Heading off to university is an exciting chapter in life, but it can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you have allergies.
Beth, our social media manager, knows this struggle all too well. Having enjoyed three reaction-free years at university, she’s compiled a list of essentials to help ensure your safety and comfort throughout your academic adventure.
Beth’s Top Tips:
1. Medical Alert Badge or Bracelet
In any emergency, quick communication of your allergies is crucial.
That’s why a medical alert badge or bracelet tops our list of essentials. These lifesavers can speak for you when you can’t. In the event of an allergic reaction, you can show people your bracelet, making it easier for them to understand what’s happening. Plus, when paramedics arrive, the information on your bracelet helps them identify the issue swiftly, potentially saving valuable time. For more information, visit the Medicalert website.
You should also consider ordering a trainer pen from the Jext and EpiPen websites. In this way, you can show your housemates and friends how to use your medication in case of an emergency. This is particularly important if you can’t administer your AAI’s yourself.
2. Mini Fridge (if allowed in dorms)
Cross-contamination can be a significant concern, especially in shared living spaces.
If your university allows it, consider bringing a mini fridge to keep your food separate from your dorm mates. This not only reduces the risk of cross-contamination but also gives you peace of mind about the safety of your meals. Be sure to check with your university about their policy on mini fridges in dorms; they may make a special allowance for allergy-related needs.
3. Library of Safe Recipes
While university life often comes with a sense of culinary adventure, it might not be the best time to experiment with new foods, especially if you have allergies.
Having a collection of safe, go-to recipes can be a game-changer. Knowing you have options that are both delicious and allergen-free provides a comforting fallback for when you’re craving a homemade meal.
4. Bag for Nights Out
University life often includes socialising and nights out with friends.
Don’t forget to bring a bag that is big enough to carry your allergy medications. Your safety should always come first, so ensure you have your medications on hand, just in case.
With a well-prepared bag, you can enjoy your time out with confidence.
5. Power Bank
In today’s world, a charged phone is your lifeline, especially in emergencies.
Carry a power bank with you to ensure your phone is always ready when you need it most. You never know when you might need to call for help or access important medical information in a hurry.
6. Local Doctor’s Surgery
While you’re at university, having access to a nearby doctor’s surgery is essential.
This is your safety net in case you experience any allergy-related issues or need a refill on your medication. Knowing you have medical support within reach can provide peace of mind as you navigate your academic journey.
Heading to university with allergies doesn’t have to be daunting.
By packing these essential items and staying vigilant about your safety, you can enjoy a successful, reaction-free university experience. Beth’s three years of allergy-free living at university are a testament to the power of preparation and smart choices. Remember, your well-being is the top priority, so take these steps to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time at university.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. You might also enjoy reading “Thriving at University with Food Allergies and Coeliac Disease“.