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Moving into a residence hall? Tips for packing a quarantine bag

Amid concerns about moving into college residence halls during the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Director of Student Housing and Residence Life Matthew Perry emphasizes safety and common sense as students prepare to move into Hunter Hall this fall—as well as masks and lots of disinfectant and hand sanitizer.

“If students do happen to test positive or have been exposed to the virus, it’s good to think ahead and develop an isolation plan,” Perry said. “It’s helpful to consider packing an emergency COVID-19 bag in case a student has to quarantine.”

In order for a friend or a roommate to simply grab a bag and take it to the student’s location, Perry suggests the following items collected in advance could reduce the stress of going into quarantine:

  • An extra cell phone charger
  • A list of important peoples’ names and phone numbers, written out
  • Insurance information, in case you need to see a doctor or be hospitalized
  • List of allergies and any other important medical health information
  • List of prescription medication you are currently on
  • Several changes of comfortable clothes like pajamas, T-shirts, sweats, socks
  • A fleece blanket
  • A thermometer
  • Lotion
  • Hand sanitizer and hand soap
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hairbrush/comb/hair ties
  • Cough drops or cough syrup
  • Tylenol or other fever reducer
  • Vicks VapoRub
  • Prescription medication
  • Tissues
  • Masks
  • Distractions, like books, cards, games, colored pencils and paper
  • Powdered Gatorade so you can just add water and keep hydrated
  • Protein bars or other snacks

Learn more about move-in procedures at Hunter Hall online.