First Aid Kit for Offshore and Ocean Cruising

Yes your doctor will prescribe the medications below if they know you are going offshore or onto the open ocean.  It is also highly recommended that someone on board has advanced first aid training.

Topical Treatments
- Flamazine (burns)
- Bactroban, Polysporin (infections)
- Anti-fungal Ointment

Allergic Reactions
- Anakit (severe reactions)
- Benadryl (moderate reactions)
- Claritin (mild reactions)
- Salbutarnol Inhaler (wheezing reactions)

Pain Control
- Aspirin (sunburn)
- Naproxen (sprains, strains, cramps)
- Acetaminophen (mild to moderate pain)
- Morphine (severe pain)

- Scopolamine Patches
- Gravol Suppositories or injectable (if already vomiting)

- Sudafed (decongestant)
- Amoxicillin, Sulpha (antibiotic, check for allergies)
- Polysporin

- Sulpah, Cipro (Bladder)
- Cephalexin, Erythromycin (Skin)
- Penicillin, Cephalexin, Erythromcin (Mouth/Dental)
- Sulpha, Erythromycin (Chest/Sinus)
- Canestan, Monistat (Vaginitis)

- Ranitidine, Pepsid
- Maalox, Diovol

- Gastrolyte (ro replace fluid loss)
- Immodium (to decrease bowel movements)
- Lomotil (for severe cases)

- 1 - 5% povidine iodine
- Sterile saline
- Alcohol Swabs

- Scissors
- Splinter forceps / tweezers
- Needles
- Syringes

- Telfa
- Gauze Squares
- Kling Bandages
- Bandaids
- Steri-strips
- Second Skin
- Tensor Bandages

- Local Anesthetic
- Suture Kit
- Fiberglass Cast Material

*This information is from ISPA's Yachtmaster Offshore course.  It is one of the many topics that are covered to prepare you for Offshore or Ocean traveling.  Do not underestimate the need of a good first aid kit.  When a situation occurs, it becomes critically important.  Consult with your family doctor and they can help you prepare for a journey of this magnitude.  Ocean crossing is even more critical as you will be on your own for long periods of time.