Ciguatera Poisoning

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

How much do you really know about ciguatera poisoning? How prevalent is it? How serious is it? What you need to know before you eat another piece of fish.

Sunscreen That Doesn’t Kill the Coral

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I love the reefs and love to snorkel. I was shocked to find out that many sunscreens could harm the reefs and looked for a way to protect myself from the sun that also protected the reefs.

How Many First Aid Boxes?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Space is precious on a boat. Why would you want more than one first aid box?

Where Do You Keep the Seasick Meds?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

If you’re seasick, the last thing in the world you need is to have to search for your meds . . .

Overtime: Rehydration with Less Sodium and No Sugar

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Overtime is a rehydration drink with less sodium and no sugar, but more potassium (which most of us don’t get enough of).

Serendipity and Removing Bloodstains from Fiberglass

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

A tip for removing bloodstains from fiberglass . . . just as we needed it. And then to find the supplies on the giveaway table?

Deodorant That Doesn’t Melt

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Talking to some new boat owners yesterday reminded me of one of our stupid first-year-of-cruising problems!

Lip Care

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

After trying a number of products to heal and protect Dave’s lips, this is what finally worked. Highly recommended!

Draining Silverware

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Don’t injure yourself when the boat rolls! Yeah, drying siliverware can be a safety concern . . .

Eyeglass Repair Kit

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Whether you wear glasses or sunglasses, you need to be able to fix them out on the water. Here’s a great — and inexpensive — kit that’s had everything I’ve ever needed.

Organizing the First Aid Supplies

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

An easy way to organize your first aid supplies so it’ll be easy to find what you need when the time arises, and a list of what’s in ours for coastal cruising in the US.

The Red Washcloth

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

A red washcloth is practical if you’re living an active life. But the symbolism is just as important to me.

Polarized Transitions Lenses

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Polarized lenses that are clear indoors and dark outdoors. Really? Really!

Toothpaste in a Pinch

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Run out of toothpaste? Here are 3 things you can use in a pinch . . .

Non-Electric Heating Pad

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Four ways to ease your aching back — or whatever — without using any electricity!

Seasick . . .

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

I’d never really suffered from seasickness until our last trip. And I learned a few things.

Waterproof Pill Carrier

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

If you need to carry pills or antacids with you, it can be tough to keep them dry when you’re surrounded by water.

Recognizing and Avoiding Salt Deficiencies

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Great information from Lin Pardey’s recently revised Care & Feeding of the Sailing Crew.

Where There Is No Doctor – FREE DOWNLOAD

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Just discovered that this great book is now available as a PDF for FREE (other versions available for purchase). Medical info that goes beyond simple first aid!

Storing Medications

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Hot and humid conditions can make medications melt . . . here’s a reader tip on a great way to store those expensive and important stores!

Stung by a Stingray?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Cruisers in the Sea of Cortez are all abuzz about a quick way to stop the pain of a stingray sting.

Tick Removal

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If your dog — or you — ever picks up a tick, this little tool is by far the easiest and safest way to get rid of it!

First Aid Tips for the Galley

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Four quick first aid tips for cuts — that usually aren’t taught in any First Aid class!

Rehydration Powder

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Want easy to stow little packets of rehydration powder that you can mix with water? But frustrated with the cost when they have to be shipped? I finally figured out how to buy them locally!

What to Eat with the Stomach Flu

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Stomach flu is no fun anywhere, but these foods won’t aggravate it. Make sure you have plenty on hand before heading to remote places!

Road ID: ID for Boaters Too

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

If you were sick or injured while ashore, would you have ID? And would that ID provide a way for first responders to contact someone on your boat? Or know what meds you take? Your medical conditions — or drug allergies? Road ID provides all this and more!

No-See-Um Repellant

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Fed up with no-see-ums? Can’t find anything that works against them? Try making your own repellent — and fight mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other bugs, too!

Disinfecting With Bleach

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Tips for disinfecting any hard surface with bleach — the correct solution, some things not to do, and other helpful info.

Keeping Band-Aids On

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

A simple trick for keeping Band-Aids and other adhesive bandages on, even if you’re active and/or sweating!

Make Your Own Gel Ice Pack

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Make your own gel ice pack — make any size you want, tuck it in any corner of the freezer . . . and you probably have the materials on hand!

Food Safety 101

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Food poisoning is never good, but it’s worse when you’re away from medical care. Basics of food safety for cruisers.

Do You Need a Rehydration Drink?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Signs that you need to replace electrolytes and WHO’s rehydration formula that you can easily make from common ingredients without a trip to the store.