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Why Do University Students Need A First Aid Kit? | Free Checklist

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Is a First Aid Kit Really Necessary for University Students?

As students, you are highly likely to experience a variety of health problems or emergencies whether it is Freshers Flu or cutting your finger with your new set of kitchen knives. That's why it's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit.

Your parents won't be around to help in an emergency, so you need to be equipped to treat common illnesses and minor injuries safely and effectively.

Having a well-equipped first aid kit within easy reach can help you treat yourself or other students in an emergency, and save you time by dealing with minor incidents instead of taking a trip to the doctor or chemist.

First aid kit case, stethoscope and some medication

But what should you include in your student first aid kit and where should you keep it?

In this blog post, we will answer these questions and more.

We will also provide you with a free checklist that you can download and use to create your own first aid kit.

items typically found in a first aid kit; bandages, plasters, scissors, tweezers and thermometer

What Should Students Include in their First Aid Kit?

Your first aid kit should include easy access to supplies and equipment that can be used to provide basic emergency medical care for minor injuries and illnesses, such as:

  • Bandages, plasters and gauze to cover and protect wounds

  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream and wash to clean and prevent infection

  • Scissors and tweezers to cut or remove objects

  • Painkillers, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine tablets to relieve pain, inflammation and allergies

  • Thermometer to take body temperature

  • Ice pack (store gel versions in the freezer) or freezing spray to reduce swelling and bruising

  • Crepe bandage to support sprains and strains

  • Gloves and face mask to prevent contamination

In addition, if you enjoy a night out or two, and prefer the taste of alcohol to non-alcoholic beverages, you may need an alka seltzer the next morning to combat the inevitable hangover!

If you suffer from hay fever or are prone to allergies, you may like to stock anti-histamine drops. These can effectively reduce allergic reactions to food, insect bites or stings, and are good to be within rapid reach. Just check the antihistamine doesn't make you drowsy or sleep in class!

And for the colder months, stock up on remedies to help you combat coughs and colds, such as Vitamin C supplements and Strepsils (or similar) for sore throats. Remember hand sanitizer too (as well as frequent hand washing) helps combat germs.

Where Should Students Keep Their First Aid Kit?

  • Keep your first aid kit in a cool, dry and easily accessible place.

  • You may want to keep a kit in different places, such as one in your room and in your kitchen.

  • Make sure the kit is clearly labelled and that everyone who might need it knows where it is. The kitchen is probably the best place to have one centrally located.

  • Check your first aid kit regularly and replace any items that are out of date, damaged or used up.

  • You can use our free checklist to buy the items and to keep track of what you have and what you need.

How To Use A First Aid Kit

Your first aid kit can help you treat minor injuries and illnesses that are common among students, such as:

  • Cuts, scrapes and burns

  • Blisters, splinters and insect bites

  • Colds, coughs and sore throats

  • Headaches, stomach-aches and hangovers

  • Allergic reactions, hay fever, dry eyes, and asthma

  • Urinary Tract Infections, yeast infections and menstrual cramps

However, before using anything in your first aid kit, always read the instructions carefully and follow them exactly. Check the expiry date on the item and also make sure that you are not allergic to it.

If you are not sure how to use an item or whether it is suitable for your condition, always seek advice first from a pharmacist or a doctor. You can also find reliable information on how to treat minor ailments on websites such as:

Remember that your first aid kit is not a substitute for professional medical care. If your condition is serious, or does not improve after using your first aid kit, you must seek urgent help from a doctor, the university medical centre, or an emergency department at hospital.

A knitted red heart shape with two band-aids across the left hand side

How Can Students Compile A Complete First Aid Kit?

You can buy ready-made first aid kits from most pharmacies or online retailers, or you can make your own by buying the items separately. The advantage of making your own kit is that you can customize it according to your needs and preferences.

We have created a comprehensive checklist of essential items that you should include in your student first aid kit. You can download it and click on each item to order them directly.

Print it out or save it on your phone or computer.

We hope that this blog post has helped you understand the importance of having a student first aid kit and how to prepare one. By following our tips and using our checklist, you can ensure that you have everything you need to stay healthy and safe at uni.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them below or contact us through our website. We would love to hear from you!

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