Create an Onboard First Aid Kit

A boat is no place to suffer an injury. When you’re out on the water, you don’t have quick access to emergency medical care, and you likely don’t have a fully-stocked medicine cabinet like at home. That’s why it’s important to have a good first aid kit onboard so you can quickly help yourself or others. Here’s what should be in it.

  • A first aid instruction book to guide you in an emergency
  • Basics like adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream and aspirin
  • Medication for stomach ailments like motion sickness, diarrhea and indigestion
  • Anti-itch lotion or cream
  • Chemical ice packs
  • Medical tools such as tweezers, scissors, gloves and cotton swabs
  • Clean towels to stop bleeding or wrap ice
  • Bottled water to rinse wounds
  • Butterfly bandages to close open wounds
  • Splint material to stabilize a broken bone
  • Bandages to wrap a wrist or ankle
  • Eye drops in case you get a substance in your eye
  • Burn cream or ointment

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