What to Bring

What to Bring

Helpful tips before you head our way

What to Pack

The high Sonoran Desert climate produces temperature variations that include cool mornings and evenings with hot days. Casual, comfortable clothing (fairly conservative in style) is strongly suggested.

Patients are free to do laundry during leisure hours. All laundry supplies are provided by The Meadows Adolescent Center. All bed linens and towels are also provided on campus.

A driver’s license or photo ID and insurance ID card or copy of front and back of card are needed upon arrival.

  • Jeans/pants
  • Sweats/workout clothing
  • Shorts
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Robe
  • Comfortable tennis or walking shoes, rugged sandals, boots
  • T-Shirts, polo shirts, collared shirts (no tank tops or sleeveless shirts)
  • Bathing suits (seasonal only, so confirm with Admissions if the pool will be open during your stay. If so, we require trunks for men (no Speedos)
  • For recreational activities, shorts can be worn in recreational areas such as the fitness center, pool, and athletic courts.



There is a limited amount of personal toiletry items available for purchase on campus. All personal toiletries brought to The Meadows Adolescent Center must be in their original containers. Non-alcoholic mouthwash is allowed. While emery boards are preferred, nail files or small clippers are permitted but must be stored in the nurse’s office and checked out at appropriate times. Patients may bring their own electric/battery-operated razors. Disposable or safety razors are permitted with psychiatrist approval but will be held by the Medical Services’ staff when not in use.


Your Primary Counselor will evaluate treatment/recovery related reading materials (no outside reading materials are permitted). Please bring personal stationery, an address book, stamps, pens, and notebooks. It is also recommended to bring a small amount of cash ($200 or less).

If you currently have any Advance Directives or Living Will, bring a copy for Medical Records.

Sugarless gum (but not sugarless candy) is allowed. You may also bring your own pillow. Alarm clocks are provided by The Meadows Adolescent Center. For those with dietary restrictions, please note that a variety of food choices are available to accommodate a vegetarian diet.

You are welcome to bring personal pictures of family, friends, pets, etc.


Any medications you bring to The Meadows Adolescent Center must be prescribed by your doctor and in the original containers with prescription labels attached. Medications not labeled or with a potential for abuse or dependency will be destroyed upon arrival. A physician at The Meadows Adolescent Center will evaluate all medications brought into the facility. For this reason, it is recommended to only bring a 72-hour supply of prescription meds, as we will refill all prescriptions as needed. The Meadows Adolescent Center will supply and replenish approved and non–specialty vitamins and supplements at no additional charge. Patients can bring a full supply of vitamins, etc., provided they are in their original, sealed containers. Approved specialty medications can be expensive and difficult to obtain and are not covered with a patient’s stay.

What to Leave at Home

In order to have the most effective and powerful recovery, The Meadows Adolescent Center doesn’t allow certain items on campus. If you are packing for a stay with us, please plan to leave the following items at home, as they are prohibited on campus:

  • Electronic devices such as cameras, laptops, iPods, CD players, electronic games, musical instruments, or anything not related to recovery
  • Novels or magazines
  • Medication not prescribed by a physician
  • Candy (even sugar-free candy), food, and/or beverages
  • Sports equipment
  • Hobby materials
  • T-shirts with suggestive messages (sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.)
  • Anything made of Spandex
  • Aerosol spray cans (except for shaving cream)
  • Herbal remedies
  • Tobacco products
  • Large amounts of cash (The Meadows Adolescent Center is not responsible for personal items kept in a patient’s possession. A safe is provided upon request.)
  • Pocketknives or tools of any kind
  • Firearms/ammunition
  • Sewing kits
  • Flip-flops, strappy sandals, platform shoes, or high heels

Important Information

It is important to remember that all luggage and personal items will be searched upon arrival at The Meadows Adolescent Center.

For confidentiality reasons, cell phones or smartphones will not be allowed on campus. If a patient brings a cell phone or camera, it will be stored in a locked cabinet in the Medical Services Department until their departure. Patients will be provided the opportunity to make one initial phone call upon admission to verify arrival. There is a three-day waiting period after admission before patients are permitted to use the phone. Monitored phone times are designated four times per week with a 15-minute limit.

There is a TV for use in the peer lounge.

Due to COVID, we have restrictions in place in accordance with CDC guidelines. We have currently suspended in-person Family Week programming and family visitation on our campuses. We recognize that family participation is important, and a member of the clinical team will reach out to you after your loved one admits to discuss options for family work. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to keep everyone safe and healthy.


Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get your family to a healthier, happier place.