First Aid Kit For Boat | Ready-Made versus DIY

Did you realize that you can purchase a ready made First Aid Kit for boat? You can also make your own First Aid Kit depending on your particular requirements.

How long for Emergency Services?

The question to ask yourself is, ‘What is the longest amount of time it will take Emergency Services to get to your boat?’ In some cases, the answer might be ‘within an hour’ and in other cases it’s possible that Emergency Services might take several days.

During our Atlantic Ocean Crossing , I remember thinking ‘I better not get sick or hurt now, because we’ve sailed out of the helicopter rescue air lift zone!’ Injury or illness at sea is a terrible thing to contemplate but it’s far better to be prepared rather than watch yourself or a loved one suffer (or dare I say, ‘die’) unnecessarily.

First Aid Kit for Boat

First Aid Kit for Boat

What does a boater typically require from a First Aid Kit?

We’ve been sailing for around three years now and the most common injuries we’ve had are cuts and bruises – mostly from a fall from the stairs or a kick to a deck fitting. We’ve also had burns, stubbed toes, bug bites and splinters. The illnesses that we’ve faced include: dehydration, common cold, allergies, seasickness and hair lice (yes – I know that’s gross! Took me months to get it off the boat!).

Half way across the Atlantic I came down with the worst ear infection ever! Due to the seasickness pills I was taking, they had the terrible side effect of turning my inner ear liquid to a solid. I couldn’t hear for over a week and it took three months to recover. When we looked in our First Aid Kit for Boat I thanked the gods that we had ear drops. I then tried a seasickness patch and discovered I was one of the 1 in 10,000 people allergic to the adhesive! Talk about bad luck – eh? Thankfully, I had some Hydrocortisone.

Before my husband and I left for our around the world sailing adventure we took a First Aid Course (Read more about the Sailing Courses we took). I know that First Aid isn’t very interesting but while taking the course I discovered 10 crucial tips that you’ll want to read. Seriously…after reading that article you’ll think, ‘wow – I’m happy I now know those things!’

Anyway… Below you’ll find some ready made First Aid Kits and addition to a list where you can, perhaps do-it-yourself. Or, use the list to check off what’s in a ready made kit and perhaps top-up what is missing. Remember to add that lice comb!

First Aid Kit – Ready Made Kits

First Aid Kit For Boat – DIY Checklist

  • General Assortment of plasters/ Band-Aids
  • Non-stick dressings – a variety of sizes
  • Bandages – a variety of sizes and lengths
  • Adhesive tape
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Alcohol-free moist wipes
  • Scissors, safety pins and tweezers

Topical or external treatments

  • Anti-septic cream and or spray
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Burn gel or ointment
  • Calamine lotion
  • Eyewash
  • Eardrops
  • Anti-fungal ointment
  • Local anesthetic gel


  • Painkillers: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen
  • Antihistamine: (Allergy, allergic reaction, bug bites)
  • Antibiotics: two types of broad-spectrum
  • Rehydration packets
  • Other: Laxatives, Imodium, heartburn
  • Seasickness pills
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Pre-loaded adrenaline syringe for anaphylaxis
  • Common cold medicine
  • Thrush, yeast infection, vaginal infections

First Aid monitoring tools

  • Thermometer Pulse checker
  • Otoscope to check ears
  • Cuff for heart rate
  • Stethoscope
  • Pee stick tests
  • Pen light (eye dilation)
  • Bone fractures
  • Slings Splints (variety of sizes)
  • Non-stick dressings
  • Bandages and tape


  • Heat diffuser gel pads or instant ice pads (or ice if you have an ice maker)
  • Paraffin non-stick bandages
  • Non-stick dressings
  • Serious cuts
  • Non-stick bandages
  • Dressings
  • Steristrips
  • Suturing kit

Dental & Other Considerations

What else? Anything missing?

If yes, please leave your suggestions in the comments below for others to see. When we got lice on the boat, we didn’t have a lice comb but our Canadian friends next to us did! The comb that comes with the shampoo is terrible, so we were happy to borrow a proper lice comb. Surely, there are other things I haven’t experience yet, so please add anything below – even if it’s a bit odd!

Preventing the need for a First Aid Kit

There will always be cuts, bruises, minor burns and bumps to deal with on a boat. It is important, however to get to grip with common boat safety tips a understand How to Prepare for Medical Emergencies When Boating. You don’t want to spoil a good thing with a terrible experience. Be prepared!

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