After months of indecision, waiting, researching, discussing, and shifting plans...it is time to send the 20 year old back off to college.
We chose an off-campus apartment so they can stay put regardless of how the wind blows witht his pandemic.
And then the packing began... remember when we prepared to bring this baby into the world almost 21 years ago and we packed a hospital bag?
Yeah, of course you do! Well now it’s a “C*oV*I*D Bag” we need to prepare!
This student will do all the things...wash hands, mask up (hopefully remember to wash the mask daily!) , keep distanced….and is only on campus for like 1 hour a week.
That said, sick happens...and even just a cold becomes cause for concern.
I can preach about “supporting immune system” all I want AND we all know that getting enough sleep and eating healthy are not synonymous with college students.
So, the “BAG” - you are probably wondering what is in it...I have read about smart things like an extra phone charger, a list of important numbers and any allergies or sensitivities, insurance card, some comfy clothing and a cozy blanket.
The concept is...student gets sick and needs to isolate...roommate can easily “grab the bag from the closet” vs. digging through the room to find the stuff.
My list may be different than most, but I will accommodate for that. I lean towards natural remedies...but my student and perhaps some reading this may not.
Tobi’s Top Ten:
Ibuprofen or Acetominophen or any other tool you prefer for lowering high fevers and helping with body aches
Prescriptions- things they are already taking and will need to keep up with
Personal hygiene products: including the “don’t leave home without it” hand sanitizer
Toothbrush! Yes, technically a personal care product,but this could be the best tool available….research oral hygiene or prevotella and C*V*D and read up on keeping the top of the gut biome clean!
Bonus Tip: Include a note with the exact location of anything that doesn't live in the bag so the roommate can easily find it!