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Old 04-24-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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My son will be in Costa Rica for the summer, 2.5 hours from the nearest town.
I am putting together a first aid kit for him. So far, I have:

aspirin
Immodium
Benadryl
Hydrocortison cream

He will have sunscreen, bug spray, and personal toiletries. Can anybody think of anything I've forgotten? Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:23 PM
 
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My son will be in Costa Rica for the summer, 2.5 hours from the nearest town.
I am putting together a first aid kit for him. So far, I have:

aspirin
Immodium
Benadryl
Hydrocortison cream

He will have sunscreen, bug spray, and personal toiletries. Can anybody think of anything I've forgotten? Thanks.
What's he going to be doing there?

Some powder for heat rash might be nice if he's going to hiking or doing anything physical.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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He's doing research on nocturnal insects, so he will be out at night in rain-forest type areas.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Condoms!

and to add, not just for the purpose they were manufactures those buggers can do so many other things in a convinient packet pack. Water bottle, storage container, tournequet, fly swatter.....
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Palo Alto
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Traveling alone? Group setting? Support staff? Vehicles? How important is weight? A basic kit is worthless in the rain forest if you slice your finger off.

Some of the Navy medics carried 30 pounds of gear and could reattach your arm if needed. That was almost 40 years ago.

In all seriousness, I'd think about the type of injuries he might sustain and plan accordingly. Blood clot packets are cheap and can save a life. A suture kit weighs nothing. Have his doc write a prescription for a good antibiotic as well as pain killers. Seal them in watertight containers. I took a trip once and a bottle of saline saved the day - had to irrigate an eye wound.

When I used to hike with my son more we would use the checklists from Field and Stream or similar publications. Find a balance between weight and usefulness.

Good luck.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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alcohol wipes, sewing needle or insulin syringe with needle, neosporin, after-bite stick, and bandaids.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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He might need:
Tylenol/Paracetamol ( for pain&fever)
Benadryl (allergies, sleep aid)
Ear plugs ( for the plane)
Loperamide (for diarrhea)
Sun screen (SPF 15 minimum, small bottle)
Tweezers (to remove ticks, thorns, etc)
Band aids (minor cuts and scrapes)
Antibiotic ointment/hand antiseptic (for the above)
Moleskin for blisters
Insect repellent
Swiss army multi-purpose knife
Condoms
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:36 PM
 
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Reps, and thanks to all. He will have a base location where others will also be working, and there is emergency medical evacuation available, so I don't have to worry about serious injuries, more so what he might need for minor ailments. I'll add the neosporin and bandaids for certain.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Some kind of itch cream for bites, if he gets them.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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condoms go in the pocket for quick removal - dont think he wants to tell someone wait let me first get my first aid kit- they might change their mind.
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