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Easy to make First Aid and Survival kit to put in your kayak

Ever since I was 13 years old I’ve been going on fishing trips that last from a day to a week or more. Over those many years I have found that you will eventually need some form of first aid and some form of a survival gear (See Murphy’s Law). Longer and more remote trips require a bit more equipment but, for the shorter day kayak trips I put together an easy kit to take along. I put it all in a Jackson Nalgene water bottle. I have more than a few extra water bottles that came with all the Jackson kayaks I have (11) but who’s counting.

Contents of kit, First Aid Portion:
• Sunscreen
• Bug repellent
• Lip moisturizer with sun screen
• Bandages (several sizes and types)
• Insect bite or sting relief
• Antibiotic
• Ibuprofen (for pain or fever)
• Acetaminophen (for pain or fever)
• Anti-itch cream (for poison ivory etc.)
• Some Heavy Braided fishing line. (to help with hook removal)

Contents of kit, Survival Portion:
• Flash light
• Extra Whistle
• Waterproof matches
• Hand warmers
• Emergency blanket
• Roll of electrical tape (like having a mini roll of duct tape)
• A multifunction tool (it has a knife, plyers, screwdriver, wire cutter)
• Granola bar (2)

It all fits in the ever handy water bottle. You can adjust this list according to your particular medical or dietary needs i.e. pack Allergy medicine.
Tip 1. Wrap fishing line on sunscreen tube or any other tube in the kit and hold in place with scotch tape.
Tip 2. Put the first aid closer to the top you are more likely to need that before your survival gear.
So the next time Murphy (or his relative) pays you a visit you have something along to help make it a short visit.