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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. Some personal toiletry items, like sharps (e.g. razors, tweezers, scissors, etc.), toiletries in glass containers (e.g. perfume, nail polish, facial creams, etc.), and products containing alcohol (e.g. mouthwash, hand sanitizer, etc.) will be kept at the nurses station, and the client may check them out when needed. Because storage space at the nurses station is limited, please limit these items - sharps, glass containers, and products containing alcohol - to what will fit in a one gallon plastic storage bag. When possible, consider transferring some items in glass containers to plastic containers.

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. 

Client Dress Code

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:  Battery-powered alarm clocks and electronics are preferred. Electronics with cords longer than 3 feet (e.g. hair dryers, curling irons, etc.) may be kept at the nurses station and checked out by the client when needed. Because storage space at the nurses station is limited, please bring no more than three items with cords longer than 3 feet. 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.) Photo frames should not contain glass.

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.

About Musical Instruments & Art Supplies: We celebrate the musical and artistic talents of our clients and encourage clients to incorporate music and art as part of their strategy to maintain health. However, because our residences are shared living spaces and our client rooms have limited storage capacity, we ask clients to adhere to a few rules. Clients are limited to one instrument. Drum sets must be table-top size. Headphones must be used with electric guitars, keyboards, etc. Instruments should not be played in common areas outside of the client's private room. The music room in the activity center is open during specific hours for clients to use freely. Clients may bring coloring books, crayons, pencils and markers. Please do not bring paints or canvasses. Clients will have access to the art room and a wide range of art materials from paints to ceramics during art therapy groups and during some evening hours.

For client safety: To ensure client safety, residential staff may require that some items be kept at the nurses station and checked out when in use. Some items, like razors and hair dryers, are listed above. The residential team may identify additional items when the client arrives at the residence.

Insurance cards: Please be sure the client has copies of all health insurance cards, including cards for dental or vision plans. Clients may require specialized or preventive care with healthcare providers in the community. The treatment team may assist with scheduling these appointments and arranging transportation. Access to these insurance cards is important to facilitate scheduling and billing.

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.

Recreational equipment: Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, and other similar items are not permitted on campus.

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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 and Vaping: (Effective November 15, 2018) Skyland Trail is a 100% smoke and nicotine-free campus. There are no areas where smoking, vaping, or tobacco use is permitted on any Skyland Trail owned or leased property, indoors or outdoors. Residential clients are prohibited from using or possessing tobacco- or nicotine-related products or paraphernalia, on or off campus, except for approved nicotine replacement products.

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