What’s in your boating first aid kit?

One of those things when you need it you really need it.

One of my kids rolled his ankle down the bottom of a gorge in Karijini a couple of weeks ago and turns out I had ‘borrowed’ the car first aid kit for a remote boating trip a few days earlier and not replaced it. 

Took the opportunity to grab 2 Offroad kits from St Johns a couple of days later. One for the boat and one for the car. 

What are the extra bits you like to carry on top of the standard kit? 

Ive added compression bandage and ventolin inhaler and got a dry bag that the kit fits inside so far. What am I missing? 






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 Bandaid tough strips both

Mon, 2019-08-19 19:31


Bandaid tough strips both sizes (actually stick)

disinfectant and gauze

Wound dressings (no 12 and 14) - control any major bleeding (sharp knife accidents etc)

couple of foil emergency blankets - hypothermia - a must have

stick on suture strips come in handy at times (I even patched the dog up after she pulled a couple of stiches and took her to the vet who said leave it as is with the stick ons)



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Was going to grab some

Tue, 2019-08-20 07:48

Was going to grab some tougher bandaids today. Will add the suture strips too.  


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Smart snake bandage

Mon, 2019-08-19 19:50

 I'd add a couple of these.  Takes the guess work out of how tight to wind a compression bandage for snake bite.  One will do for an arm.  Two are needed for a leg.

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Small pair of bolt cutters

Mon, 2019-08-19 20:05

I read a story (might of been Western Angler) where they were carried for years without need, then one day got to cut off a big hook. I went straight out and bought one for the boat

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I've been carrying them for years

Tue, 2019-08-20 07:59

 In a plastic bag, in a dry place,  refresh the WD40 every year. I was once in the position of having a heavy metal jig embedded in my forearm, heavy treble connected by a solid brass ring. As I had to operate on myself, the way it was stuck in,  needed to cut the trebles off first. What a *** job with a pair of (good) pliers. I have carried the bolt cutters ever since.

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30 Export cans - negates the

Mon, 2019-08-19 20:39

30 Export cans - negates the need for anything else if you drink them all!

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Once we move towards the last

Tue, 2019-08-20 07:50

Once we move towards the last block that’s the emergency in itself and clear it’s time to think about heading back.  


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After seeing my cousin get

Mon, 2019-08-19 21:25

After seeing my cousin get tagged by a scorpion fish a 12v kettle wouldn't be such a silly thing to carry


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 Stonefish are a real

Tue, 2019-08-20 07:47

 Stonefish are a real possibility so that’s a good call. I have a 12v pie warmer so might take a bit longer to heat up but have the capability. 


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Had an old one given to

Tue, 2019-08-20 06:55

Had an old one given to me..Band aids, bandage and Panadol.

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My Reply

Tue, 2019-08-20 07:08

Think of a possible accident that may happen and ask everyone in the family,then put it in the kit,couple of things would be,

zip lock bags large for ice bag
Vinegar (if NTH)
Tourniquet (to stem major bleeding)
Water proof Matches
Put in a back pack
the list can go on .



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Most of those on board

Tue, 2019-08-20 07:52

Most of those on board already.  Vinegar is one that’s easy to forget to replace after a big session making nummus.  


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done meself a few mischiefs

Tue, 2019-08-20 09:09

I've had a few dramas over the years...

some of the things I like to carry from previous experiences below. I like to travel small, so only the shit that's really needed, and as small as possible. if you away and need anything more than below, its time to go get help!

1). high strength pain killers. tramadols, oxycontins, oxynorms, endone, panadiene forte's, palexia, whatever you can get. you only need one or 2 in the kit, because sometimes its a looooong drive on a bumpy track or ocean to get help. try get the "immediate acting" ones, rather than the "slow release".

2). super glue. good for closing gaping wounds, and fixing broken shit.

3). strapping tape. good for reinforcing bandaids, closing gaping wounds, strapping injuries, and fixing broken shit.

4). betadine and bactraban. sometimes the infection a few days later is often worse than the original injury, especially in ocean environment.

5). anti allergy meds, and Otrivin plus. telfast, etc for the hayfevers. Otrivin will unblock any runny nose (which is a must for diving), but can only be used for a few days (as its not overly good for you).

6). a bottle of good single malt whisky.

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Duct tape

Tue, 2019-08-20 10:49

 Roll of duct tape, box of Panadiene forte and a very sharp knife, anything else can be improvised

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first aid

Tue, 2019-08-20 18:05

my last extended trip away i added some numb it cream you can get from the chemist. i figured it would help

in the event of ever having to remove any hooks stuck in the skin. i`ve used it before for tattoos in sensative areas

and it take about 30 mins and you can`t feel anything.

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My daughter

Tue, 2019-08-20 18:19

split her head open recently , wasnt a small gash. Approx 30-40mm long About 50mm above left ear.

Hard place to stich no doubt.

Doctors crossed her hair over in about 4 places and  put a drop of super glue on to hold in place. 

They said give it 5 days then she can wash her hair and glue will dissolve.  

Wish I had asked what sort of SG.. Works if you have hair I guess!


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Triangular bandages - lots of them

Wed, 2019-08-21 09:08

 Single most useful item you can have - wound dressing and bandaging, slings, compression bandaging, roll into pad for comfort/cushioning, immobilise limbs, wet them for cleaning etc.




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 Yep probally covered all it

Wed, 2019-08-21 12:52

 Yep probally covered all it above, We do a fair bit of remote travel weather that is the monties or far flung reaches of NT rivers hundreds of kms from help. I always carry full first aid kits in both the boat and 4x4. Always heavy on bandages to stop bleeding, tape the medical kind and duct, eye wash, pins, super glue, Gauze, anteseptic wash.

You can buy most stuff from the red cross and make your own kit up if you like of they sell ready made ones too. 

Definatly should carry good kits if you go out of reach of help. 



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 Bolt cutters and super

Wed, 2019-08-21 13:29

 Bolt cutters and super glue.. Its amazing how well super glue will seal a cut if the skin is pushed together first

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 Rum and electricians tape.

Wed, 2019-08-21 13:56

 Rum and electricians tape.


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As a spearo I now always

Wed, 2019-08-21 17:39

As a spearo I now always carry a tourniquet commonly used in the ER department of hospitals.

If one of us does get nibbled hopefully this will assist.

Plus a standard first aid kit.

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 We have got just about every

Wed, 2019-08-21 19:23

 We have got just about every t hing you need but one i didnt see mentioned was paroxide . That stuff is great and been used many times out on t he boat. Will kill any bacteria just gotta get the stronger stuff. May tickle a bit tho 


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LIdocain & superglue  

Sat, 2019-08-24 21:01

LIdocain & superglue  

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what is lidocain used for

Sat, 2019-08-24 21:03

is it some kind of pain killer or what.

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what is lidocain used for

Thu, 2019-09-05 17:31

 It is a type of local anasthetic which can be either applied as a cream or injected intra muscular.


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Coming from a medical

Thu, 2019-09-05 17:54

Coming from a medical background I have full suture kit along with local anaesthetic for injection, scalpels, multiple different dressing types and some surgical glue.
On top of that basic analgesia and some stronger analgesia, nothing worse than pain on a long trip home.


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