A quality first aid kit should be included in your essential equipment for the boat. Kits are plentiful and are designed for short inshore trips or overnight ventures into the Gulf of Mexico.
A boaters’ first aid kit should include the essentials, like bandages, gauze, medical tape, scissors, aloe gel for sunburn, aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), antibiotic cream, tweezers, alcohol cleansing wipes and nitrile gloves.
For a kit that won’t break the bank, you can find one for less than $20 that will include those items and possibly a few more.
Go online and search for kits in that price range and you’ll find the Xpress All-Purpose First Aid Kit that covers all the essentials and adds a few more – butterfly wound closures, tongue depressors, first aid guide, sterile eye pad and sting relief wipes. The only drawback is it needs to be stored in a waterproof container.
Another kit in that price range is the Be Smart Get Prepare First Aid Kit with 303 pieces of treatment products and comes in an impact-resistant case.
Stepping up a notch is the Swiss Safe 2-in-1 kit that adds a six-pack of glow sticks, a cold pack, a whistle and a compass.