Beyond Band-Aids: The essential college first aid kit

What to Bring to College

By Valerie Willis

Wondering if that prepackaged first aid kit will really save you after a post-breakup throw-a-thon or during a bout of the pre-test runs? Here are the first aid essentials according to the pros (a.k.a. my mom the surgeon) that will cure almost anything.

Wound Dressings

  1. Band-Aids for minor owies.
  2. Sterile Gauze (2”x2” and 4”x4”) and Gauze Wrap 2”-3” to sop up the major bar brawl lacerations.
  3. 4” Ace Wrap if you sprain or pull muscles during physical “activities.”
  4. 1” Paper Tape to wrap wounds.
  5. Ice Pack for your bruises, bumps and general numbing needs.

Topical Medications

  1. Antibacterial Ointment (Neosporin) for a bacteria-less boo boo.
  2. Hydrocortisone Cream because bedbug bites itch!
  3. Antiseptic Cleanser (Betadine, Hibiclens, rubbing alcohol, etc.) to clean cuts.

Non-Prescription Medications

  1. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for hangovers.
  3. Benadryl for allergic reactions or if you just want to sleep through your roommate’s recorder practice.
  4. Indigestion meds (Tums, Mylanta, Pepcid, Maalox), because Taco Bell is never as good of an idea as it seemed.
  5. Decongestants (Sudafed, Claritin, Drixoral) for springtime allergies or smoky parties.
  6. Cough Syrup to remind you of childhood.
  7. Throat lozenges for post-game scratchiness.
  8. Eye drops for a pretend cry-fest fight with your boyfriend.
  9. Anti-diarrheal (Pepto-Bismol, Imodium) to take before your big presentation.

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