How to prevent seasickness?

Easy Ways to Keep From Getting Seasick

Your dream cruise can become a nightmare if the ship’s motion causes you to become seasick. Motion sickness brings with it nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, and cold sweats. While seasickness can be mild, for some people it can be completely incapacitating.

“Seasickness is the result of a complex physiological reaction to motion,” says John Bradberry, MD, medical director for Carnival Cruise Lines. “It is a mismatch of information sent to the brain from the eyes, inner ear, and sensory nerves, such as in the feet.”

Think of it this way: When you are inside a cabin on a ship, your eyes do not see movement, but the inner ear senses it. Your eyes are telling your brain there is no movement, while the inner ear is telling the brain there is. The result in some people is seasickness.

You can get motion sickness from traveling in a car, airplane, train, or even in an amusement park ride. “People who are prone to one form of motion sickness tend to be more susceptible to other forms of it,” Bradberry says.

Strategies to Prevent Motion Sickness

Here are some ways you can reduce the risk of becoming seasick:

  • Be well rested before setting sail. Missing sleep and feeling exhausted make you more susceptible to factors that can cause motion sickness. Wind down before your trip.
  • Take antiemetic drugs. A variety of medications are available to help prevent or treat motion sickness. Medicines for nausea are called antiemetic drugs. They include antihistamines such as Bonine and Dramamine — available over the counter — and scopolamine drugs, which come in pill or patch form and require a prescription. “Most of the medications work by counteracting the effect of chemicals released by the brain during seasickness,” Bradberry says.

    Talk to you doctor about which medications are best for you, as you may be limited by other medications you are taking. Antihistamines can cause drowsiness and dry mouth and eyes. Because antihistamines block messages to the part of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting, taking a medication such as Dramamine works best if you take it before you get motion sickness. So for best results, take the pill before you board the ship, if you’re going on a short trip.

  • Get fresh air. If you are feeling seasick, it is often helpful to go out on an open deck or balcony and look toward the horizon. Doing so helps your eyes “see” the motion, which will then send signals to the brain more in alignment with what the inner ear is “telling” the brain, Bradberry says. Fresh air, especially wind blowing in your face, tends to help. It also helps to focus on something other than the boat’s motion, so try to keep active while aboard the ship.
  • Request a cabin mid ship and near the water line. “The side-to-side sway and the up and down ‘seesaw’ pitch motion of the ship is minimized in the middle of the boat,” Bradberry says. You might also want to request a room with a window or portal so that you can easily look out on the horizon.
  • Have a bite. The best foods are light and bland, such as saltine crackers, plain bread, or pretzels. Having some food in your stomach is better than having an empty stomach, but be careful not to eat too much. Also, you might want to sip some ginger ale: Ginger is a well-known natural remedy for motion sickness. Peppermint also may have calming effects on the stomach. Many people find that eating crackers along with drinking water or soda helps.
  • Wear an acupressure wristband. These wristbands apply pressure to a point on the wrist, generally where you wear a watch. Many people find the pressure helps them avoid nausea, one of the symptoms of motion sickness. You can find acupressure wristbands in some pharmacies, or order them from online stores such as Amazon.
  • Avoid stimuli that can trigger nausea. “Nausea is a hallmark of seasickness. Any stimulus that triggers nausea can aggravate seasickness symptoms,” Bradberry says. Triggers include eating greasy foods, spicy foods, acidic foods such as citrus fruits and juices, and large meals. Avoiding alcohol helps because, as a diuretic, alcohol speeds up dehydration and can lower your body’s resistance to motion sickness, especially if you are prone to it. Steer clear of any noxious odors and other people on the boat who are vomiting from motion sickness.
  • Choose your itinerary carefully. If you know that you get motion sickness, you should probably only sail on larger ships and select itineraries that go through calmer bodies of water. The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, for example, tend to be calmer than most portions of the Atlantic Ocean. Also, newer ships are built with the latest stabilization systems, which help reduce the motion you feel.

Related: Natural Ways to Relieve Nausea

Don’t let seasickness ruin a floating holiday. Planning ahead and being prepared with a variety of remedies should keep you feeling ship-shape.

