As many of us prepare to leave for college, it can be extremely confusing when it comes to figuring out what to pack. Questions arise like: How much is too much? How many clothes and shoes should I bring? Will I even be able to fit all of this in my dorm? While these are all typical questions, we now have to consider one more: How prepared will I be if I catch COVID? Of course, no one wants to catch the virus, but we’re living in very uncertain times. It’s best to be on the safe side and be prepared as best you can.
Colleges are encouraging students to not only pack light but to pack “COVID Bags” or “Go Bags.” This bag is meant to be a quick grab and go in case one contracts the virus. Here’s what your bag should consist of:
- Comfortable clothes. Consider packing pajamas and jogging pants.
- A backup charger. Make sure that you have an extra charger in your bag for your phone.
- Non-perishable snacks and food
- Most importantly make sure you have a paper with family’s contact information so that the university will know who to contact in case you have to move quickly and don’t have time to update your family members.
- You may also want to add: Hand sanitizer, plastic gloves, and new face masks
- Finally, make sure to keep all of this in one spot and don’t unpack it! You want to make sure that you can have a swift transition.
Despite this being a massive adjustment for many students, I hope this year will be a safe and healthy one. Remember, mask up and wash your hands.
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Freshman, DePaul University