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There are 14 comments on 10 Smart Things to Bring to Campus for a Semester Defined by Coronavirus

  1. Always great advice, coming from the Dean Of Students office at BU.

    They never fail to bring practical, sound advice for any situation that may arise.

  2. Are you absolutely out of your mind to frame preparing a quarantine bag as a surprising “tip”? Do you even fathom what you are saying? You are saying be prepared with a suitcase in case you catch a deadly virus by coming back to campus! The common sense that you describe as a perky tip for the semester should be NOT to come back to campus! This is horrifying and systolic while being framed as helpful advice.

    1. Totally agree with this. The plans for returning students to BU in two weeks bare unrealistic and clearly put our students at deadly risk for no good reason (other than the financial well being of the university). Common sense dictates that BU, Northeastern and all other institutions with a large number (75%+) of out of state students delay reopening until at least Spring 2021 when more will be known about disease transmission and when students will be able to spend more
      time outdoors. It’s insane to do otherwise.

  3. Great tips. We have plenty more on Facebook in our parents group BU Parents United including what to pack in a COVID-19 bag in case you are quarantined and/or isolated.
    Thank you to Dean Elmore and his dedicated staff who have been tirelessly advocating for our students! Go Terriers!

  4. Looks like the BU administration forgot to pack their common sense when they decided to open campus.

    Students, the best way to keep yourself safe is to NOT COME TO CAMPUS.

  5. This is great, thank you! I posted this in a BU FB group:

    I saw this idea on a parent group site, and thought it’d be an excellent idea to share —

    With the unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus, the strong possibility exists that your child may test positive, and have to leave/her dorm for a quarantine location. It would really help your student to have a pre-packed quarantine bag in his/her closet. It would be much easier to ask a roommate to grab “the blue duffel bag in my closet and my laptop” then to ask the roommate try to figure out what he or she will want for two weeks and where to find everything.

    Here’s what’s in my student’s COVID QUARANTINE BAG:
    Medical Power of Attorney / HIPAA Waiver (keep digital copy handy)
    Extra cell phone charger
    Printed or written list of important peoples’ names and numbers, insurance info and a list of any allergies
    2 or more complete changes of comfy clothes, sweats, PJs, T-shirts
    Fuzzy socks
    Fleece throw (squeeze into an XL baggie with air forced out
    Cough drops
    Tylenol to bring fever down
    Advil to help with body aches
    Vicks Vap O Rub
    Mucinex DM or Robitussin Cough & Chest Congestion
    Thermometer
    Pulse oximeter
    Body lotion, personal hygiene items, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hair brush
    Prescription meds
    Tissues
    Sealed snacks
    A few face masks
    Some sort of distraction-even a coloring book with colored pencils or a deck of cards.

  6. Fabulous post!

    I have been trying to keep basic quarantine items in my backpack to be ready without regard to being a student or on campus! Any of us might wake up seriously sick such that gathering things together quickly could be challenging.

    I might have added that it is valuable to have a web cam on your laptop and ideally strong batteries in your laptop and cell phone since Zooming is likely to be a much bigger part of your life even if you are on campus.

  7. I think giving a tip about bringing “good noise-cancelling headphones” is a pretty big assumption to make about who can afford what in this whole process. Other things can be purchased for a range of prices, but not these. Some students are only able to come to BU because they’re on generous financial aid packages. Breezy tips are useful to lighten a heavy situation, but please consider that your audience may be from a wide-range of income situations.

    1. Marie, thank you for this comment, and we absolutely do keep that in mind for all the reasons you mention. We are fully aware of the financial challenges many students face. In fact, before including that item, I personally did a search to make sure that there are headphones available at all price ranges, from $20 and up. And there are. I found one at Target for $10. If the only option was in the hundreds, it would not have made our list. But we appreciate your comment. Doug Most, executive editor

      1. Thank you, Doug. I appreciate that. My experience in a house full of musicians is that noise cancelling headphones that last are much pricier than that–which is why we don’t have any–but I now see that there is a range of options. Perhaps the musicians in my house are too fussy?

  8. Unfortunately, nothing in this guide will help with airborne transmission.

    And most items are still incredibly hard to find, especially in the Boston area. I am a high risk person who needs rubbing alcohol for medical device insertion and I have been unable to find it in store or online (for cheap) in months.

  9. Great tips! My son is looking forward to making this hybrid learning approach work in an off-campus apartment with three other students. I think it will be challenging if one of them gets COVID, but they are all juniors and will figure out how to manage. In two years they will be completely on their own, vaccine or not.

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