But being sick has made me aware of some things that college kids (especially in dorms, where sickness travels faster than light) should have at all times, in case of emergency, extreme discomfort / laziness or otherwise.
1. Aleve / Ibuprofen / Tylenol
You never know when you're gonna wake up with a headache 10 minutes before class starts and no one else on your floor has a pain killer; and it stinks to sit in a lecture with your head pounding. Always keep a bottle of these in your desk drawer.
2. Liquids Besides Water
This one goes mostly without saying, but when I first moved in I thought I'd be able to survive on tap water outside of the dining hall. Wrong. Now I keep orange juice or cranberry juice in the fridge at all times. Gatorade is also good, especially when you're sick and you don't want to / can't eat much.
3. DVD's / Good Books
It's really easy these days to google a movie that you want to watch and have it streaming in a few seconds.. But sometimes those don't load and become frustrating, so having a favorite movie at hand is always a plus. Also, books are good because staring at a TV / computer screen can get old after a while.
4. Special Medical Stuff
Sure is a beaut, isn't it?
You can see why I wouldn't want to drag something like this along to college. Anyway, my family happened to come up this past weekend for my birthday and upon hearing I was sick, they brought this thing along. At first I thought it was excessive but it's been a huge life-saver. Just something to keep in mind for the weird kids like me! (Just kidding, no one is weird!)
5. Lots of Blankets / Pillows / Hoodies
This one is directed more at the guys, cause I've observed that girls tend to do this anyway. I'm not saying that everyone should decorate the crap out of their beds with all the blankets they can find, but they're awesome to have when you've got the chills or need to elevate your head or need something to cough into.