Your Own Medical Kit: Basic Supplies

The following are some suggested items to bring with you to University.

Must Bring

  • Immunization Records (updated)
  • Provincial Health Card or other Health and Dental Insurance Information

For Wounds

  • Absorbent Cotton Balls – to clean wounds
  • Adhesive Tape – to hold on bandaging
  • Adhesive pads or sterile gauze pads in several sizes – for wound cover
  • Antibiotic Ointment – to apply to wounds to prevent infection
  • Antiseptic Solution (such as Hydrogen Peroxide) – for cleaning wounds
  • Antiseptic Wipes – for cleaning wounds
  • Band Aids – various sizes
  • Elastic Bandage (2”-3” wide)

Medication

  • Antacids – for indigestion
  • Analgesic (ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin) – for mild pain or fever 
  • Anti-diarrhea – for diarrhea
  • Anti–Nausea Medication – for nausea
  • Antihistamines – for allergies
  • Cough drops/Lozenges
  • Decongestant – for colds and sinus congestion
  • Calamine Lotion - for itchy bug bites and rashes 
  • Epi-pen – if you require it and it has been prescribed for you
  • Insect Lotion or Spray (with Deet)

Other Important Things to Bring

  • Cold and Hot Packs (instant and disposable)
  • Cotton tipped Swabs
  • Disinfectant Household Wipes – to clean surfaces, computer, & phone in your room
  • First Aid Manual …but when first aid isn’t enough, visit Health Services
  • Flash Light and Batteries
  • Hand Sanitizer – frequent hand cleansing is important & effective in disease prevention
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sling
  • Sunscreen 
  • Table Salt – for sore throat, stir ½ teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water, gargle, repeat 4 times/day
  • Thermometer
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers

Remember to bring your prescription medication, inhalers, ointments, etc. and have a plan for how to get refills (if required) or make an appointment with a physician at Health Services (519-824-4120 x52131) to arrange for prescription refills. If you have a chronic or re-occurring condition, we do recommend that you connect early with one of our physicians to ensure a prompt and effective response to your health issue so that you can stay healthy for your university experience.

For information on the Student Health and Dental Plans (which are managed by the CSA and GSA) call 519-824-4120 x54798 or check out the Students Benefits/Coverage on this website.