Personal First Aid Kit

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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 (see discussion)
  • 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 (see discussion) these require a prescription in the US but you can pick it up off the shelf at any pharmacy in Ecuador..
  • Condoms
  • Butterfly closures
  • 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
  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Anti-fungal cream
  • Codeine – easier, perhaps to find in Nicaragua
  • Tobacco
  • Candy bar
  • Alcohol - 4oz of rum, whiskey, brandy, gin, etc.
  • Caffeine pills
  • Electrolytes- to ease dehydration due to diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Hemostat.
  • 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)
  • Tampons
  • Mirror
  • Thermometer
  • Flashlight
  • Eyeglass screws
  • 100 lb. Test braided nylon line (50 feet)
  • Spare contacts or glasses
  • Nylon sewing thread and needles-
  • Phone card
  • Ear plugs
  • Compass
  • Whistle