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

  • Seasonal appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Robe, flip flops, slippers, toiletries, and shower caddy
  • Personal device(s) – cell phone, tablet, laptop computer, and associated chargers (cellular service is limited in Stockbridge but there is Wi-Fi in all of the buildings on campus)
  • Hair dryer
  • Hangers (housekeeping has a limited supply; if you plan to have many hanging clothes, it is suggested to bring your own.)
  • TV (you may bring your own as they are permitted in rooms; however, there are several entertainment centers in the patient residences and the Community Center)
  • Writing supplies
  • Sporting gear (bike, roller blades, yoga mat, etc.)
  • Workout attire
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • High Efficiency (“HE”) laundry detergent REQUIRED! (we use front load washers; label on detergent must read “HE”)
  • Books (there is also a library in the main residence and a local library in town)
  • Hobby items (knitting, needle pointing, etc.)

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); 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
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Charging cords at charging station

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.