After many questions and much research, I have finally been able to start putting our ship’s medical kit together. The biggest questions were what do we really need, and how much is too much? After all, heading for the middle of the Pacific Ocean is quite a long way from immediate medical attention. We need to be prepared, but we also need to know how to use what we have. Although rusty from my years away from the medical field, I have my veterinary and operating room experience. Wil has field experience with his work crew who get injured on the job. I am hoping that if a serious medical situation should arise, we can keep our wits about us and do what needs to be done.
The majority of our medical kit is based on two kits I found at Adventure Medical Kits and Oceanmedix. The Adventure Medical Kit Marine 3000 and the Trans Ocean Medical Sea Pak were two kits that seemed to have everything I was looking for. However, because we already have many supplies from our previous cruising, it was redundant to purchase a whole new kit. Using online veterinary supply stores and amazon.com, I was able to fill in the gaps for a fairly cheap price. And then, after an extremely fun trip to the Bass Pro Shop in Myrtle Beach, I ended up with a very nice bag & storage system for a very reasonable price. Now I eagerly wait for the rest of my supplies to arrive!