While coronavirus continues to surge in the United States, numerous universities will be returning to in person classes. As reported by the US News and World Report, officials at many colleges are indicating a sense of normalcy in the college experience this fall. Some safety precautions may be mandated, but there is a hopefulness that students will be able to engage in more activities than last fall thanks to vaccinations. Packing for college can be stressful. Here are some suggestions about what to bring to college:
- Basic Supplies- Bedding such as blankets, sheets, and pillows are necessities when moving into a college dorm. A refrigerator and microwave can come in handy in order to keep food items cold in your room and heat up late night treats. A laundry hamper as well as detergent and dryer sheets are essential in order to make sure clothes get washed. Depending on the bathroom and shower situation, some students like to use a catty to carry all bathroom materials to and from the bathroom. Shower shoes and a robe can also be preferred. Basic cleaning materials like all purpose cleaner, paper towels, or disinfecting wipes are also important to have available. Additionally, having face masks on hand is beneficial depending on the colleges guidelines and areas vaccination rates.
- Medical Supplies- Remember Adhesive bandages, neosporin, thermometer, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories or acetaminophen. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, as well as acetaminophen aid aches and pains while also fighting fevers. Additionally, having cough medications or lozenges can help relieve a cough or sore throat.
- Cold FAid®- In order to begin treating a cold immediately, bring a Cold FAid® kit to college. As students are in close contact, college campuses are a hotbed for colds. The Cold FAid® kit is composed of zinc lozenges, antihistamine, nasal decongestants, and naproxen sodium. With use of the Cold FAid® app, you can receive helpful information about medication use and reminders for when to take medications.
We, at Cold FAid®, hope move-in goes well!