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10 Tips to prevent motion sickness

While it may be impossible to prevent all cases of motion sickness, the following tips can help you prevent or lessen the severity of motion sickness:

  1. Watch your consumption of foods, drinks, and alcohol before and during travel. Avoid excessive alcohol and foods or liquids that “do not agree with you” or make you feel unusually full. Heavy, spicy, or fat-rich foods may worsen motion sickness in some people.
  2. Avoiding strong food odors may also help prevent nausea.
  3. Try to choose a seat where you will experience the least motion. The middle of an airplane over the wing is the calmest area of an airplane. On a ship, those in lower level cabins near the center of a ship generally experience less motion than passengers in higher or outer cabins.
  4. Do not sit facing backwards from your direction of travel.
  5. Sit in the front seat of a car.
  6. Do not read while traveling if you are prone to motion sickness.
  7. When traveling by car or boat, it can sometimes help to keep your gaze fixed on the horizon or on a fixed point.
  8. Open a vent or source of fresh air if possible.
  9. Isolate yourself from others who may be suffering from motion sickness. Hearing others talk about motion sickness or seeing others becoming ill can sometimes make you feel ill yourself.
  10. The over-the-counter medication meclizine (Bonine, Antivert, Dramamine) can be a very effective preventive measure for short trips or for mild cases of motion sickness. Your doctor also may choose to prescribe medications for longer trips or if you repeatedly develop severe motion sickness. One example of a prescription medication is a patch containing scopolamine (Transderm-Scop) that often is effective in preventing motion sickness. Remember that scopolamine can cause drowsiness and has other side effects, and its use should be discussed with your physician prior to your trip.

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What is the definition of misery? Answer: Seasickness

One of the first questions I get asked when a landlubber finds out I work at sea is, “Do you get seasick?” In truth I have, just once. I was cooking lasagna in the galley of a 37 foot sailboat racing upwind in 20 foot swells when the kerosene lamp broke. Taken separately, the confined space, heavy rolls, the smell of lasagna and kerosene never bothered me much, but the combination of all four proved insurmountable. Luckily I just went topside and waited for the cabin to air out but the 60 seconds it took me to escape were pure misery.

The single worst aspect of sea-sickness is not being able to stop it. Seasickness on a boat is never a major problem as it’s usually only a short trip to the nearest harbor but, in the middle of the ocean, your only option is to wait until the seas calm down. This can take days.

So what can you do if you are looking to start a career at sea (or just looking forward to your first cruise ship adventure), but find yourself feeling queasy each time you step into a boat? The good news is that 75% of people eventually get acclimated to the sea and are naturally cured of the affliction. For the other 25% of you…. find a new career! Seriously, I’ve seen seasick people and it looks miserable, truly miserable.

But for those determined to stick it out, here’s our list of 50 ways to prevent seasickness. Some of these are scientifically tested, others are sailors tales, and none of them have been tested by gCaptain editors because, well, none of us are strong-willed enough to pick a profession which makes us sick! So, results may vary, but all of these have been suggested by a professional mariner though we can’t vouch for his/her sanity.

