A first-aid kit is a must have! There are so many different situations where it might come in handy that there is really no excuse for not having one in your kayak. If you are going kayak touring, then you can probably fit a small first-aid kit into the bulkhead of your kayak. This will not add very much weight, and while you probably won’t need to use it, you would not like to be in a situation where a first-aid kit is needed and discover that you do not have one with you.
There are several things that you should put in any first-aid kit, the first few being bandages. You should make sure that the bandages you have are enough. For instance, it’s recommended that you have adhesive tape and gauze pads in addition to the regular self-adhesive bandages. That way, you’ll be able to deal with almost any size cut.
There are a few other things that you will probably want to put in a first-aid kit for kayaking that you might not put in other types of first-aid kits. For instance, you should think about adding a few motion sickness tablets. If you’re going to be out on rough or rolling seas, then this might come in helpful. While it is not an emergency, the last thing you want to do is feel sick and not entirely capable while you are out at sea.
You should also put water purification tablets into your first-aid kit since you never know when you’ll be stuck and need water. These tablets can be very useful for that reason. Plus, it is much lighter to carry these tablets than it is to carry a lot of bottled water.
Other things that should be in the first-aid kit are fairly obvious. For instance, you should make sure that you have ibuprofen or aspirin tablets just in case somebody gets a headache or feels ill. You should also make sure that you have calamine lotion for insect bites, since those can be fairly annoying – and there’s no reason to suffer through insect bites when it’s so easy to relieve the itching.
Finally, make sure you have a hand warmer, tweezers, and scissors. The last two are usually overlooked, but if you need to cut your medical tape and don’t have scissors, you might be in a bad situation. If you’re not sure you can put together your own first-aid kit, don’t worry. There are plenty sold in stores, already assembled for you.