Fishermen and women are no strangers to injuries on the water. Between hooks and lead, with some Mother Nature thrown in to the mix, anglers need to prepare for the accidents that come with fishing. Most fishing injuries aren’t anything that require medical attention, maybe just some cleanup and a band aid. The rest of the injuries require medical attention. The contents of the First Aid Kit I carry are useful to help get injuries stabilized enough to get the person to a medical facility. Wilderness Survival Skills is a website I like with great information.
This is a list of what is inside of my First Aid Kit that I take with me fishing. It may seem over the top to some, or understocked to others, but I have used about 90% of this kit at some point in time. I like these items because many of them are versatile and serve more than one purpose. Other anglers are especially appreciative of my First Aid Kit when they find themselves wounded in the wilderness.
The advanced items I listed should only be used by people who have been trained on how to use them.
Fabric Knuckle Bandages (these fit most small wounds and are very comfortable)
Large Fabric Bandages
3” Ace Wrap (there are so many ways to use this for First Aid)
Sterile Gauze 2×2 and 4×4
Silk Medical Tape (very sticky and strong)
Non Adhesive Pads
Nitrile Gloves (multiple sizes)
Super Glue (once a wound has stopped bleeding I use this to seal it)
Steri-Strips and Benzoin
Duct Tape (endless uses and even works to cover blisters)
Sterile Needles (they are great to pick foreign bodies out of the skin)
20 ml Syringe (this can be used to irrigate wounds and eyes)
Mild Liquid Soap
Asprin 325 mg
Ibuprofen 400 mg
Benadryl 50 mg
Meclazine 25 mg
Vaseline (use it on dry skin, wounds, and as a skin lubricant)
Sharpie (endless uses and great for marking areas of redness)
Needle Nose Pliers
1-2 day supply of prescription medications
Water Purification Tablets
Gallon Ziplok Bag (to use for biohazard materials)
Metal Probe for wounds
Pocket Bag Valve Mask
The majority of these items can be found at your local drugstore and the rest are easily found online. I store the items inside my kit in ziplock bags that then go into a larger waterproof bag. Please remember to check items and their expiration dates regularly. It is also important to change out your personal prescriptions every 6 months.