  1. Fool Yourself – Believe it or not (your choice) but 99% of seasickness is mental. Even the most stalwart mariner begins to feel queazy at times… but quickly solves the problem by telling themselves “I don’t get seasick!”. Repeat it 3 times in the mirror before departure. And make sure you say it with conviction!!
  2. Look at the Horizon – When a ship is riding to a heavy sea everything is moving. The only thing that is stationary is the horizon and looking at it will often reset your internal equilibrium.
  3. Follow your nose – Motion sickness is often caused by bad smells. Even pleasant smells, like a girlfriend’s perfume, can often send you for the railings. So if you smell anything strange, move into fresh air fast. And be sure to keep your living area clean… a dirty room or body is a quick way to invite odor.
  4. Other people – One sure-fire way to get seasick is to watch other people getting sick. Like a schoolyard cold, motion sickness is very contagious. Avoid other seasick people at all cost.
  5. Watch what you eat – One of the reasons people get seasick on cruise ships is that they over-eat. When the waves hit greasy, high-fat foods swirl around your stomach like water in the head. Also avoid sugar which can make you light-headed and dizzy.
  6. Chew gum and eat sweets – Hey didn’t I just say to avoid sugar? Yes but some people swear by it, other think just the repetitive motion of chewing, most effective with gum (ginger gum or candy works best), helps relieve symptoms.
  7. No booze – Alcohol can make you sea-sick on dry land, the effects are worse in open ocean so avoid drinking at all costs.
  8. Eat Only Saltines – An old sailors myth is, when the seas get rough, eat only saltines. Personally I think a full and healthy diet helps prevent seasickness but others swear by eating just saltines.
  9. Drink Only Lime Juice – Like the saltines, some old salts swear by drinking only lime juice in a storm claiming it helps contract your stomach. We think this is bogus but, if you are going to try it, be sure to avoid all dairy because the mixture of lime and cheese might be great flavor for a dorito but, in real life, they create curds in your stomach. Ouch!
  10. Ginger – Whether you chew it, suck on it or dilute it in tea ginger has long been a favorite home remedy for motion sickness. Give it a try and, if you believe it works (see rule #1) it most probably will!
  11. Carrot juice, apricot juice, citrus, prunes, mints, black horehound, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…. there are a 101 plants that are reported to help cure seasickness. We can only suggest you try them in small amounts.
  12. Aromatherapy – get a fine mist sprayer (or use an oil diffuser if you have access to power) and fill it with distilled water, lemon oil, cedar wood oil, dill oil, lavender oil, and a few drops of spearmint. Then spray it lightly on your face.
  13. Over The Counter Drugs – Dramamine and Bonine are the two most common seasickness remedies. These are available over-the-counter at most drug stores and contain antihistamines which makes some people drowsy so, if your at sea to work, make sure to look for the non-drowsy versions.
  14. Ambien – One cure for motion sickness is to sleep through it but getting to sleep is hard when you feel miserable. Ambien will knock you out no matter what your state is. Just be sure to take it well before you start vomiting (medicine needs to be in you to feel better). And, if you can’t get a prescription for it, try it’s over-the-counter relative Benadryl, another antihistamine which will knock you out! Warning; These drugs are powerful so don’t expect the ship’s alarm to wake you if she starts to sink!
  15. Wrist Bands – Anti-Seasickness wrist bands come in two varieties; acupressure and magnetic. They work by applying pressure or magnets to a pressure point located on the underside of the arm about an inch and a half above your wrist.
  16. Acupuncture – If the band doesn’t work you can try actual acupuncture needles but, be warned, sharp objects and moving ships are not a safe combination (and make sure you know where to stick them!).
  17. The Patch – Scopolamine patches are worn behind the ear and look like small band-aids but contain small amounts of medicine which secretes into you skin. They are the most popular prescription drug for seasickness and they also come in pill form. The great thing about the patch is that it continues working even after you start to throw-up. But, be warned, prolonged use of the patch – for weeks at a time – can lead to hallucinations!
  18. Kid’s Medicine – If Dramamine and Scopolamine leave you with bad side effects then try Stugeron (the brand name for cinnarizine) which reportedly works even after you have started feeling dizzy.
  19. Change Heading – Sometimes a ship will get into a harmonic rhythm which drives certain people crazy. This is easily fixed by either changing the ship’s course or speed…. that is, if the captain lets you!
  20. Don’t get pregnant – Many women are fine aboard ships in all weather conditions…. that is until they have their first child. So if you are female and plan on taking a world cruise be sure to do it before you have children. The worst part – sea-sickness has been the cause of many pregnancies by women who unknowingly threw-up their birth control pills.
  21. Close your eyes – Many doctors believe that seasickness is actually your brain getting confused by too many mixed signals. So start to shut these signals down by removing smells, tastes hearing and vision. For the last two high quality earplugs and a comfortable eye mask may help.
  22. Ask an astronaut – NASA has done extensive research on the causes and treatments for motion sickness. One tested treatment is to wear special LCD shutter glasses that create a stroboscopic vision of 4 Hz with a dwell of 10 milliseconds.
  23. Autogenic-Feedback Training Exercise – AFTE is a six-hour training program developed by NASA which is reportedly an effective method for enabling people to control voluntarily several of their own physiological responses to a variety of environmental stressors. Not sure what that means? Neither am I but I’m sure google can help.
  24. Avoid Books and Computer Screens – Reading, wether on a device or paper, is a sure-fire way to get you sea-sick. But if you must be sure to read small portions at a time with frequent breaks to look up towards the horizon. If using a computer try a program that reads the text out-loud to avoid fixing your eyes on the screen, or use an e-ink device (like an Amazon Kindle) which isn’t as bright and doesn’t “flicker” like an iPhone or tablet.
