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Dorm Kit

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  • 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