We have compiled a list of general over the counter medicines which we believe that you may need. These are generic medicines that are over the counter in most countries. Again please please make sure you can take any of the below medicine and consult your GP before taking any medication.

1) A pain reliever

There’s a high chance you’ll get sore playing sport or dragging your luggage around campus. So, if you twisted an ankle on cobblestone roads or woke up with menstrual cramps you’ll be covered. Be mindful not to take more than the dose recommended on the bottle as these medicines can be rough on your liver and kidneys if used in excess.

2) Antibiotic ointment

We all can be clumsy and let’s be honest when your coking in a new kitchen don’t be shocked if you cut or scratch yourself. Now before you grab the ointment remember most cuts can be cured by just water and some soap. Antibiotic ointment can speed the process and prevent scarring.

3) Anti-histamine

If you’re prone to allergies it’s always good to have a dose of antihistamines on hand, especially in a new environment. Fair warning: Some antihistamines, like Benadryl, will also make you drowsy, which isn’t ideal if you were hoping to spend the day productively.

4) Common-cold remedies

There’s no way to treat the cold itself (it’s a virus, not a bacteria, so antibiotics are useless against it). Some over-the-counter medications can reduce the symptoms so you can still enjoy your day and recover quickly. Some common cold remedies include staying hydrated,taking rest and use pain relievers. You can find a great list of common cold remedies here.

5) Electrolyte tablets

If you get headaches or feel dehydrated so it’s always good to have a few electrolyte tablets on hand. If you suddenly notice you’re feeling lethargic, have dry mouth, or have a headache, you may be dehydrated. Drop an electrolyte tab in your water bottle and let it dissolve. Not only will it help replenish what you’ve lost, but if you find some with a flavor. Tasty electrolytes may encourage you to drink more water throughout the day.

It also important you register at a local NHS clinic when you’ve moved to university. You can find out more here.