What health supplies should I bring with me to college?

Release date: June 06, 2011

Goucher College
Student Health and Counseling Center
410-337-6051 (Fax)

As you make preparations for college, it is important to remember your health.  We recommend that you consider bringing the following medicines and supplies that will help you stay well.

General Supplies:

  • Medical Insurance card and prescription co-pay information (KEEP IN YOUR WALLET)
  • Digital thermometer      
  • Band-aids
  • Re-freezable ice pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Consider preparing a kit for cold and flu season which might include: hand sanitizer, tissues, cold medicines, a mask, throat lozenges, cough drops
  • Supply of contact lenses and solution, as well as a pair of glasses for back-up
  • Any specific supplies for chronic conditions (nebulizer, diabetic supplies)


  • Any ongoing prescription medications in original bottles with prescribers name and number (Consider a lock box for meds)
  • Medications for fever, headache, and muscle aches (Examples: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aleve)
  • Antacid or acid reducer for stomach upset, indigestion, or heartburn (Examples: Mylanta, Rolaids, Tums, Pepcid)
  • Antihistamines and/or decongestants for allergies and colds (Examples:  Mucinex D, Dayquil, Claritin)
  • Antibacterial ointment for minor cuts and skin irritations  (Examples:  Neosporin, Bacitracin)
  • Medications for nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (Examples:  Pepto-Bismol, Imodium AD, Dramamine)
  • Miscellaneous medications (Over the counter hydrocortisone cream, eye drops, cough medicine, Midol)