  25. Buy a program – With names like “The Puma Method” and “Nevasic” a mixture of doctors and hacks offer their training programs for a price. Some are DVD sets and others comes as cheap iPhone apps. Some surely work and others are a scam but all promise to relieve your pain in a few easy steps.
  26. Saline Drip & O2 – Between sweating, vomiting and forgetting to eat or drink seasickness can quickly dehydrate you worsening your condition fast. So, for some, a trip to the ship hospital results in an IV and an 02 mask which hydrate and oxygenate the patient making then quickly feel better (FYI – you can purchase just the oxygen bottle over the counter). But a far simpler solution is to drink water and get fresh air before you get dehydrated.
  27. Hammock – A simple parachute hammock strung fore-to-aft will let you lay motionless while the ship rolls beneath you. It won’t remove all motion (you still feel the up and down heave of the ship) but it does reduce the rolls.
  28. Be A Burrito – If the hammock doesn’t work for you try wedging lifejackets (the bright orange thick cushy ones work best) under your bed to create an acute angle between the mattress and the wall, then climb in. This essentially turns your matteress into a burrito shaped shell, pinning you against the wall and preventing you from rolling in your bed.
  29. Get In The Water – While this is impossible on most ships, if you are on a dive boat or on a cruise ship with a swimming pool you can reduce the water’s motion by submersing yourself in it! This works best when you are fully underwater with a SCUBA set.
  30. Stay In The Middle – A ship balances at it’s center so that is the place where motion is least pronounced. The bow and stern should be avoided at all cost.
  31. Get To Work – Dinghy sailors rarely get seasick and this is because their is too much work to be done by the small crew to notice the bad weather surrounding them. Free your mind and body with work or exercise to avoid getting sick.
  32. Hair Of The Dog – In Britain new sailors are called Greenies for the color their skin takes when the ship starts rolling. Many people get terribly seasick in the beginning of their careers but become old salts after battling their first major – week long – storm.
  33. Lay Down – Some say that lying down prevents histamine from reaching the brain, decreasing nausea. Try laying on your back to prevent your stomach from being pushed into the deck by your body weight.
  34. The “Navy Cocktail” – This remedy consists of a heavy dose of both ephedrine and phenergan taken orally and was reportedly used by both the US Navy and NASA astronauts. We can’t suggest taking either without seeking a doctor’s advice.
  35. Roll With The Punches – Fighting the roll of a ship can quickly cause fatigue which can lead to seasickness. Try to roll with the ship instead of stiffening up and fighting the motion (as most newbies unconsciously do).
  36. Ice Water – Immerse your feet in ice water. We are not sure if this is a wive’s tale or real cure but I know of at least one sailor who swears by it.
  37. Drink Coke OR Avoid Coke – Some people swear that Coca-Cola helps prevent sea-sickness others say that it causes it. Some also say that any carbonated beverage will help quite the stomach but that ginger beer works best.
  38. Get a Diagnostic – Some people don’t have sea-sickness at all. They have vertigo or food allergies or other medical conditions that – once cured – relieve themselves to be the true culprit.
  39. Steer The Ship – Taking the helm keeps your eyes on the horizon (2), allows you to change heading (19) and keeps you busy (30) but mostly it gives you a feeling of control over the elements and can be a fast cure to sea-sickness.
  40. Clean Your Ears – Most of us take frequent showers and clean our ears out regularly with Q-tips but, if you don’t, wax build-up in your ear has been reported to lead to motion sickness.
  41. Lean Back – Keeping head movements to a minimum may help you reduce the number and complexity of inputs to the brain. To do this recline your chair slightly resting your head.
  42. Pull The Trigger – Don’t sit around fearing the sickness and go ahead an tickle your throat by sticking your fingers way down inside. Some sailors swear by it! If you can’t bring yourself to stick your own fingers down your throat (and your dearest friend refuses to help) then try some good old fashion Syrup of Ipecac.
  43. Removing Part Of Your Brain – A university study (Hoffer, 2003). found that by removing the nodulus section of a dog’s brain effectively prevented motion sickness. It’s also thought by some that children under 2 are immune from motion sickness because this part of the barin has yet to develop. Loss of inner ear function and lesions in the cerebellar nodulus may also work but…..
  44. Monitor your breathing – Hyperventilation can lead to lightness of head and induce many of the symptoms of seasickness. Take deep, controlled breaths and stay calm to prevent hyperventilating. If you still can’t stop then breathing into a paper bag may help.
  45. Always Puke To Leeward – If you feel like you might throw up then go topside and puke to leeward. This is important!
  46. Take a Chill Pill – Doctors don’t always do as suggested. I sailed with a doctor once who prescribed Scopolamine to all his patients but, for himself, he preferred Valium. Diazepam , lorazepam, benadryl and klonazepam are all reported by various sources to work but, be carefull, these meds are sedating and can be addictive.
  47. Decongest – Stuffed and runny noses play havoc on the inner ear so, some suggest, a Mentholatum Ointment vapor rub or pepper powder to clear the nasal passages while others suggest over-the-counter nasal decongestant.
  48. Get Some Rest – Sleep deprivation magnifies the occurrence of motion sickness because, according to US Navy research, it interferes with the vestibular system ( located in small cavities hollowed out of bone within each ear) habituation process. In the maritime environment, this is often a compounded problem since the sleeping conditions aboard a vessel. The solution? Get plenty of rest before the storm arrives.
  49. Be Friendly – Some studies have suggested that motion sickness tends to be greater in introverts (Kottenhoff & Lindahl 1960) this may partly be due to their being slower adaptors (Reason & Graybiel 1972).
  50. 50. Know the enemy….

