If you are going on a vacation to an ocean beach, you should have a specialized first aid kit with you. Follow these simple directions to make a kit that will provide remedies for most situations that you might encounter at the beach.
Things You'll Need
- sun screen
- A&D ointment
- calamine lotion
- waterproof adhesive bandages of various sizes
- gauze pads
- antibiotic ointment
- instant cold packs
- meat tenderizer
- antihistamine tablets (or liquid)
- pointed tweezers
- blunt tweezers
- a basic first aid book
- instructions on how to treat stings from ocean creatures
Put in items for preventing and treating sun burns. Purchase waterproof sun screen with an SPF factor of at least 30 (50 is recommended for children of for anyone with fair skin). The beach is a prime place to get burned so don't take any chances. For treating burns, put in A&D ointment and/or calamine lotion.
Put in waterproof adhesive bandages, gauze pads, soap and antibiotic ointment so you can treat any small cuts or scrapes.
Add at least two instant cold packs. These can be used for any swelling or pain, such as stings, burns, bruises, or joint sprains.
Add items for treating jellyfish stings: vinegar, meat tenderizer and antihistamine tablets. Vinegar is used to treat jellyfish and box jelly stings (but not Man-O-War stings). The vinegar neutralizes any remaining stingers in tentacles that have not already discharged. Meat tenderizer is recommended for Man-O-War stings, instead of vinegar. The antihistamine tablets will relieve itching and will also prevent or slow down any allergic reaction. The antihistamine tablets can also be used for other situations that involve allergic reactions or itching of the skin, such as food allergies or mosquito bites.
Add a pair of pointed tweezers and a pair of blunt tweezers for plucking out stingers or spines from creatures such as sea urchins, or for removing common splinters.
Don't forget to put in some information about how to use all these items. Include a basic first aid book, plus some instructions for how to treat stings by ocean creatures such as jellyfish and sea urchins.
Last, but not least, don't forget to put in ibuprofen ("Advil") and acetaminophen ("Tylenol"). Use ibuprofen for swelling or pain and acetaminophen for pain or fever.
Tips & Warnings
- This first aid kit does not contain serious emergency items such as CPR equipment. For more advanced first aid kits, see the resource listed below.
- If you would rather not run around gathering all these supplies, you can purchase an ocean first aid kit from the resource listed below.
- Always get emergency help if a sting victim is having unusual pain or swelling or distressing symptoms such as rapid heart beat.