First Aid Kits for College Students

Be prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit. Keep one in your room and one in your car. First aid kits come in various shapes and sizes. You can use a tool or art box, or purchase one from the RedCross.org/store. Local drug stores often have them for sale.

The following list will help you manage in emergencies:

  • First aid manual
  • Adhesive tape
  • Sterile gauze pads (2x2 inches and 4x4 inches)
  • Adhesive bandages (band-aids) in several sizes
  • Elastic bandage (“Ace”)
  • Triangular bandages (two)
  • Roller gauze bandages (3 inches wide and 4 inches wide)
  • Soap, hand sanitizer and antiseptic wipes
  • Triple antibiotic cream
  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • Tweezers
  • Sharp scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Hot/cold packs
  • Oral thermometer (non-glass/non-mercury)
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Mouthpiece for administering CPR with one-way valve (may be purchased from local Red Cross)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Phone charger
  • Bottled water or water purification pump or tablets and a Nalgene bottle
  • A few zip lock bags.

Additional Supplies for Flu Season:

  • Masks
  • Kleenex
  • Sports drinks
  • Soups
  • Cough syrup
  • Decongestants