But what is motion sickness? Sometimes the best prevention is knowledge so, to answer the question, motion sickness is a generic term for the discomfort and associated vomiting induced by a variety of motion conditions aboard ships, aircraft, vehicles, on swings or amusement park rides, in zero gravity environments (e.g. space), and elevators. Actually, the term “motion sickness” is somewhat of a misnomer from two perspectives. First, it can be induced in the absence of motion as during a virtual reality simulation, and secondly, sickness implies that it is a type of disease, when in fact it is a perfectly normal response of a healthy individual without any functional disorders (Benson 1999). Although the symptoms and physiological responses are consistent for all motions, seasickness varies with the individual.

What causes motion sickness? Most research suggests that motion sickness is caused by the vestibular apparatus (located within the inner ear, the vestibular apparatus provides the brain with information about self motion) sending signals that do not match the sensations of motion generated by visual or kinaesthetic (awareness of the position and movement) systems, or what is expected from previous experience. Said simply, it’s caused by sensory mismatch, the brain gets confused by too many unexpected inputs.

We shall leave you with this note from Dr. Timothy Hain, an expert on motion sickness. He writes of some interesting sea-sickness facts:

Motion sickness is the nausea, disorientation and fatigue that can be induced by head motion. The first sign is usually an unhealthy pale appearance. Yawning, restlessness and a cold sweat forming on the upper lip or forehead often follow. As symptoms build, an upset stomach, fatigue or drowsiness may occur. The final stages are characterized by nausea and vomiting.

Horses, cows, monkeys, chimpanzees, birds and sheep have been reported in scientific publications to show motion sickness. Rats, unfortunately I suppose, do not vomit so cannot serve as experimental subjects.

According to research, nearly 100% of (human) occupants of life rafts will vomit in rough seas. 60% of student aircrew members suffer from air sickness at some time during their training. For vertical motion (heave), oscillation at a frequency of about 0.2 hz is the most provocative. Motion at 1 Hz is less than 1/10th as provocative. About 7% of seagoing passengers report vomiting during a journey (Lawther and Griffin, 1988).

Women are more sensitive to motion than men, by a ratio of about 5:3 ( Cheung, B. and K. Hofer , 2002). Women are more sensitive to motion around the times of their menstrual cycle (Glunfeld and Gresty, 1996). This may be due to interactions between migraine and motion sickness.

Medication

If you can’t keep it at bay, there are two kinds of medicine you can take for motion sickness. The first is antihistamines, both prescription and over-the-counter. These are the most commonly used medications for motion sickness, and they’re available in any drug store and in many supermarkets. Cyclizine (Marezine) and dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) are two major ones.

Make sure to read the drug labels, though. One of the big side effects of these medications is drowsiness. Some products use different ingredients that don’t make you as sleepy, but they may not work as well.

The other well-known drug used to keep motion sickness under control is scopolamine (Transderm Scop). It’s an adhesive patch you put behind your ear a few hours before you think you’ll need it. You have to have a prescription to get it.

Kids shouldn’t take antihistamines or scopolamine. If your child is between the ages of 2 and 12, dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) might be helpful. Try a test dose before you leave home, though, because some children can be sensitive to them.

