How to Make a FIrst Aid Kit for an Ocean Beach Vacation

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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 more situations you might encounter at the beach.

Things You'll Need

  • sun screen
  • A&D ointment
  • calamine lotion
  • waterproof adhesive bandages of various sizes
  • soap
  • antibiotic ointment
  • emergency cold pack (the kind you squeeze to activate)
  • rubbing alcohol
  • meat tenderizer
  • pointed tweezers
  • antihistamine tablets (or liquid)

Put in items to prevent and treat 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, use A&D ointment or calamine lotion.

Put in waterproof adhesive bandages for those inevitable small cuts and scrapes. Also add soap and antibiotic ointment to your kit for cleaning the cut or scrape before covering it with a bandage.

Put an emergency cold pack into your kit (the kind that you squeeze to activate). The cold pack can be used for any situation in which you are trying to control swelling.

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.

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