Keep Your College Kids Healthy

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When I sent my boys to college over 5 years ago I thought I sent them with everything they needed, until one day I received a phone call from one of them. The phone call went something like this:

Son: ” I’m sick.”

Mom: “What’s wrong?”

Son: “I’m cold and have the chills.”

Mom: “What’s your temperature?”

Son: “I don’t know. I don’t have a thermometer.”

Mom: “Take a fever reducer.”

Son: “I don’t have that either.”

At that moment in time, I knew that I made a mistake by not sending them to college with some sort of medicine kit. Even though my college kids were adults they were not ready for being sick while they were away from home. I knew at that moment that I should have sent my kids to college with a starter medicine kit. With all of the new stresses that college kids face, I came to realize that it is so important to keep your college kids healthy by giving them simple starter products and supplies to add to their medicine cabinet.

Keep Your College Kids Healthy

Even though one of my boys had already experienced being sick while away from home, I wanted to go ahead and purchase him and his brother a medicine starter kit. I decided to go to Walmart and purchase some of the items I thought they could benefit from.

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Putting together a medicine kit for your college kids is easy. After it was too late, I decided to make them one and mail it to them for the next time one of them was sick. Here are some of the items that I included in their kit:

  • Thermometer: I added a thermometer so the boys could determine if they were actually sick or if they were just ‘tired’ and sluggish.
  • Bandages & Antibiotic Ointment: Unexpected cuts happen and it’s always good to be prepared.
  • Centrum MultiGummy: When they were kids I always had the boys take their vitamins, as adults I have to encourage them to take their vitamins. I added Centrum MultiGummy to their kit because they provide 100% daily value or more of Vitamins D, B12, and E, are gluten-free, contain no wheat, milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish or shellfish,  supports energy, immunity, and metabolism and they are a multi-benefit gummy multivitamin.
  • Emergen-C:  I added Emergen-C to their college kit because I wanted them to have more healthy days and more healthy nights.  “Let Your Healthy Out” and  with over 20 varieties of vitamin supplement drink mixes, Emergen-C offers the formula, flavor, fix, and FUN you’re looking for!”
  • Robitussin CF Max SEVERE Multi-Sympton Cough Cold+Flu: Having Robitussin in your college kid’s medicine kit is a must. Often times coughing can make you lose sleep and become distracted from what needs to be focused on like school work. Robitussin CF Max SEVERE Multi-Sympton Cough Cold+Flu provides a “Powerful relief for your worst cough and cold symptoms! Now available in a better tasting formula (compared to Robitussin Multi-Symptom Cold CF Max)”.
  • Advil Liqui-Gels: Sometimes your body is in pain and “nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers)” than Advil Liqui-Gels. This is great to include in your college kid’s medicine kit for muscle ache, headaches and joint pain. Always use as directed.
  • Paper & Pen: This is nice to have so that you can write down the times that you take your medicine. Often times when you are sick and having to take care of yourself you can’t keep up with your dosage times.

Thermometer and Band Aids


College Medicine Kit

College Kit for Health

My boys appreciated the starter medicine kit that I sent them. They added to it over the years and were thankful that they had it at the most unexpected times. When I sent them their medicine kit I made sure to remind them to read and follow the package directions. I’m a mom, I can be overly cautious. What would you include in a starter medicine kit?


  1. Judy Donoho says

    Extra Strength Tylenol, Neosporin, If you have a bad cold, make sure cough syrup is both expectorant and suppressant, cough drops, Equate brand allergy pills (only $3.00 a bottle) will stop a cold quickly, tape for bandages, tweezers, immodium is a good idea from Georgeann.

  2. Band aids assorted sizes Ace bandage. Instant heat and cold packs. Imodium , lip balm, petroleum jelly, Benadryl. Doctor contact number.

  3. What a great idea! We think of so many things that are needed for college but I think a basic medicine starter kit is often overlooked! #client

  4. I would also include nausea chews – sometimes the food eaten by college kids is awful so it creates a lot of upset stomachs! I remember how bad the ramen noodles tore mine up after weeks upon weeks of eating them with the fast food and tv dinners!

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