Personal First Aid Kit
Personal First Aid Kit
Crucial – The Basics
Everyone should have a kit with these things and should take this kit on outings.
Band aids®- it's worth buying the highest quality, most flexible, waterproof strips in a variety of sizes.
Eye drops- Artificial tears (e.g. NeoTears®), Visine®
Imodium® OTC or Lomotil® (to treat diarrhea)
Dramamine® or other motion sickness prevention
Neosporin® (over the counter) or terramycin® (by prescription in the US) to prevent infection of small cuts, scrapes, and insect bites
Tweezers- needle point/surgical
Tape- waterproof, flexible, breathable surgical tape
Pain relievers/fever reducers (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and/or Aspirin)
Insect repellant, sunscreen
Peroxide based water purification system or water purification tablets, iodine, or a small bottle (2 – 3 oz) of Chlorine bleach
A bit of cash ($20 in fives) – dollars are fine
Vitamins- if you use them
Waterproof lighter or matches
Prescription and OTC medications you characteristically use
Emergency contact information
Optional (Mix and Match)
All of these have been useful at some point to someone. Add those that seem to make sense.
Erythromycin, Cipro (ciprofloxacin), or another broad spectrum antibiotic (
) these require a prescription in the US but you can pick it up off the shelf at any pharmacy in Nicaragua.
Alcohol pads & benzalkonium sterile wipes
Aloe Vera gel - relieves the pain and speeds the healing of sunburn.
Anti-histamine tablets – for allergies and also control of swelling from insect bites
Codeine – easier, perhaps to find in Nicaragua
Alcohol - 4oz of rum, whiskey, brandy, gin, etc.
Electrolytes- to ease dehydration due to diarrhea or vomiting.
Moleskin- to prevent and protect blisters
Scissors, scalpel, small multi-use knife, or razorblade
Sterile surgical gauze
Stainless steel nail file
Super glue (
emergency repairs of equipment and an alternative to sutures
100 lb. Test braided nylon line (50 feet)
Spare contacts or glasses
Nylon sewing thread and needles-
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