What Kind of Medicines and First Aid Supplies Should You Consider Bringing to College

February 13, 2019

When planning for your transition to college, it's important to consider packing a few supplies for your "medicine cabinet" away from home before you arrive to campus.

Keep some basic supplies on hand so you don't have to go out if you feel sick or experience a minor injury. Consider the following depending on your needs and what you use at home.

First Aid Supplies

What to bring:

  • Digital thermometer
  • Bandages for small wounds and blisters
  • ACE wrap for minor sprains
  • Ice pack
  • Heating pad
  • Antibacterial cream or ointment like Bacitracin
  • Anti-inflammatory cream like Cortaid (for some rashes and bug bites)

Over-the-Counter Medications

Here are some medicines you may want to have on hand: 

  • Antihistamine such as Benadryl©, Zyrtec©, Claritin©
  • Antacid such as Tums© or Mylanta©
  • Acid reducer such as Zantac© or Pepcid©
  • Anti-diarrhea medication like Imodium AD©
  • Fever reducer/pain reducer such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Nasal decongestant such as Mucinex©, saline spray, or nasal rinse
  • Cough suppressant such as Robitussin or honey

Remember to plan ahead for any special medical needs or prescription medications you may need to transfer to a pharmacy near you while you are in college.