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

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.

Comments on “Easy to make First Aid and Survival kit to put in your kayak”

  1. Brian Wofford
    December 8, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Great kit and great idea. I have also put a small personal kit in a regular sized peanut butter plastic jar for backpacking!

    1. Stephen Hrynewycz
      December 11, 2018 at 10:04 am

      That’s what I like about it. Small and compact

  2. December 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Great kit. I usually carry a resemblance. here in Brazil specifically in my region Brasília sometimes and often the weather abruptly change sometimes the 4 seasons of the year in a single day. In my kayak I usually take the kit. 3×3 canvas, a net of rest, flint, lighters, thermal blanket, knife or hatchet, slingshot, 1st aid kit, water, light rockets, head torch, fruits, kit rango “food” (spoon, plate, mug). Better safe than being in the throat. lol

    1. Stephen Hrynewycz
      December 11, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Sounds like you have a more complete kit. That’s FANTASTIC.

  3. Jeffro Landrum
    December 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Might I suggest the addition of water purification tablets? Then the container can also be used as a vessel for fresh water once it has been properly treated.

    1. Stephen Hrynewycz
      December 11, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Great suggestion.

  4. Bill DeWeese
    December 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Good stuff. Always include eyeglass repair kit as and when needed. Also in addition to the band-aids, always include a roll of the 3M NexCare Absolute Waterproof bandage tape. That stuff is amazing, especially around water for when you need to hold a bandaid or provide pressure until the bleeding stops.

    1. Stephen Hrynewycz
      December 11, 2018 at 10:08 am

      I like waterproof. I’ll add waterproof bandage tape to my kit too.

  5. Buck M
    December 11, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Some toilet paper is an addition I would consider essential. Alcohol wipes are good too. Paper and pencil should be included to record details of the situation. Also, wrap the exterior of the water bottle in a couple layers of duct tape. It can be removed for an emergency repair, and should last a while if it is of decent quality.

  6. December 11, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Another great tactic is to wrap duct tape around the center of your paddle shaft. It’s like carrying a roll of duct tape without actually having to carry a roll of duct tape. Takes up no extra space and doesn’t really change anything about your paddle.

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