and we will store it securely for you until you reach Level 3. Desktop computers are not permitted. 

Decorative Items for Room: Clients are encouraged to bring small personal items and mementos for the room. (Note that nothing can be nailed to the wall.)

Don’t overpack: Keep in mind that storage space is limited to one closet for each client. Please limit personal items to those that can be stored in a bedroom (with one dresser and one desk). Please limit your luggage to no more than 40 pounds per bag.

What NOT to Bring

Furniture: Rooms are fully furnished, and there is little room for extra pieces.

Cash and Valuables: Small amounts of cash can be secured on their person (no more than $20 each week). If the client desires, we will help prepare a budget. Valuable jewelry, other items of value and large amounts of cash should not be brought to Skyland Trail.

Alcohol, Drugs: Clients are not allowed to have alcohol, street or non-prescription drugs in their possession or on Skyland Trail property.

OTC Medicines & Supplements: Please do not bring any over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin or any non-prescription supplements like vitamins or herbal or nutritional supplements. If these supplements are brought to the residence, they will be destroyed because we cannot verify their origin or safety.

Weapons:Weapons of all types including firearms are strictly barred from Skyland Trail facilities and campuses. Weapons are not permitted anywhere on Skyland Trail property or in Skyland Trail vehicles.

Bed linens, towels and cleaning supplies: Skyland Trail provides soap, toilet paper, towels and sheets, laundry detergent and other cleaning supplies. Clients may choose to use their own bed linens if they prefer. South beds are full size, and North beds are queen size.

Appliances: Space heaters, coffee makers, hot plates, microwaves, toaster ovens, and other kitchen or cooking appliances are not permitted.

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Laundry: We provide washers, dryers and detergent for residential client use. Clients are responsible for washing their own clothes, linens and towels. Laundry baskets, an iron and an ironing board are provided. 

Cars: Vehicles are allowed at Skyland Trail South and Rollins only at Level 4. Please see the Residential Level System for restrictions about passengers.

Pets: No pets are permitted inside Skyland Trail facilities. Pets may visit in the residential gardens during visiting hours, but cannot be left unattended. A partnership with Happy Tails allows clients to interact with animals periodically through our LEAP program. 

Smoking: All Skyland Trail facilities and vehicles are smoke-free. There is no smoking or tobacco use allowed inside buildings, including client residences and common areas. Each campus has a designated outdoor area for smoking and tobacco use. 

Cash: Admissions staff will ask you about leaving an allowance for your loved one. Clients may choose to hold their own money or have it held in the Business Office, where they can access it during designated hours. Families typically leave no more than $20 per week. 

Medications: At minimum, residential clients must bring a 7-day supply of each prescribed medication with them to the admission appointment. Clients are encouraged to bring the entire supply of prescribed medications you currently have on hand. All medications must be in their original bottles or packaging. After the admissions appointment, all client medications will be kept in the locked medication room in the staff office.

Please do not bring over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. These medications are available as needed from the nurse’s station. To ensure safety, clients are not permitted to have OTC medications in their rooms or possession.

Similarly, please do not bring any non-prescription supplements like vitamins or herbal or nutritional supplements. If these supplements are brought to the residence, they will be destroyed because we cannot verify their origin or safety. If you have a prescription from your doctor for a supplement to treat a known medical problem, please present your prescription and the supplement to the nurse at admission. Your supplement will be available as needed at the nurses’ station. To ensure safety, clients are not permitted to have supplements in their rooms or possession.

Families and clients will need to provide instructions to the admissions team on how you wish to pay for prescriptions, including providing a copy of any type of pharmacy card. 

All clients, both self-pay and using insurance, are asked to establish an account with our preferred pharmacy: 

Guardian Pharmacy
770-635-3301