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How to Make a DIY College First Aid Kit

by | Apr 22, 2024 | Organization, Dorm and Apartment

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DIY College First Aid Kit

It’s inevitable. Your college kid is going to cut their finger, have a headache, or suffer some sort of GI issue at 2 o’clock in the morning. In their previous life, they ran to the family medicine cabinet for a bandage or medicine. But now what, get up and go to the pharmacy?

Or have a well-stocked DIY Dorm First Aid Kit?

What makes the best college first aid kit?

  • It a college first aid kit created for the most likely issues college students will have.
  • It will help college kids with a headache, a GI issue, or a small to medium cut
  • It is not so full of gauze and tape that they think they could bandage a severed limb, but has just the right amount of items to manage a small crisis.
  • It is also very compact (a dorm room necessity) and  portable.

Most commercially available first aid kits are full of cheap and bulky items mostly used to stop bleeding. If your child is bleeding that badly, they don’t need a dorm-room sized college first aid. They need help.

The best college first aid kit is one you create yourself.

Interested in what to do if your child has a medical emergency while at college? What to Do if Your College Student has a Medical Emergency

Also check out: DIY College Survival Kit

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Make a DIY College First Aid Kit with red first aid kit and supplies
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DIY College First Aid Kit

There are many commercially-available first aid kits for college students out there, but most of them have the same problem – they are stuffed with a lifetime supply of bandages, but they don’t have any of the over-the-counter medicines or other supplies needed for a splinter, headache, small cut, or gastro-intestinal issue. The best first aid kit for college students(especially one for a college dorm room) should have just the amount of supplies needed for a very small crisis and not look like the one used at a camp site 5 miles on foot from help.

College First Aid Kits also make good DIY Graduation Gifts. I have put them together as graduation gifts several times. You can assemble college first aid kits at several different price points. The over-the-counter medications are the priciest items, but are so useful for the kids.

DIY College First Aid Kit Step #1: Find a suitable container

Amazon, Target, and Walmart are great places to look. I love this empty first aid box from Amazon. If you are making them in bulk, a small plastic container with a good latch is perfect.

Here are some good containers from Target:

DIY College First Aid Kit Step #2: Gather your college first aid kit items

DIY College First Aid Kit Step #3: Additional Items for your Student’s Health

  • Their prescription medications. If they are on ADHD medications, consider a dorm safe. ADHD meds have street value and may be stolen.
  • Make sure they have their health insurance card.
  • They should keep their health insurance card in their wallet for convenience or put it in their dorm safe. The card is replaceable and most insurers have removed social security numbers as member identifiers on the cards, so a wallet is probably the superior location. It will save a lot of hassle at a clinic or pharmacy if it is readily available.
  • Another item to add to a DIY College First Aid Kit is The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook with practical and conversational information about everything from first aid to what to do if you think you have an appendicitis.

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Best Graduation Gifts Under $25

The Best Books to Give At Graduation: 29 Great Choices

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