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What Not to Bring

What Not to Bring

When you stay with us, please do NOT Bring:

River Oaks Hospital is committed to the safety and well being of our Clients and Staff members. During your stay with us we have certain items that clients will not be permitted to bring with them. The following is a list of items that will not enter our Client Care Units.

  • Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages, alcohol-based mouthwash, perfume, aftershave, cologne.
  • Aluminum products: aluminum foil, soup cans, drink cans.
  • Balls: Orbeez ball, polymer balls, small magnetic balls.
  • Batteries: Batteries of any type.
  • Game pieces: Metal Monopoly pieces.
  • Craft/art supplies: Crochet needles, knitting needles, knitting hooks, pencil sharpeners, art pencils longer than 5 inches, clay cutters and paintbrushes.
  • Dangerous Substances: Aerosol cans, household chemicals, oil based paints, model glue, etc.
  • Clothing: Clothing with tied waist band or cuffs, large belt buckles, steel-toed or heavy boots, nylons, scarves, items with long straps, spiked heels, drawstrings.
  • Electronic Devices: laptop computers, electronic books, PDAs, pagers, digital and video cameras, camera phones, cassette or micro-cassette recorders, DVD players, video game devices.
  • Exercise equipment: elastic Dynabands, jump ropes.
  • Explosives: Black powder, fireworks.
  • Glass items: Bottles, jars, keepsakes, mirrors
  • Flammable substances: Lighter fluid, lighters, matches, fuel, paint thinner, flints.
  • Food: No homemade food, gift baskets, professionally-prepared or delivered food. Only food prepared or provided by the hospital cafeteria is allowed.
  • Hygiene and make-up: All make-up, including concealer, foundation, blush, powder, mascara, eye shadow, eye liner, lipstick, lip gloss, mirrors, scissors, nail clippers, nail file, hair clippers, razors, nail polish, nail polish remover, hair coloring agent, hair removal products/chemicals, metal files, sharp hair accessories, fragranced products, cotton balls, Q-Tips, and laundry detergent brought in from the outside of the hospital


  • Illegal substances/items: Street drugs and drug paraphernalia items will be destroyed
  • Jewelry associated with danger risk: Sunglasses, watches, chains or necklaces, large rings, large buckles, earrings, bracelets, toe rings, piercings other than earrings.
  • Lethal Means/Sharp objects: Knives, needles/pins, razor blades, awl, icepick, screw drivers, exact-o blade, hat pins and bobby pins, bullets, guns, Taser, nun chucks, pepper spray, throwing stars.
  • Ligature: Electrical wires and cords not permanently connected to a device, scarves, nylons, belts, string/rope/cord longer than 8 inches. Flip flops containing pieces that are easily removed, zip ties, and Zip-it products, draw strings will be removed. If clothing must remain with a drawstring, it will be secured with patients belongings and not allowed on the unit.
  • Medications: Non-controlled substances, over-the-counter, personal medications.
  • Musical Instruments: Guitars, keyboards, etc.
  • Office supplies associated with danger risk: Metal spiral notebooks, metal paper clips, letter openers, spring clips, tape dispensers, staples, staplers, Pencils longer than 5 inches, pencils with erasers, retractable ball point pens, And any items which are sharp or containing metal.
  • Personal Linens: Pillows, towels, blankets, sheets.
  • Plastic bags: Shopping bags, zip-lock and trash bags
  • Sharp objects: Knives, needles/pins, razor blades, awl, ice-pick, screw drivers, exact-o blade, hat pins and bobby pins.
  • Tobacco and Tobacco-related Products: Electronic cigarettes and cartridges.
  • Unidentifiable substances: Vials, powders, pills, liquids.
  • Weapons:Firearms, knives, club, box cutters, Personal defense chemicals (Mace, pepper spray)


Permissible by Order:

  • Outside food: for special diets unable to be met by dietary department or food for spiritual / religious practices. Personal Care items/hygiene products and/or specialty items.


  • Medical equipment: Breathing and sleeping devices including but not limited to CPAP, BiPAP, and Oxygen Concentrator