As with all drugs — including over-the-counter antihistamines — check with your doctor before you take them or give them to your child.

How to Prevent and Cure Motion Sickness, According to Frequent Travelers

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There’s an unpleasant sense of perpetual apprehension for those of us who are prone to motion sickness. You never know which flight is going to turn turbulent or when a snorkeling trip is going to start to get a bit too rough. And once your brain starts going down the nausea path, it’s hard to derail it.

Luckily, there are measures that can be taken to mitigate motion sickness even before you go.

Start by choosing your seat carefully. You want to keep your inner ear stable by finding the seat with the least movement possible, whether that’s over the wing on an airplane, in the front seat of a car or bus, or facing forward on the lower level of a train. On a boat, it’s near the middle of the vessel on a lower deck. A position near a window for both a breeze and sightline to the horizon is also helpful.

As boarding time approaches, make sure you’re physically in top condition. That means ideally a good night’s sleep, proper hydration, and a light, easily digested pre-trip meal low in fat. If you’re showing up to the airport hungover and stuffing a burrito in your face, even the best seat selection won’t save you.

Once you’re in motion, if you start to feel wobbly, look out at a fixed point on the horizon — not at something close-up, like a book or your phone. Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, a refrain that will feel familiar if you’ve ever taken a yoga class. Put in some music or an audiobook or try to carry on a conversation with your travel buddy to distract yourself (and your ears).

If that’s not cutting it, then it might be time to enlist some extra help. Consider stocking a pouch beforehand with some preventative items so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the horizon to dig for — or to grab a plastic bag if none of this ends up working.

Here are some favorite items from both medical professionals and travelers that we spoke to. Remember that we, here at T+L, aren’t doctors, so always consult your own physician before beginning a new routine.

Natural Motion Sickness Remedies

Ginger Candy

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Ginger is well-known for its anti-nausea properties, with many travelers toting ginger candies or teas in their carryons. “The Gin Gins brand is my personal favorite,” said Amina Dearmon of Perspectives Travel. “I eat one as soon as I feel turbulence, if I’m getting car sick, or on rough seas. They’re also just tasty and a good alternative to grabbing candy at the airport.”

To buy: amazon.com, $12

Tea

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“I always travel with ginger chews and teas that soothe the stomach, especially mint and chamomile,” said Ashley Blake, founder of Traverse Journeys. Bonus: If you bring your own travel mug, you can get hot water in the airport or on the plane to save money and plastic.

To buy: (peppermint tea) amazon.com, (ginger tea) amazon.com, (chamomile tea) amazon.com

Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint is a frequent runner-up in the soothing category. If you prefer to smell rather than taste, try dabbing peppermint oil on your skin, particularly at pulse points, or just smelling the open bottle.

To buy: amazon.com, $7

Travel Tonic

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“I swear by Dr. Singha’s Travel Tonic, an Aryuvedic-based tincture that is a blend of roots and herbs that calm the nerves, sooth the heart and aid in anti-nausea,” said Blake. “I take a dropperful starting about an hour before the flight then every few hours throughout.”

To buy: amazon.com, $17

Motion Sickness Relief Bands

Sea Bands

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These squishy sweatband-style accessories are a traveler favorite (and my personal first line of defense). “I used to work onboard cruise ships where motion sickness was common, and we had a treatment plan that was guaranteed to work: acupuncture to points on the stomach channel to help nausea and vomiting,” said licensed acupuncturist Kerry Boyle.

“Sea Bands are applied at the acupressure point Nei Guan, or Pericardium 6. This point is located on the inside (or palm up) side of the forearm, in the midway point between the two tendons, just three finger breadths up from the wrist. Apply pressure for at least 60 seconds to this point, or wear Sea Bands, during travel to reduce motion sickness.”

To buy: amazon.com, $16

Psi Bands

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If you prefer plastic to fabric, Psi Bands utilize the same acupressure principals as Sea Bands in a slightly different form.

To buy: amazon.com, $13

Reliefband

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This high-tech wristband takes the Sea Bands concept to the next level, using neuromodulation technology with targeted gentle pulses to the underside of the wrist.

