Pack a first aid kit

As you are packing to come to Mason, do not forget to pack your first aid kit! Here are some useful items to have as part of a basic first aid kit in your dorm or home. You may want to include additional items depending on your needs.

It’s helpful to have medications for a headache or illness to avoid a trip to the store when you are not feeling well.  Always follow label instructions!

  • Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen– For headaches and other aches and pains.
  • Antacids – For upset stomach
  • Decongestant; Cough expectorant; Cough suppressant – For relief of cold & flu symptoms
  • Cough drops/sore throat lozenges – Soothes irritated, scratchy throats
  • Antihistamine – For treating seasonal allergies

For cuts, scrapes or minor burns:

  • Different sizes of adhesive bandages
  • Antibiotic ointment – To prevent infections in a wound or a minor burn.

For sprains, strains and other similar injuries:

  • Elastic bandage – To wrap and provide compression for sprains and strains.
  • Ice pack and warm pack or heating pad

Basic tools:

  • Tweezers – For removing splinters or ticks
  • Thermometer – You will not know if you have a fever without a thermometer

Other items:

  • Copy of your health insurance card.
  • Personal medical information such as:  allergies to medicine or food, doctor’s name and office information, chronic medical conditions, medications taken on a regular basis, and emergency contact information.
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