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Your fresher’s first aid kit

Your fresher’s first aid kit
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Going to university is an exciting time, whether you’re a first-year student or returning, but there is a lot to think about. From what to pack, what to expect on your new course, and settling into your new home.

But, it’s important to make sure you also remember to think about your health as well. At LloydsPharmacy we want to make that even easier, that’s why we’ve put together everything you need to have in your fresher’s first aid kit.

Your fresher’s first aid kit

Paracetamol

From headaches to aches and pains, having some paracetamol handy, like our paracetamol 500mg capsules, can help with the relief of mild to moderate pain, whenever you need it.

Cold and flu

In the winter months, cough, cold and flu come along to university too. Make sure you’re ready for winter bugs with this all-in-one chesty cough and cold powder. It has a lemon and menthol flavour which can help provide quick and long-lasting relief from headaches, sinus pain, chesty coughs, sore throats, fever, aches and pains.

Rehydrate

Although it’s not something we want to think about, we can all have digestive issues. To help you get back to feeling your best, these rehydration treatment sachets can help replace fluids and prevent you getting dehydrated if you have diarrhoea.

Wipe it clean

Minor accidents and injuries happen even if you’re careful, so it’s best to be prepared  if they do occur. Our soothing antiseptic wipes contain aloe vera and are quick drying. They can be used to help disinfect minor wounds such as cuts and grazes. A first aid kit essential. 

Plasters

A first aid kit essential is plasters. These plasters come in an assortment of sizes to cover all cuts and scrapes. They are also made from a breathable wash proof fabric.

If you’re breaking in news shoes or walking more than usual you might get blisters on your feet. These blister plasters are an effective treatment for blisters and help protect areas prone to rubbing, such as the back of the heel.

Heat packs

If you get an injury, having a hot or cold pack handy can help you manage your pain. From heat therapy to help you with muscle aches, period pains or back pains, or cold therapy to help reduce swelling or headaches, these packs are ideal to keep in your first aid kit.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is important to help maintain a healthy immune system, so you can stay well and enjoy university. Why not try an easy to take effervescent tablet that is high in vitamin C.

Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied, balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your body regulate calcium and phosphate, these are needed to keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy. From late March/early April to the end of September, you should be able to get all the vitamin D you need directly from the sunlight.

But, from October to March we don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun. So, the NHS recommend you take a vitamin D supplement to help support you during the winter months.

Don’t forget your PPE

From trips to the shops, or when you’re on public transport, it’s important to remember to pack your reusable face coverings. These can be washed and used again, but make sure you have enough to wash them between uses. Shop our reusable face coverings here. Plus, don’t forget your hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean when you’re out and about.

Get your medicines box

Not sure where to store your medicines? Get a LloydsPharmacy medicines box to help keep your first aid kit in order. Plus, it can all be delivered to your accommodation. 

References

Always read the label and ask our pharmacist for advice.
www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d