First Aid Supply Kit for College Students

Basic health supplies may not be at the top of your list of items to bring to college but
having a personal supply of over-the-counter medicines and first aid materials can save
you a trip to the pharmacy or book store when you don’t feel like going out. Many of
these medicines are available on-campus but may be more expensive than what you
would find at your local stores or if you purchased the generic equivalent. Some of the
medicines listed may not be right for you; check with your health care provider if you
have special health conditions before using any medicines. We recommend that you bring
the following supplies with you at the beginning of the school year.

General Medical Supplies

  • Thermometer to check for fever. Purchase a digital one, they are inexpensive and easy to use.
  • Bandaids, gauze, adhesive tape, and antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin for small wounds.
  • Heating pad to relieve muscle aches and pains.
  • Reusable hot/cold pack for minor sprains and strains.  You can make an inexpensive cold pack by mixing 1/2 water, 1/2 rubbing alcohol in a ziplock plastic bag — this will never freeze hard and you can add food coloring to make it “blue”.
  • Ace wrap also for minor sprains.
  • All health insurance and prescription cards or front and back copies of these cards.
  • Antacids such as Tums, Rolaids, or Mylanta for heartburn or stomach distress.
  • Acid reducer such as Zantac or Pepcid.
  • Anti-diarrheals such as Pepto Bismol, Imodium AD, or Kaopectate. Dramamine will also help with nausea.
  • Anti-histamines such as Claritin, Benadryl, or Chlortrimeton for relief of allergy symptoms.
  • Anti-inflammatory creams such as Cortaid for minor rashes, itching, or bug bites.
  • Cough suppressant/expectorant such as a jar of honey (make sure to include a few clean spoons).
  • Decongestants such as Sudafed (Pseudophedrine) to relieve sinus pressure and stuffy noses.
  • Fever and pain reducer such as Acetaminophen,  ibuprofen or Asprin
  • Saline nasal spray such as Ocean for relieving dryness in nasal passages.

Please come to Health Services for any health needs you may have.  Call for an appointment (973) 408-3414.