What to Bring for the Adolescent Residential Program

Below is a 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.

Please limit your luggage to one bag of no more than 40 pounds.

Most personal items, including but not limited to toiletries, personal grooming items, and school supplies, may not be kept in the patient room and will be kept in a designated staff closet.

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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.

Personal Toiletries

Skyland Trail provides personal hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and deodorant.  Clients may bring their own products if they prefer.

No glass containers are permitted, and all products should be in plastic bottles no larger than 15 oz. Liquids (e.g. shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.) must be in original product packaging.

Clients may not bring razors, tweezers, scissors, flossing sticks, or other sharps. Do not bring mirrors or any cosmetic cases with mirrors.

Please do not bring shavers, hair dryers, or curling/flat irons. Hair dryers will be available, and Skyland Trail will provide hair remover cream.

Face Masks

Masks are optional at this time. Adolescent patients may not have masks that contain a wire or metal strip. Skyland Trail will provide face masks if they become required for specific situations.

Comfortable Clothing

Clients are encouraged to pack and wear comfortable clothing. Daily activities include working with art materials, working with plants and nature in horticultural therapy, and participating in sports and fitness activities.

Please bring enough clothing for 7-10 days. Time for doing laundry is typically provided once each week. Please do not bring more than a 7-10 day supply of clothing as storage is limited.

We provide washers, dryers and detergent for residential client use. Clients are responsible for washing their own clothes. Laundry baskets are provided.

Clothing requirements:

  • Please bring weather-appropriate clothing because some activities will be outside.
  • Clothing (including pajamas or night clothes) should be appropriate and should cover the chest, torso, buttocks, and undergarments.
  • Shoes and undergarments (bras, underwear, boxers, etc.) must be worn at all times outside of client private rooms.
  • Shorts, skirts, or dresses may be no higher than 3 fingers-width above the knee cap
  • Shorts no shorter than 3 fingers width above the knee or leggings must be worn under dresses, skirts, or shorter shorts
  • Sleeveless tops must have a shoulder covering of at least 3 fingers width and must cover undergarments completely
  • Night clothes or pajamas must be worn while sleeping.

Clothing items that are specifically prohibited include, but are not limited to:

  • clothing (including pajamas or night clothes) with offensive language or that promotes or depicts drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, nudity, sexual behavior, violence, or hate speech
  • tops that expose the midriff or torso including halter tops, crop tops, or shirts with open sides
  • tops that expose undergarments
  • tops with spaghetti straps
  • low cut or open tops that expose the chest (male and female)
  • pants, shorts or skirts shorter than 3 fingers width above the knee
  • pants or shorts with holes or distressing that expose skin more than 3 fingers width above the knee
  • sheer or see-through clothing
  • pajamas or nightclothes outside of private client rooms
  • shoes that lace up past the ankle, belts, steel-toed boots, and pumps with heels more than 1/2" (due to safety concerns)
  • belts
  • tights, hosiery, or stockings
  • underwire bras (due to safety concerns)
  • hair clips, barrettes, or bobby pins
  • smart watches (e.g. apple watch) or fitness tracking watches (e.g. fitbit)
  • jewelry (see below)
  • acrylic nails

Temperatures vary in different environments, so sweaters, sweatshirts or light jackets may help you feel more comfortable.

Skyland Trail staff may ask a client to adjust his or her attire if a particular item or style of dress conflicts with treatment goals and activities. Staff may remove or limit access to specific clothing items not described above that are identified as a safety concern.

Undergarments: Note that daily activities include exercise and sports. Clients who wear bras should consider packing supportive sports bras or activewear bras for daily wear to ensure comfort. Underwire bras are not permitted.

Jewelry & watches: Please do not bring jewelry. Clients may wear studs for current ear piercings (value of $50 or less). Ear gauges and other piercings are not permitted. No smart watches or fitness tracking watches are permitted.

Acrylic Nails: No acrylic nails are permitted. Please remove acrylic nails prior to your admission appointment.


What You Need for School

Clients will continue academic work while in treatment. Please bring what you need to complete your school work, including text books, workbooks, notebooks, agenda/organizers, etc.  Please bring a list of passwords and login information for online classrooms or learning programs.

In adherence with our program's device-free policy, please do not bring personal or school-issued laptops, chromebooks, or tablets. Computers are provided in the education lab.

Many schools require summer work. If you are admitting during summer semester and your student has reading, practice work, or projects to complete during the summer, please bring that work to Skyland Trail on the day of your teen's admission.

Please do not bring:

  • spiral-bound notebooks unless it is a required text book. Skyland Trail will provide notebooks and journals.
  • pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers. Skyland Trail will provide these items.

Water Bottle

Stay hydrated! Bring a small water bottle to carry with you. Water bottles must be clear so that contents are visible, and may not be glass.

