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This Fall I transitioned from having all three of my sons living at home to a College Mom with a kid now off to college. The preparations were set in motion to gather everything that my oldest son would need for his newest adventure. In the midst of purchasing supplies and gathering his college essentials that he would need for school the thought never crossed my mind about how I would care for him in the event that he became ill, until I received a call on last week from my oldest asking me “Mom why does my throat feel so scratchy and why can’t I sleep at night?” I immediately thought about how hard he has been studying, basketball practice and the long Sundays when they have their basketball games. I told my son that his body needs time to rest and that he must take the necessary steps to ensure that he is taking care of his body.
I soon realized that I had prepared for every occasion that could have possibly arise except not creating him a mini medicine box, after all my mom had prepared one for me when I went off to college. Although he will be 20 in January and he may think that he’s an adult you never grow to old to call Mommy to care for you when your sick. After hearing my big baby sound so sad and ill over the phone I immediately sprung into action to create him a simple yet well prepared medicine box.
The thought of trying to nurse my oldest son back to good health over the phone without him having proper medicines to take along with other necessary items to get him back to 100% I made a mad dash to my local Walmart to purchase some college essentials items that would be a great benefit to him when he feel under the weather.
Creating a simple medicine kit for your college student is as easy as 1-2-3. My son is literally 40 miles away at college which isn’t to far so I decided to create him a medicine kit and have it ready when he comes home by to visit. I added a few medical college essentials in his kit to help him when he’s feeling sick. Here are the items I used to create his medicine kit:
- I used a decorative box that is reusable and can be used as a shoe box, craft box or medicine kit.
- Cut a few feet of brown shipping paper to add to the inside of the box.
- Cover the brown shipping paper with decorative shredded color paper.
- Add items for medicine kit.
Here are some of the items that I included in the kit:
- Centrum MultiGummy: My son actively plays basketball and has always taken vitamins while growing up. I recently started to talk to him about the importance of taking vitamins now since he is more active than he has ever been before starting college. I added Centrum MultiGummy because they provide 100% daily value or more of Vitamins D, B12, and E, are gluten-free, contains no wheat,milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish or shellfish. In addition supports energy, immunity, and metabolism and are a multi-benefit gummy multivitamin.
- Thermometer: I added a rub over your head thermometer to the kit as a quick and easy way for him to check his temperature when he doesn’t feel 100%.
- Emergen-Zzzz: I added the Emergen-Zzzz to his college kit for those days when he is unable to get a good nights rest. The Emergen-Zzzz helps you fall asleep naturally and fortify your body while you sleep (for occasional sleepiness). It’s available in flavors: Berry PM and Peach PM. I chose Berry PM because he loved berries.
- Soup on the Go: I added this a quick way for my son to have hot soup on the go especially on those days that he has an early class or a basketball game or just to eat on days when he feels ill.
- Advil Liqui-Gels: For those days when his body has been beat up from playing basketball “nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers).” They are perfect for muscle ache, headache and joint pain. It’s an advanced liquid fast relief. Use as directed.
- Fuzzy Socks
- Antibacterial Moist Wipes
- Advil PM: I added these Liqui-Gels which rushes relief to where it hurts and ease you into a better night’s sleep. I’m sure after a few late hard days of studying for finals and basketball practice these will be needed. Advil PM Caplets – The trusted pain relieving power of Advil with a gentle, non habit forming sleep aid to help you sleep better.
- Travel Size Tissues: I added these for those stuffy nose days.
- Robitussin CF Max Severe Multi-Symptom Cough Cold + Flu: Just last week my son called with a slight cough so adding a bottle of Robitussin to my sons medicine kit to give him comfort on those days when he has an uncontrollable cough. Robitussin CF Max Severe Multi-Symptom Cough Cold provides powerful relief for your worst cough and cold symptoms! Now available in a better tasting formula (compared to Robitussin Multi-Symptom Cold CF Max).
WHAT ESSENTIAL ITEMS WOULD YOU ADD TO YOUR COLLEGE STUDENTS MEDICINE KIT?