College Check List

A student going away to college is an exciting time, but can also be scary and unsettling if he/she has a bleeding disorder. Whether living in a college dorm room or on an off campus apartment, a student will need some basic items to stay healthy. We have provided a short list of essentials to help a college student maintain a healthy lifestyle while away from home and on their own:
College Student
Bleeding Disorder Related Information

    • individualized health plan -should include hemophilia type/severity, medical/treatment plan, medical history and bleeding pattern, and self care steps
    • medical alert
    • address of local hospital
    • address of the nearest Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC)
    • insurance documentation
    • first-aid kid
    • sharps container
    • ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your cell phone and posted somewhere visible
    • establish a relationship with the disability office and health service center
    • other medication (including vitamins)
    • small refrigerator or storage bin for medication

Fall/Winter Fruit

    • apples
    • grapes
    • oranges or tangerines
    • pears

Essentials (purchase in bulk)

    • oatmeal packs
    • instant soups
    • cold cereals
    • whole grain bread or bagels
    • sandwich spreads (nut butters or condiments)


    • whole-grain crackers
    • granola/energy bars (low in sugar)
    • dried fruit/nuts/trail mix
    • dark chocolate (great antioxidants)
    • popcorn or pretzels


    • water filter container
    • nutrient-enhanced water
    • probiotic drinks
    • protein shakes
    • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
    • coconut water
    • soy, rice or almond milk

Personal Basics

    • shower gel
    • toothpaste and toothbrush
    • shampoo and conditioner
    • vitamins and supplements
    • other must haves

Exercise Gear

    • workout t-shirts and bottoms
    • running/cross-training shoes & socks
    • exercise mat
    • other equipment if they participate a specific sport

While extensive efforts are made to ensure accuracy of the content of each FitFactor post, these entries are not intended to be construed as medical advice or the official opinion/position of HFA, its staff, or its Board of Directors. Readers are strongly encouraged to discuss their own medical treatment with their healthcare providers.