Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, packing for college has evolved into a major health measure — especially now that the highly contagious BA.5 subvariant and rising numbers of the Monkeypox virus.

Each semester our students head to college campuses, it’s right in the middle of a new wave of the pandemic. This is why back-to-college shopping has raised a major challenge; your young adult still needs room necessities, such as a sheet set and shower set, but now they should also bring hand sanitizer, surface and air cleaning spray, and a good supply of masks, just to name a few.

​With most colleges offering face-to-face classes, many students will be back in dorms, apartments, and fraternity and sorority houses. They’ll be exposed to new people — and possibly to COVID-19 or Monkeypox.

​So how should parents supply their college-age children to give them the best chance of staying healthy — or recovering quickly — if students do contract one of these contagious viruses? ​In this article we will cover “The Pandemic Essentials Your College Student Needs.”