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2013-02-05 at 8:40:59 PM GMT
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What is in your first aid Kit?

Your heading offshore and don't know what to pack in your first aid kit?  Where do you find out information, how do you get the prescriptions? What can and can't you take into a country?  How easy is it to get prescription drugs around the world?

These are many of the questions that people who are thinking about leaving want to know.  When Mike and I headed to Mexico in 2008 we had a fully stocked med kit with several perscription drugs to handle a number of issues.  Our DR was very helpful with writing the scrips for us so that we could stock up before we left.  One of the things that we did not think about was Mike's blood pressure and colestrol prescriptions.  We could only get a 3 months supply and when he ran out we resorted to having friends and family bring them when they visited.  We had thought that we could buy them in Mexico and you can over the counter but the cost was more that purchasing in Canada.

So how do you stock up on these essential drugs.  You could get a year supply but most insurance companies will only pay 3 months at a time.

 

If you have some insite on what to have in your First Aid kit, or how to stock up on prescriptions drugs, or anything let us know.



Jacquie Champion
Angelique of Vancouver
www.angelque.ca


2013-02-17 at 7:31:51 PM GMT
Posts: 15

We bought a US Military kit, version M-17. it is available all over for ~$200 delivered, such as here:

http://www.amazon.com/VooDoo-Tactical-Medic-Bag-Olive-Drab/dp/B001FC2PZ0

The US Military has vast experience hurting people badly around the world and wanting to fix them up, so this seemed to fit the bill. It is also cheap for the contents, very similar to the $900 offshore kits you see at west marine.

We added a st. johns ambulance branded burn kit from canadian tire, a Skedco Sked stretcher (military surplus, used from ebay), a dental kit from adventure medical, a military surplus field surgical kit, extra sutures, a surgical stapler, and a couple of medical guides (wilderness medicine, ships captain medical manual (free pdf) and where there is no doctor (free pdf)) and a cervical collar for neck injuries. Collectively, we think they are almost an 'emergency room in a bag'. 

All these are packed away for the massive boo-boo we hope to never face. We have a small 'homeowner' kit with ready access stowed in the head with an additional large assortment of bandaids for the usual day to day scrapes.

 we took our drug list from a couple of online sources via google. 

 rob & debra

avant



2013-02-20 at 5:31:26 PM GMT
Posts: 13
RE:
Thanks, there is some very good information here, Do either of you need prescriptions drugs? and if so what did you do to get enought supply for a longer voyage (over 3 months)
R. Murray said:

We bought a US Military kit, version M-17. it is available all over for ~$200 delivered, such as here:

http://www.amazon.com/VooDoo-Tactical-Medic-Bag-Olive-Drab/dp/B001FC2PZ0

The US Military has vast experience hurting people badly around the world and wanting to fix them up, so this seemed to fit the bill. It is also cheap for the contents, very similar to the $900 offshore kits you see at west marine.

We added a st. johns ambulance branded burn kit from canadian tire, a Skedco Sked stretcher (military surplus, used from ebay), a dental kit from adventure medical, a military surplus field surgical kit, extra sutures, a surgical stapler, and a couple of medical guides (wilderness medicine, ships captain medical manual (free pdf) and where there is no doctor (free pdf)) and a cervical collar for neck injuries. Collectively, we think they are almost an 'emergency room in a bag'. 

All these are packed away for the massive boo-boo we hope to never face. We have a small 'homeowner' kit with ready access stowed in the head with an additional large assortment of bandaids for the usual day to day scrapes.

 we took our drug list from a couple of online sources via google. 

 rob & debra

avant





Jacquie Champion
Angelique of Vancouver
www.angelque.ca


2013-03-05 at 11:48:27 PM GMT
Posts: 15

no scrips required for us, so no guidance to offer.

 

rob



2013-08-20 at 8:25:54 PM GMT
Posts: 2
Travel Meds
I have been able to get a full years prescription at once.  If you pay outright you only get one prescription fee.  I also have got my pharmacy to give me 4 separate 3 month prescriptions (all the refills) at the same time. They will charge the prescription fee for each of the 3 month batches though. You can then submit the invoices to your insurance at 3 month intervals.  You are out the money though until they pay you back.


2013-10-24 at 6:14:59 AM GMT
Posts: 7

Our kit has

 

Antibiotics for parasites, bacterial and viral infections (topical and oral and a ventilator) we used most of them

Pain kIllers of the high level get serious cause most countries have crazy regulations on pain killers, T3's were considered narcotics and were impossible to find in Central America

 

Cold Medicine

 

Bandaids

 

burn relief and second skin

 

imodium and heartburn relief - Jennie got an esophageal ulcer in the San Blas islands and we could only find some alkaselzer in Portabello (it was a rough few days getting there)

 

itch relief and bug spray

 

sunburn relief and sun screen

 

These are what we used. Jennie is a OFA level 3 and has 10 years of lifeguarding experience. She set up a bunch of other things in our kit, but really it is the stuff you tend to just go to the corner store to pick up (here) that you forget to pack and you need the most.

 

Dave

 




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