Just when you think you have everything you can possibly think of packed and ready to move to college, there is always something you forget. In our case, it was a properly stocked medicine chest.
Our daughter got sick with a sore throat and cold just two days after arriving at college but still managed to go through Rush, attend all neccessary meetings, and start classes. Unfortunately, we left her rain coat at home and it rained the first day of Rush. She was getting very little sleep, damp from the rain and in and out of air conditioner which was not helping the matter. Since she did not have any cold medicine, she and a friend had to walk around campus to find a store that sold Nyquil. This was not an ideal situation -- especially with her feeling so bad.
I talked to a friend of mine that just so happens to be a pharmacist and she shared with me a list of items she packed for her sons' to take to college. The following is a great list and I wish we had been a little more prepared.
Imodium for diarrhea
Robitussin cough syrup
Multisymptom Cold Medicine
Carmex Lip Balm
Sunscreen for football games
The following are good to have on hand in the event of a virus.
Saltines or Ritz Crackers
Chicken Noodle Soup
Care package #1 was mailed to our daughter last week and I also included hot chocolate, hot tea/cider, applesauce, dry cereal, paper bowls and spoons -- oh yes, and the raincoat. The box was quite large and I was very surprised that it only cost $12.47 to mail it and it arrived in two days.
I am already working on package #2 as of this writing and just got off video chat with our daughter with some additional requests: Gum, mints, college ruled paper, 1 inch notebook binders, hydrogen peroxide, and drawer organizer. I had to laugh at the hydrogen peroxide request because ever since Alexandra was a little girl, she put peroxide on every little bite, itch or bruise. She reminds me of the man on My Big Fat Greek Wedding with the Windex.
Also while visiting the school, it is a good idea to go ahead and find out where the closest pharmacy and clinic is located. Of course, we learned the hard way and our daughter got the swine flu in October and then we got in a panic about finding a pharmacy. Good idea to use one like CVS, Walgreens or Rite-Aid where they have all your information in the system and you can refill at school or at home. Much more convenient.
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