Packing for Your Stay

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It is our goal to provide the highest quality healthcare for our patients. In order to do so, we have established guidelines for your stay. Many of these guidelines are in response to mental health laws, regulations and all guidelines seek to protect the safety of our patients. Please review the following guidelines for our NON- Military and NON- First Responder patients. For a packing list specific to the First Responder or Military Treatment Programs please contact Lisa Miller RN, Case Manager: (858) 675-4282

Please bring no more than 3 days worth of clothing for your inpatient stay.

  • Jacket or sweatshirt without strings
  • Comfortable, slip-on shoes or slippers
  • No revealing clothing (i.e., no spaghetti straps, bare midriffs, short skirts, shorts, overalls, waistlines below the belly button)
  • No strings, shoe laces, or inappropriate shirt logos; no sharp metal accents on clothing (this includes underwire bras).
  • Grooming supplies should be kept to a minimum (i.e., only lipstick, eye shadow, foundation, etc.) and should not include alcohol ingredients, be in glass containers, or have glass mirrors.

Foam earplugs are recommended as some roommates may snore (wax or hard plastic plugs are not allowed). Leisure materials such as books or word games are recommended but should not have spiral wires or metal rings.

  • All jewelry should be removed (including body piercings) as these will be removed on admission and returned at discharge.
  • Notify hospital of special bedtime needs, such as C-PAP, oxygen, elevation of the head of the bed, egg crate or air mattress, incontinence supplies, etc., before admission.
  • No electronic equipment, iPods, or musical instruments.
  • Be sure to find out what your patient code is and pass the information on to family, friends, and mental health professionals that you want to call or visit you. They will have to know your patient code in order to get in touch with you once you have been admitted.


  • Dangerous Items: The following items are considered to be potentially dangerous and are therefore not allowed on patient units.  If a patient or visitor brings them in, they will be kept and stored until discharge: Alcohol or any drug related paraphernalia, sharp objects such as razors, scissors, glass bottles, mirrors, picture frames, needles, pins, aluminum cans, spiral notebooks, keys, makeup pencil sharpeners, paper clips, hair clips, underwire bras, and any other item with sharp edges or which can be broken to create sharp edges, shoe laces, belts, panty hose, rope, head bands, ace bandages, clothing with draw strings or long ties, matches and lighters, aerosol cans or fireworks of any kind, personal televisions, stereos, video games, CD players/recorders, boom boxes, computers, palm pilots, pagers, cell phones, any item with an electrical cord, etc., magazines, books, pictures or clothing items depicting drug or alcohol use, violence, racism, gangs, sexual situations or activities, Satanism or otherwise potentially offensive material, cameras, camcorders or any type of audio or visual recording device, weapons of any kind, candles or incense, plastic bags, medications of any kind, and any other item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by the clinical staff.