Eating Disorder Inpatient Treatment: What to Bring

Helpful Hints for Your Admission to The Meadows Ranch


Please bring no more than two suitcases, due to limited storage.

NOTE: To avoid additional cost, please check with your airline regarding weight limits.


At The Meadows Ranch, “casual” is the operative word. Everyone dresses with comfort and modesty in mind. Our staff is responsible for monitoring patients and expects modest clothing.

During the summer months, patients are encouraged to wear t-shirts with mid-length shorts, jeans, or lightweight pants. Since our ranches have swimming pools, you’ll want to toss in a one-piece bathing suit if you are here during the summer months. Pack at least one pair of jeans for horseback riding. Along those lines, if you have a sturdy pair of riding boots, bring them along.

Fall evenings can get cold, so sweats, light sweaters, and a jacket are important items to pack. If you join us in the winter months, you will want to bring warmer clothes: pants, long-sleeved shirts, and jackets. “Layering” is the key. Please leave shear or revealing clothing and expensive jewelry at home.

Naturally, you want to bring all the essential undergarments: underwear, bras, and socks. Don’t forget your sleepwear, slippers, or robe. Please leave any costly items safe at home.


Regardless of the time of year you come to The Meadows Ranch, comfortable shoes are a must. For safety purposes, our patients must wear shoes with closed toes. Any type of tennis or walking shoe is great. Please leave flip-flops, strappy sandals, platform shoes, or high heels at home. Though such footwear is certainly fashion-forward, at The Meadows Ranch we are committed to safety and function over fashion.

Medication, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Records

Your medical and psychiatric providers will be reviewing your medications upon admission.

Pack a 3-day supply of any prescription medications you are currently taking. Each medication should be in its original container. Any medications greater than a 3-day supply will be disposed of at the time of admission, so leave the extras at home.

It is not necessary to bring over-the-counter medications with you, so leave those at home as well. If you take a medication that is particularly difficult to find, please notify us prior to admission so we can make special arrangements for you.

Do not bring vitamins, dietary supplements, or over-the-counter medications such as laxatives or diuretics. Alcohol and illegal substances are not allowed. Please do not bring food, gum, or candy.

If available, please bring copies of your medical records from treatment obtained within the past year.

Personal Items

We want your stay with us to be as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Feel free to bring personal items, such as photos for your room.

Toiletries and cosmetics should be limited to one bag, if possible. Compacts without mirrors are acceptable. You can bring sanitary supplies, a curling iron, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Please no exercise equipment, electronics (iPod, laptop, cell phones, cameras, etc.), musical instruments, or craft supplies.

We have plenty of hair dryers here for your use.

Pack stationery items like paper and envelopes so you can stay in touch with family and friends.

We encourage patients to bring about $100 for incidentals. You may bring a prepaid debit or credit card. You may bring traveler’s checks if you are also able to provide a form of photo identification.

We provide hangers, bed and bath linens, and pillows.

We have washers and dryers available for your use. The Meadows Ranch provides all the necessary laundry supplies, as well as irons and ironing boards.

No jewelry can be worn at any time during treatment for both adolescents and adults.

Important Note:

The Meadows Ranch is an exceptional program with a beautiful location, peaceful environment, and skilled staff.  First and foremost, The Meadows Ranch is a treatment facility and this requires that certain safety parameters must remain in place. As we help you and others to get well, we must keep everyone safe. This means we cannot have certain items, which may be potentially harmful, at our facilities. When packing please remove anything that contains glass (mirrors, compacts, etc.) or is sharp. This extends to glass covering framed photos. Also, anything sharp like pins, scissors, or razors must be left at home (battery operated razors are permitted). Please understand that we cannot list everything that may not be appropriate for our treatment setting. Some items may need to be stored while you are in treatment for safety or modesty reasons. We thank you in advance for your understanding and appreciate your adherence to these guidelines.