Decorative Items for Room

Note that nothing can be nailed to the wall. Clients may bring copies of photos. Photo frames should not contain glass. Clients may bring one (1) standard size pillow, one (1) small throw blanket, and one (1) stuffed animal or plushie. Comforters, large blankets, and weighted blankets are not permitted. Please do not bring anything valuable or irreplaceable. Please do not bring live plants or cut flowers.

About Musical Instruments & Art Supplies

Clients are limited to one small instrument that must be approved in advance by the admissions team. The instrument may not be kept in the client's room. Drum sets and keyboards are not permitted due to size. Clients will have access to several instruments in the music room during music therapy times. Guitar picks are not permitted.

Clients may bring:

  • 2-3 coloring books
  • one (1) pack of washable markers or one (1) pack of twistable colored pencils. Should be no larger than 24/pack
  • 2-3 word or number puzzle books

Please do not bring:

  • pencils, pens, colored pencils (non twistable), sharpies, non-washable, alcohol-based markers, paints, or ink
  • scissors or other sharps
  • glue
  • staplers or hole punchers
  • canvasses
  • knitting and crocheting materials
  • needles and thread
  • body paint or body markers

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. Pens and pencils will be provided for school work.

What NOT to Bring

Smartphones, Tablets, and Devices

The adolescent program is device free. Please leave phones, tablets, gaming systems, laptop computers, kindles and ereaders, smart watches, Fitbits and fitness trackers, mp3 or CD players, and other devices at home.

Prohibited School Items

Please do not bring spiral-bound notebooks or agendas. Skyland Trail will provide notebooks. Do not bring pens, pencils,  colored pencils, sharpies, markers, staplers, scissors, glue, paint, or other art supplies. Skyland Trail will provide these items.


Rooms are fully furnished, and there is no room for extra pieces.

Cash and Valuables

Cash and credit/debit cards and other items of value should not be brought to Skyland Trail.

Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, and Vaping

Alcohol, cigarettes, vape pens and pods, tobacco products, street drugs or non-prescription drugs are not permitted 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. These medications are available as needed from the nurse’s station. 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.


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, pillows, blankets, and towels

Towels, pillows, sheets, and other bed linens are provided. All linens and towels will be laundered by Skyland Trail staff. Due to laundering requirements, please do not bring towels, pillows (one standard size pillow is permitted), comforters, large blankets (one small throw blanket is permitted), or weighted blankets from home.

Cleaning Supplies

Skyland Trail provides toilet paper, laundry detergent and other cleaning supplies.


Space heaters, coffee makers, hot plates, microwaves, toaster ovens, and other kitchen or cooking appliances are not permitted. Please do not bring sound machines, CD players, radios, or other music players.

Recreational Equipment

Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, hover boards, and other similar items are not permitted on campus. Please do not bring sporting equipment like footballs, soccer balls, bats/balls/gloves, lacrosse equipment, etc.


No pets or emotional support animals are permitted on the J. Rex Fuqua Campus. Service animals are permitted.

Cars and Personal Vehicles

Adolescent clients may not have personal vehicles parked overnight at the J. Rex Fuqua Campus.

Food and Snacks

Clients may not have food, beverages or snacks - including candy and chewing gum - in their rooms. Please do not bring outside food to the J. Rex Fuqua Campus or arrange for deliveries of perishable or non-perishable food or beverages. If received, these items will be discarded. Skyland Trail provides snacks and water throughout the day.


Please do not bring jewelry. Clients may wear studs for current ear piercings (value of $50 or less). Ear gauges and other piercings are not permitted.

Prohibited Clothing Items

Please do not bring belts, steel-toed boots, pumps (shoes with more than 1/2 inch heel), underwire bras, tights/hosiery, or other items prohibited by the dress code.


Please do not bring razors, scissors, tweezers, flossing sticks, anything made of glass including mirrors.

Heavy Objects

Please do not bring any items that could cause property damage or personal harm if dropped or thrown, including decorative rocks, crystals, or heavy decorative objects.

Staining or Damaging Substances

Please do not bring anything that could accidentally permanently damage bedding, carpet, or facilities if broken or spilled. Some examples are hair dye, ink, paint, etc. If you would not want it used in your living room, please leave it at home.

Products Containing Alcohol or CBD

Please do not bring any items containing alcohol like mouthwash or hand sanitizer or items containing CBD or CBD oil.

Prohibited Products

Any products containing CBD, THC, hemp, Delta 8, kratom, or any other marijuana derivative are prohibited. Products or items may not have branding or imagery that depicts marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons or marijuana-, tobacco-, or alcohol-related items. Fireworks, sparklers, candles, incense, and other products that require the use of fire are prohibited.

About Laundry

Skyland Trail provides washers, dryers and detergent for residential client use. Clients are responsible for washing their own clothes with support from staff.  All linens and towels will be laundered by staff.