Things to Bring to College

For a Healthy Start

As a new college student, one of your responsibilities is taking care of your health. So be sure you bring to college a plan to eat well, sleep enough, continue your exercise, safer sex plan and stress management plans. All of this can prevent illness. Here are some items that will be important to help you if despite your best efforts you do have a health issue:

  • Bring your insurance card and know your coverage.
  • Know your allergies, medication doses and health history.
  • Bring a copy of your immunization record.
  • If you have a chronic illness from asthma to diabetes to an eating disorder, consider sending in medical records to help our providers know what treatments/ medications you’ve been on so that we can continue caring for you.
  • If you are under 18, make sure you have sent in a parental consent so that you can receive treatment at Health Services.

Assemble a health care kit:


  • Thermometer
  • Elastic/ Ace Bandage
  • Band-Aids, different sizes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Heating Pad/ Ice Pack
  • Sunscreen-SPF 15 or higher
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers


  • Pain and Fever Medications like Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Antacids (Tums, Zantac)
  • Anti-diarrheal (Imodium, Pepto)
  • Antihistamine for itching or allergies (Benadryl, Zyrtec)
  • Antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin)
  • Decongestant (Sudafed)
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream for itching
  • Cough drops

Parents, for more info check out this great article from The New York Times

 College Prep, This Time for Health

*Many of these items are available throughout the year in our pharmacy located in Health Services