Why You need a First Aid Kit for Surf Travel

August 18, 2015

First things first, you are not invincible or perfect. If that was the case, life would be boring and unchallenging with no risk. Fear is a driver behind the chances we take in life that gives us the feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment when you go down that road. It’s the best feeling in the world to succeed when going out of your comfort zone, but taking chances has its consequences and sometimes they need patching up.

Surf travel is fun, exciting and full of the unexpected. It’s also the unknown you need to be prepared for, such as travellers diarrhea, food poisoning, dehydration, insect stings, reef cuts and worse. Sometimes there are more problems that can happen out of the water than in it. Getting ill or injured and feeling like complete shit on a surf trip in a different country is not a fun situation. But if you prepare properly and bring the necessary supplies and medication in case one of these situations arise, the problem can most likely be easily remedied and the trip can go on as planned. 

A basic first aid kit should include the following essentials:

  • Charcoal tabs – excellent for treating food poisoning, nausea and upset stomachs
  • Antihistamine tabs
  • Electrolytes (potassium tablets or gel) – For rehydration
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Antiseptic wipes – wound cleaning
  • Band aids
  • Gauze pads
  • First aid antiseptic gel (preferably antibiotic free)
  • First aid tape
  • Basic First Aid manual

If you want your kit to be more “surf specific” and “extreme”, add in a suture kit, water purification tabs, vinegar packets, duct tape and rash/itch gel.

You will never be able to prepare for everything that can occur, but having a back up plan in place can make the difference between a fun surf trip and a miserable one.

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