The complete surfer's first aid kit

Surfing: wipeouts and injuries happen all the time, so get a first aid kit for your surf trip | Photo: Shutterstock

Are you planning a surf trip? Make sure you include a surfer's first aid kit in your baggage.

Accidents and injuries happen all the time, and they can be especially tricky to deal with if you’re surfing in isolated, remote destinations, with poor access to healthcare.

According to a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, surfboards are responsible for 55 percent of all surfing related injuries.

The ocean floor (18 percent), other's board (11 percent), the waves (7 percent), and marine animals (6 percent) come next.

Another research unveiled in 2002 by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, tells us that of all injuries caused by surfboards, 41 percent are caused by fins, 21 percent by rails, 14 percent by the nose, 7 percent by the tail, 5 percent by the deck, and only 2 percent by leashes.

Lacerations and fractures are the most common types of surfing injuries and, for obvious reasons, they demand a quick intervention.

When a surfer is traveling, he is sometimes all by himself, far away from hospitals and doctors. In some cases, he might be surrounded by a couple of friends or family.

Whatever's the case, basic first aid tool and medications will, if not save your life, at least allow you to seek health professionals in decent condition.

The traveling medical kit for surfers is a smart and compact box packed that can be filled with essential medical supplies that will help you be self-sufficient in case anything goes wrong.

It is a basic, yet comprehensive first aid kit that will assist you in an emergency situation, and may very well treat a minor health problem.

The surfer's first aid kit is comprised of specific health contents - medications and tools - designed for dealing with reef cuts, bruises weever fish stings, stingray stings, etc.

Surfer's First Aid Kit: get the medical tools and medications you need for your surf trips

You don't need to buy it. Just build it from scratch. Get a small waterproof container or dry bag, and create your own affordable first aid kit.

Here's what you should include in your traveling surfer's medical kit:

Medical Tools

1. Duct Tape
2. Swiss Army Knife
3. Thermometer
4. Eyedropper
5. Bulb Syringe
6. Safety Pins
7. Tweezer
8. Razor Blades
9. Strike-Anywhere Matches
10. Headlamp
11. Cotton Applicators
12. Tongue Blades
13. Small Mirror
14. Soap
15. Latex Gloves
16. Alcohol
17. Vinegar
18. Eye Patches
19. Elastic Bandage
20. Band-Aids
21. Sterile Gauze Pads
22. Benzoin Tincture
23. Skin Stapler
24. Needles
25. Scissors
26. Water Purification Tablets

Medications (Over-The-Counter Medicine)

1. Acetylsalicylic Acid (Aspirin)
2. Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
3. Ibuprofen (Advil)
4. Antacid (Mylanta)
5. Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol)
6. Loperamide (Imodium)
7. Laxative Pills (Dulcolax)
8. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
9. Antibiotic Ointment (Bacitracin)
10. Antifungal Cream (Miconazole)
11. Eye Drops (Bausch & Lomb)
12. Oil of Cloves (Now Foods)

Remember to always read the package insert before starting any of above medications. Finally, make sure you master basic first aid, including:

1. Cleaning and dressing a wound;
2. Applying bandages and band-aids
3. Using a skin stapler;
4. Stopping a bleeding wound;
5. Checking a person's pulse; uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.