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First aid kit for spearos and freedivers

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I am assembling/expanding a first aid kit to take with me during spearfishing/freediving trips. I don’t want it to be too bulky though. I am not a medic. These are the following items I think of. Maybe already a bit too much for convenient travel. Anyone care to share the content of their first aid kit for water-related activities?

Lung barotrauma (squeeze):
  • Pulse oximeter (for diagnostics, follow-up, and decision making – has already proven to be of great value in the past so I’ll keep this one for sure).
  • Oxygen therapy kit (I won’t make the investment yet, too expensive for me as a recreational diver, but I think it should be mentioned here nonetheless)
Cuts and wounds:
  • Saline/water
  • Non-adhesive gauze pads
  • Steri-strips
  • Hemostatic wound dressing (i.e., QuickClot) for more severe wounds
  • Bandage
  • Waterproof bandage (& duct tape)
Jellyfish stings:
  • Vinegar
  • Shaving cream
  • Disposable razor
  • Steroid cream (?)
Hypothermia:
  • Heat blanket
  • Heat packs
General stuff:
  • Medical gloves (treating wounds and jellyfish stings)
  • NSAIDs (i.e., Ibuprofen)
  • Tweezers & scissor
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Pocket mask
  • Cold pack
  • Oral antihistaminic agent (also epipen?)
  • Agents against motion sickness
  • Agents against diarrhea (i.e., Imodium)
  • ORS
  • Antibiotic cream for external ear infection (not urgent, but untreated it may ruin your dives the next days)
  • thermometer

Anything that I should leave it out or add to the current kit?
 
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Looks very thorough.

Yes, steri strips (or butterfly equivalents) are a very good idea, esp. for spearos. Might save a long/expensive trip to a medic for stitches. Might be worth learning to stitch yourself up, they use special U-shaped needles.

Dettol antiseptic concentrate is excellent and versatile but antiseptic wipes might be more convenient. Recommended for sea anemone stings.

Yes travel/sea sickness meds. I should really try one. I think one of the popular ones is an anti-histamine.

I believe the military are still strong believers in the tourniquet. Hasn't really caught on with civilian first aid orgs here in the UK though. Training recommended.

Insect repellent? Sun protection? After sun - eg camomile.
 
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Hi I am new to this forum and relatively new spearo/freediver. Having done some CPR/first aid courses the first thing I have to ask is how long are you planning to go out to the water? Are coming home/hotel at night? Or is it possible that you camp in the wild away from the city? Last thing of this message DAN (dive alert network) sells some first aid kits yo can copy those.
 
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