Things To Consider Before Arrival

Things to consider before arrival:

  • Put together a basic self care kit and review how to use it when needed.  Suggested basic items:  pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, inexpensive digital thermometer, various sized band aids, cold or allergy medication, throat lozenges, Tums, tweezers, ice pack, antibiotic ointment, non stick gauze, adhesive tape, insect repellent with DEET, and sunscreen.  It is also recommended to bring with you several at-home Covid-19 test kits.  You can request free at-home Covid-19 tests from the United States Postal Service. If you are a MN resident, you can request tests from the MN Department of Health. If you are not a MN resident, please check with your state’s health department and see if they offer free Covid-19 test kits.  Please visit the CDC website for more information about Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Consider getting a flu shot before arrival on campus.  It’s one less thing you need to think about during the school year.
  • Check with your health care provider to make sure immunizations are up to date.  Get a physical if you are due for one.  A physical is not required for matriculation, but is strongly recommended for all students before arrival on campus.  Having a physical allows your health care provider an opportunity to update any needed immunizations, refill medications, and provide written prescriptions (including ADD prescriptions), and assess health needs.  If you have asthma, you should have updated prescriptions and been given an asthma plan.  Physicals are not available on campus.
  • See your dentist for a regular check up at  least 6 months prior to coming to school.
  • If you wear contacts, bring a back up pair of glasses to campus.
  • Bring a copy of your insurance card or information and keep it in a place you can find it if needed.
  • Transfer prescriptions to a local pharmacy if needed.