What to Bring to Campus

Whether you're living on- or off-campus, you should come prepared with all the items you might need in case you're not feeling well. We've put together a list of some common over-the-counter medications and supplies we recommend having on hand.

  • Fever/ Pain: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil)
  • Allergies: Loratadine (Claritin) or Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Cold Medicine: Pseudoephedrine or combination cough & cold medicine (Dayquil & Nyquil), throat lozenges
  • Upset Stomach: Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) or something similar
  • Prescription medications: Bring 3 months of prescription medications if possible. Consider how you will follow up with your regular medical provider and obtain medication refills while you are here at school. New York State pharmacies do accept prescriptions from out-of-state clinicians. You can also arrange for delivery from Wegmans Pharmacy to the Student Health Center. If that is not possible, see one of our clinicians in the Student Health Center to review your options. Learn more about medication services and prescriptions 
  • Supplies: Thermometer, Band Aids in assorted sizes, Antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin), skin cream (Aquaphor or Vaseline), Sunscreen, Tweezers, Ice Pack, Heating Pad, COVID-19 home tests (these may be covered by your insurance company), Several well fitting KN95 or N95 masks (though not required, in times of illness they are good to have)
  • Food: Tea, Broth, Instant noodles, and Electrolyte drinks are good to have on hand in case of illness

Health Information
All students are expected to have health insurance coverage for services provided outside of the Student Health Center at RIT. Health insurance coverage ensures that students receive the appropriate medical care in the event of an injury or illness that requires prescription medication, a referral to a specialist, or even hospitalization. We recommend bringing:

  • Bring a copy of your health insurance card and a basic understanding of your health insurance coverage.
  • A list of the health care providers actively involved in your care.

Questions? Enter the Wellness Portal, and select chat to text with one of our nurses or schedule an appointment.