For New Patients: What to Bring

Austen Riggs Center patients compiled this list of items for incoming patients preparing for a stay. Some are practical items you may not know to bring; others are suggestions to help you acclimate to your new environment. The admissions staff can help if you have further questions.

Suggested Items to Bring

  • Alarm clock and watch 
  • Robe, flip flops, slippers, toiletries and shower caddy 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Hangers (Housekeeping has a limited supply; if you plan to have many hanging clothes, it is suggested to bring your own.) 
  • TV (can bring your own as they are permitted in rooms; however there are several entertainment centers in the patient residences and the Community Center) 
  • Cell phone (service is limited in Stockbridge) 
  • Laptop computer 
  • Writing supplies 
  • Sporting gear (bike, roller blades, yoga mat, etc.) 
  • Workout clothes 
  • Laundry basket or bag 
  • High Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent REQUIRED! (We have front load washers; label on detergent must read “HE”.) 
  • iPod, radio, books (library in the Inn and a local library in town)
  • Hobby (knitting, needle pointing) 

Items Provided by Austen Riggs

  • Linens (sheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets) and towels 
  • Tissue and bar soap 
  • Cleaning supplies (vacuum, wet broom, sponges, garbage bags, light bulbs, disposable gloves, bathroom cleaners; as you are responsible for keeping your room and bathroom clean) 
  • Cable (hook-up provided in individual rooms if you choose to bring your own TV) 
  • Public computers are provided in the Community Center and the Inn 
  • Wireless Internet access


If you have questions about the admissions process, or about the cost of treatment, please call our Admissions Department, 1-800-517-4447 or contact us. Representatives are available from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.