IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU NEED IN YOUR FISHING FIRST-AID KIT
Many things can go wrong while you’re out fishing. After all, outdoor activities can often leave you in a predicament. When a dangerous situation is unavoidable, you must always be prepared to handle it, especially if you’re far away from help. Crafting a first-aid kit with a focus on injuries that can happen when fishing is the way to do so. Here are some of the essential supplies you need when putting together a fishing first-aid kit.
BANDAGES AND GAUZE DRESSINGS
It’s a given that any basic first-aid kit must contain bandages and dressings. As most injuries when fishing involve open wounds, you should have something clean them and plenty of bandage types to cover open wounds to prevent infection.
Sterilized bandages and mesh gauzes come in different shapes and sizes. As you can’t predict what injuries you’ll have in the future, it’s best to keep an assortment in your kit.
An infection can lead to more problems in the future. To prevent open wounds from getting infected, you can use an antiseptic like Povidone-iodine on a cotton ball to disinfect wounds. Make sure to keep at least a small bottle ready in your fishing first-aid kit.
Blunt scissors are great for cutting a bandage and gauze. As their name indicates, blunt scissors have blunt points to prevent further injuries. Apart from gauzes and bandages, you can also use it to cut through other types of cloth and thin ropes if an emergency arises.
It may seem out of place in a first-aid kit, but tweezers are quite useful to have around when you go fishing. Splinters made of wood or fish bones can get lodged in your skin, and you can use these metal forceps to take them out. They are small and don’t take up too much space in your kit.
Like any other hobby, fishing has its hazards; a hook can cause a large, deep gash, for example. Your kit should also include a suture kit and injectables that will numb a localized area ready for stitching. If you wait to stitch a wound later, you will have a bigger scar.
Over-the-counter painkillers are practical items you must add to your fishing first-aid kit. Make sure you have a variety of painkillers around and know what they are good for. Some, like paracetamol, is good for headaches but ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory.
SKIN SOOTHING GELS/LOTIONS
Having skin soothing items in a first-aid kit is something you may also overlook. Even if you used sunscreen properly, there is still a good chance you will need a skin soothing medication in the evening. If you have blisters and the like, topical medication to help reduce inflammation and disinfect the area is also something to have in your kit.
You may encounter a lot of unpleasant situations while out at sea or by the shore or when fishing the rivers. However, making a fishing first-aid kit to keep on your boat or in your backpack makes for good common sense as long as you make sure you are able to use the items you have packed in it.
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