What to pack in your Kayak/Canoe First Aid Kit.

Summer seems to go so fast. and like many others,  I plan to enjoy every minute of it. Enjoying a day trip in your kayak or canoe can be extremely relaxing.

Before leaving shore, here are some items you will want to have on hand in your First Aid Kit….

  1. Ibuprofen reduces inflammation and is a must have in any first aid kit. Aspirin are good to have on hand in the event of a heart attack. Aspirin helps by inhibiting blood clots until emergency treatment can be given. If you suspect a heart attack, call 9-1-1. Benadryl is a type of antihistamine you should have on hand in case of bee sting or other allergic reactions. Carry a candy bar or Glucose paste in case of a diabetic attack. Hydrocortisone cream 1% would be great for insect bites and rashes from poison ivy. Immodium is great if you have the misfortune of diarrhea.
  2. You can purchase waterproof cell phone cases to protect your phone to keep on hand for emergencies. Dry bags will protect your items in most instances. Kitchen food sealers work great for waterproofing your items and keeping them clean.
  3. Basic EMT items: CPR mask, digital thermometer,scizzors, irrigation syringe, Betadine or alcohol wipes, antimicrobial hand wipes if you are unable to wash your hands, assorted bandages, 2×2 sterile dressings, eye pad, 8×10 trauma pads, adhesive tape and an antibacterial cream.

Survival gear should include:

Safety pins, waterproof matches, striking sheet, emergency blanket, duct tape (you can always use this), headlamp with extra batteries, water purification tablets and a small tube of Aquaseal.