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Your health is a very important part of your trip and we try to provide all our guests as much information as possible so that they can prepare accordingly and stay healthy while they are with us.


First Aid, Medical Warnings


GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge will always try to have a complete medical kit, including suturing equipment, braces, bandages, malaria test kits, malaria medicines and a full spectrum of First Aid Kit.


If a first emergency care has to be provided (such as cleaning a wound, applying a dressing, giving antibiotics)  it will be done whenever possible by one of the paramedics staying at The Lodge, and we will always ask our guests to sign a liability waivers and a consent form.


For any medical emergency, The Lodge Is manager will organise assistance and evacuation (along with your travel insurance provider) to the medical clinic in Siberut (1hour via speedboat) or to a Padang or Singapore hospital via flight.


We are not responsible for any accidents that you may have while doing any activities on your own.


This list is only given as a guideline, YOU MUST SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE prior to composing your First Aid Kit.

Panaitan Ecisurf will not be held responsible for guest's automedication.


Washes / Cleansing / Antiseptics Agents


  1.     Betadine (Povidone Iodine)
  2.     Small bottle of 3% Peroxide
  3.     Small bottle aqueous chlorexidine
  4.     Normal Saline (0,9%)


Cleaning Materials


  1.     a packet of Q-tips
  2.     cotton Gauze squares
  3.     Dressings these are only products suggestions, all equivalents are suitable. Best suggested sizes 10 cm (4 inches) patches – suggested numbers 5 to 10 of each.
  4.     LEUKOSTRIPS Skin Closure Strips : 100% polyamide material coated with a hypoallergenic adhesive which allows almost pain free closure of the wound.
  5.     DUODERM Waterproof Hydrocolloid : moisture-retentive wound dressing. Versatile, easy to use, suitable for managing different stages of wound healing and multiple wound types such as thickness abrasions and ulcers which are not infected. Accelerate healing and reduce scarring in.
  6.     PRIMAPORE Conformable Adhesive Non-woven Dressing : combine an absorbent pad with a soft and conformable fixative layer for the simple and effective management of wounds
  7.     BACTIGRAS Paraffin Gauze Dressing : antiseptic, soft paraffin dressing which soothes and protects the wound whilst helping to reduce wound infection and inflammation. It has low adherence and allows the wound to drain freely into an absorbent secondary dressing. Suitable for covering wounds such as minor burns, lacerations, abrasions, graft sites and leg ulcers.
  8.     MELOLIN Low Adherent Dressing : highly absorbent cotton and acrylic fibre pad which is heat bonded on one side to a very thin perforated polyester film
  9.     OPSITE Plastic Skin Dressing (or skin spray) : moisture vapour permeable, conformable and extensible. It is widely used to provide a moist wound environment for superficial wounds; also ideal for use as a secondary dressing.
  10.     HYPAFIX Conformable, Adhesive Retention Tape : self-adhesive, non-woven fabric sheet for secure and rapid fixation. Provides complete coverage of the entire dressing, thus reducing the risk of contamination. Conformability that simplifies shaping around joints and awkward body contours to allow greater freedom of movement. Permeable to both air and moisture, helping to reduce the risk of maceration.



  1. Reef cuts or any other foreign body introduced in your skin (wood splinterÂ…) can potentially evolve towards an infected wound. In order to avoid this inconvenience, it is highly advised to treat a wound presenting signs of infection in the best delais. Please check with your Doctor the most recommended antibiotic treatment suitable for you while in the Mentawais.




  1.     Please be sure that any medical information that you will share with us will stay confidential. If you feel like it is important for us to know any particular medical condition, such as asthma, chronic illness, diabese, etc feel free to inform our Manager. It would also be good to know your blood type and any allergies you have to medicines, food, bugs
  2.     For short stays of 2 to 4 weeks, we recommend a tetanus booster, plus hepatitis A and B and typhoid