We cary lots of the above - but I was fortunate to be sent on a 'Ship's Captain's Medical Course' a few years ago so have a little ticket that says I can carry antibiotics and rather stronger painkillers than you can carry over the counter. I still phone/radio a doctor to check which ones to give out if I am not sure.
If you can't manage to get onto such a course, a proper tourniquet is a life saver for major blood loss. (For example all Brit forces carry one on their person when in Afghanistan as the evidence is that many US died in Vietnam through blood loss!) The new style Field Dressings are much more about compression than absorbing. They are elastic bandages that are very good - and I will get some for the boat when I get a chance.
We then carry steri-strips, tweezers, dioralyte (as already mentioned) plasters, bandages, a First Aid Book.
Drugs normally include some painkillers (Ibobrufen, Paracetemol and Dihydrocodeine as a little further up the scale)
When we go further offshore, we carry needles, gut, local anesthetic and splints etc etc.
When we eventually go long term cruising we will also fit a safe for some Diamorphine (to comply with the regulations for carriage of such drugs on ships at sea) and a copy of the Ship's Captains Medical guide.
Last edited by john_morris_uk; 14-01-11 at 08:03.
Wishing things away is not effective.