Today, we’ll be tackling the first aid kit. Sailing is a vacation not many get to have. It’s a luxury to most. Not only does it require some serious amount of time off of work and home, but it also requires, well, to your common sense a boat. And it requires some serious courage, too. It isn’t like going to the beach where you simply soak up the sun. Everything you need is essentially on the shore. Restaurants, shopping centers, and medical clinics. However, once you’re out, you’ll be completely on your own. So it’s important to have a first aid kit available as you sail.
First Aid Kit: How It Came About
It started with a conversation. On a train. About the conditions of railway workers. And it was a conversation between a surgeon and a man named Robert Wood Johnson. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because we’re sure you’ve used one and many more of his products. Robert Wood Johnson would later be the foundation of the gargantuan conglomerate Johnson & Johnson.
So, back to that conversation. During the 1800s, it was difficult to get medical assistance when traveling. Railroad workers who fell ill or had accidents would often have to wait to get to the next train stop to seek medical assistance. Moreover, the distances they traversed were often long. It would take more than a while for them to get the help that they needed.
Thus, the first aid kit was born. Johnson came up with the idea and include some essential items that would cure simple injuries and illnesses. Bandages, gauze, antiseptics, headache relievers, alcohol (not the drink) and the like.
Since then, it has been almost 125 that the first aid kit came into existence. All thanks to that conversation. Today, most kits include various items that are usually needed depending on where it will be used. Although most of the items are almost the same.
What Should Be Included?
Bandages, gauze, and plasters in a variety of sizes. Different roles of these will work for you while you’re treading the sea. Why? Because you won’t know what kind and size of injury you’ll be needing them for. Disposable gloves, tweezers, scissors, medical-grade tape, and a sterilizing agent. The latter, you can have a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and another bottle of disinfectant. Add antiseptic wipes to this list.
Additionally, include in that mix paracetamol, aspirin for headaches and similar types of pain killers, pills for stomach trouble, hydration pills, antihistamine tablets and/or cream. Don’t forget to also include anti-insect sprays, eye drops, cold and cough pills and/or syrup and nasal sprays.
Of course, if you’re already currently under medication or are allergic to specific agents, then bring those along as well. Digital thermometers are to be added to the kit, along with blood pressure devices (if you have one).
To summarize it, if you can think of other kinds of medicines that you think you’ll need for emergencies during the trip, don’t hold back. It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it, right? Oh, and before we forget, pack up on a whole lot of distilled water!