The Chesapeake Bay Guide
General First Aid Kit Information

The following information is to be used as a guide only.  We at are by no means doctors and the following information is provided and to be used as a guide only.  We accept no responsibility whatsoever in the event of an emergency or if any incorrect care is given.  If you have any further suggestions for this first aid list email them to us.

The following items make up a general first aid kit.
  • Watertight Container:  To keep everything dry
  • Bandages - Band-Aids: Plenty of them, different sizes, for cuts and scrapes
  • Betadine - Hydrogen Peroxide:  To cleanse wounds
  • Antiseptic Ointment:  To soothe and help healing
  • Burn Ointment:  To soothe and help heal minor burns
  • Adhesive Tape:  Wet Band-Aids may need this
  • Sterile Gauze Bandages:  For larger wounds
  • Ace Bandage:  For stopping bleeding and helping mild sprains
  • Pain Reliever - Aspirin, Tylenol:  For relief of minor pain, headaches
  • Seasickness Remedy:  For prevention or remedy of seasickness
  • Sharp Scissors:  For cutting bandages etc.
  • Sunburn Lotion: At least SPF 8
  • Meat Tenderizer:  For jellyfish stings
  • Eye Wash: Saline solution for rinsing eyes
  • Tweezers:  For minor splinters
  • Bug Spray - Bite Medication:  For bee stings and other pesky insects
  • The following items should be added for overnight or extended cruises.

    Extra Of All The Above Plus:

    • Stronger Pain Medication
    • Alcohol Swabs
    • Thermometer
    • Allergy Medication
    • Cold Medication
    • Sunburn Relief Cream
    • Antacids
    • Diarrhea Medication
    You may detirmine that extra items not listed might be needed by your own experiences or individuals needs.  It is always a good idea to have plenty of water on board, not only for drinking but for rinsing wounds.  Gatorade is an exceptional thirst quencher and helps the body gain vital nutrients when exposed to the sun.  Another necessity of course would be a  VHF ship to shore radio and/or a cell phone to be used in case of emergencies.  Always make sure you know the hailing and distress channels on the VHF and the phone numbers for the local Coast Guard and/or towing company handy, you can never find them quick enough in an emergency.  When on the water and an injury occurs and your not sure what to do, return to port or go to a nearby port for medical attention.  Remember, It's always better to be safe than sorry.

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