Medical kit for a sailboat

Liz sustains an injury after stumbling about in the dark and putting the wrong eye-drops into her eye. Eventually (in a later episode) this leads to treatment by a doctor and eye specialist.

We discuss what kind of medical kit and first aid knowledge is needed to be a serious cruiser.  A kit should contain some, all or more of the following depending on your situation:

  • Medications: antihistamines, laxatives, zinc oxide, cold medicine, glucose, cortisone, sea sickness prevention tablets, nasal spray and sting relief to name but a few.
  • Wound care: irrigation syringes, antibiotic ointment, dressings, eye-pads, sterile dressings, gauze pads, waterproof bandages and a scalpel, among other items.
  • More serious drugs like morphine or antibiotics for long-term cruising (e.g. ocean crossings) need a special licence.

And before we arrive at the last anchorage of the rally, Liz catches a Spanish mackerel for supper.

Peace and fair winds!
Jamie and Liz xx

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