The Day Sailor’s First-Aid Kit

We ask a sailing ER nurse the best way to equip for simple emergencies.


As a former ER nurse and a current family practice clinician, one of the topics I get asked about most frequently by my sailing friends is, “What items should go into my first aid kit?”. This loaded question is tricky for me to answer in one breath. Frankly, I could go on and on about medical preparedness, but I’ll spare you my ramblings and list some of my must-haves for a day-sailing medical kit. This list is designed specifically with the day sailor in mind and is intended for folks within 8 hours of professional help on a modest-sized vessel.

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Heather Sweeney
Heather Sweeney is a family nurse practitioner in rural Wisconsin, where she lake sails her 1977 S2. She spends all her vacation days sailing bluer waters and working towards becoming a full-time cruiser.