What To Bring / What Not To Bring

Items You Can and Cannot Bring Into Walden’s Residential Eating Disorders Programs

To help protect yourself and others, we have compiled a list of items you can and cannot bring with you into our Residential program.

Necessary Items
  • Patient’s Health Insurance and Prescription Card
  • Patient’s Photo Identification
  • List of current providers and phone numbers
  • Medications in original packaging
  • Credit card for medication, copays and personal items
Items to consider, but not limited to:
  • Shampoo/conditioner, soap, lotion, hair products, toothbrush/toothpaste, cotton balls, q-tips, pads, tampons, menstrual cups, etc.
  • Additional items may be purchased
  • Any product with alcohol as the first ingredient will be held by staff
Optional Items
  • Cell phone and laptop to be used during tech time only, cameras must remain off for the duration of stay for HIPPA/confidentiality
  • Items of interest/hobby: craft materials, movies (none rated ‘R’), books, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, favorite music, musical instrument, knitting or crocheting materials, etc.
  • Family and friends’ photos
  • Warm clothing such as long-sleeve shirts and pants
  • Journal
  • Paper or folders to use in groups
  • Blankets, pillows, stuffed animals (will be laundered upon arrival)

Prescription medications in original packaging and sealed over-the-counter medications are allowed. Residents are expected to purchase their own vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and prescribed medications while in the program. Please bring insurance cards and have a credit card available for medication ordered.


  • Seasonally appropriate and comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Please avoid tank tops, short shorts or skirts, high heels or overly revealing clothing
  • Please try to limit yourself to one bag
  • Items will be searched upon admission
What NOT to Bring
  • Diet Pills, Laxatives, Diuretics
  • Alcohol or Illegal Drugs
  • Weight Control Substances
  • Tabloid or Fashion Magazines
  • Cameras
  • Open over-the-counter Medications
  • Food or beverages
  • Weapons
Items Walden Provides
  • Bedding linens
  • Towels
  • Desktop computer with Internet access & printer
  • Laundry
  • Community phones
  • Television
  • Food & beverages

Personal items are brought at the owners’ own risk
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.