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Dorm Kit

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Essentials

  • Personal identification, including any allergies, dietary, or medical needs
  • Key phone numbers, including your primary-care physician and a family member
  • Cash and change, phone card
  • An extra set of keys
  • Prescription medications
  • First aid kit, including aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever, adhesive bandages, antibiotic/ burn ointment, sterile gauze pads and a handbook
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio with extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Extra layer of clothing
  • Water purification tablets
  • Food: Enough for a couple of days: Nutritious items that have a long shelf-life and that require little preparation
  • Mess kit or utensils: knife, fork, spoon, cup
  • Blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Extra pair of contacts or eyeglasses
  • Water: a couple of jugs kept outside your kit pack (one gallon per person per day is a safe estimate)

Sanitation Supplies

  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Paper towels
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Large trash bags

Safety and Comfort

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Heavy-duty gloves (e.g., for clearing glass or debris)
  • Dust masks (N95 rating)
  • Change of clothing
  • Treats and games to help pass the time

Next steps

Once you've learned the Be Hokie Ready basics, explore these resources to learn more about how to react before, during, and after an emergency incident: