What To Bring / What Not To Bring

Items You Can and Cannot Bring Into Walden’s Inpatient Eating Disorders Program

We know that regardless of whether this is your first time seeking treatment or you have been down this path before, it can be a difficult and stressful time for you and your loved ones. We want to make this experience as easy and helpful as possible for you and your family.

You are welcome to bring the following items onto our inpatient units in Massachusetts:

  • Patient’s health insurance card and credit card
  • Patient’s photo ID
  • A list of the patient’s current providers and their telephone numbers
  • A list of the patient’s current medications, including over-the-counter medications
  • One medium suitcase
  • Comfortable clothing including underwear, socks and pajamas (without drawstrings)
  • Warm clothing including long-sleeve shirts and pants
  • Please note: skirts and shorts are allowed but must be knee-length or longer
  • Other comforting items (e.g. weighted blanket, small stuffed animals, etc.)
  • Hygiene products (if needed, products to meet basic hygiene needs can be supplied)
  • Books, personal journals (not wire bound), crossword/word search/Sudoku
  • Cell phones and tablets, which can only be used at designated times with approval

The following items will be provided to you:

  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Comforters
  • Towels
  • Writing materials
  • Washer and dryer on the unit, available at your convenience

To maintain safety throughout your stay on our inpatient units in Massachusetts, we remind you that the following items are not allowed:

  • Wallet/large sums of cash
  • Drawstring clothing
  • Shoelaces
  • Belts
  • Sharp items/glass items/mirrors
  • Cords
  • Razors
  • Jewelry
  • Skirts or shorts above knee length
  • Tank tops
  • Chemical hair removers
  • Aerosol containers/products – hairspray
  • Alcohol-based products
  • Bar soap
  • Illegal drugs/alcohol
  • Lighters/matches
  • Knitting needles/crochet hooks/yarn
  • All makeup
  • Juuls, e-cigarettes, vape pens and/or kits
  • Cameras
  • CD player, radio
  • Shoelaces

We ask you to be thoughtful about what you bring and encourage you to not bring items that are of high value, can be broken or damaged easily or are irreplaceable. We recommend that you not bring large amounts of cash. Walden Behavioral Care is not responsible for the replacement or cost of lost items.