To buy: amazon.com, $175

Pharmaceutical Motion Sickness Remedies

Bonine

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“I take Bonine 24 hours in advance of any offshore passage and typically use during the first day or two of sailing until I settle into the gentle rhythms of the sea,” said Lisa Dorenfest, who is currently circumnavigating the globe under sail with 360 degrees of longitude under her belt. “There is slight drowsiness (and some intense dreaming) during the first 24 hours of use, though far less in comparison to similar products.”

To buy: amazon.com, $13

Benadryl

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“I love to scuba but chumming fish because of seasickness is not pleasant,” said Sheryl Hill, CEO of travel preparedness company Depart Smart. “My doctor advised me to take Benadryl the night before traveling by car/boat/plane. Best advice ever.”

To buy: amazon.com, $7

MQ Patch

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“I have sailed over 3,000 nautical-miles in the past six months, and no longer have an issue with seasickness while offshore when wearing these patches,” said Captain Mandy Rosello. “I can cook, clean, read, and most importantly work the sails and man the helm with no issues in almost any sea state. They even work if nausea has already set in.”

To buy: amazon.com, $11

There’s nothing worse than gearing up for an exciting boat dive only to have your tummy lurching within minutes of leaving the dock. You aren’t alone. Most divers will turn as green as a frog at least once in their lives. But, seasickness is a major problem for some. If you are one of the unlucky few who get sick every time the ocean rolls, we’re here to help.

Sea sickness occurs when a mismatch of information is sent to the brain. For example, your feet may be telling your brain that you are on solid ground, but your inner ear is saying otherwise. It senses the movement of the ocean as it battles to keep you upright. When the brain is confused, you end up sick. Luckily, there are some tried and true techniques to diminish the effects of seasickness and help you transition from shore dives onto that liveaboard of your dreams.

Choose the right destination

If you had a weak heart, you wouldn’t go skydiving. The same logic applies to seasickness. Don’t choose a destination where you have to hit the open ocean in the middle of monsoon season to reach a dive site. Try to pick areas with sites within protected harbors or seas to minimize the amount of waves you must battle. In addition, if you are considering a liveaboard, choose a larger ship with a built-in stabilization system.

Have a good rest before departure

Feeling exhausted is a good way to make your body more susceptible to motion sickness. Take a night to get some sleep before your next boat trip.

Get some fresh air

Being stuck in the interior of a boat can amplify the effects of sea sickness. Fresh air has two benefits: allowing our minds to focus on the wind blowing on our face and removing us from the oppression of a confined space.

Look at the horizon

Looking at the horizon helps our eyes to correct the signal they are sending to the brain. As the eyes look at the moving horizon, they begin to realize the movement of the boat and match the information the inner ear is sending. Correcting this miscommunication is the best way to manage sea sickness.

Find a spot mid-ship near the water

This is the location where a boat’s unnatural movements are minimized the most. If you are sailing on a liveaboard, request a cabin near the middle of the boat with a window looking out to the sea.

Eat something

Contrary to popular belief, sailing on an empty stomach will not prevent you from throwing up. A light, non-greasy meal is the best breakfast before heading out. Try taking along some ginger cookies to snack on every couple of hours. Ginger is commonly thought to minimize the effects of motion sickness.

Drink something

Coca-cola contains phosphoric acid and sugars, the very same ingredients you will find in common anti-nausea drugs.

Take some drugs

12 to 24 hours before setting sail, consider taking an over-the-counter anti-nausea drug like Dramamine, Benadryl or Bonine. These drugs work by blocking the miscommunications your eyes, feet and inner-ears are sending to your brain. However, their side effects can include drowsiness, so it’s best to give them a trial run before diving with the drugs in your system.

Wear a patch

Many sea sickness sufferers swear by the patch. These over-the-counter patches, which are worn behind your ear, work by reducing the signals sent by the nerves of your inner ear. As with over-the-counter pills, you must be mindful of the side effects which can include blurred vision and dry mouth.

Try an acupressure wristband

These bands put pressure on a point of the wrist called P6. While the science behind the technique is still being tested, many people believe that bands with a pressure point on P6 remedy the nausea caused by seasickness. Luckily, most divers recover from seasickness almost immediately after entering the water or touching dry land. If you suffer from a severe case of seasickness, it might take up to three days to return to your normal equilibrium. Don’t hesitate to talk to a medical professional before your next diving vacation in order to find the best prevention for you. Keep in mind that we are not trained medical professionals and this advice should not a replacement for a visit to your travel physician.

17 Easy Ways to Beat Seasickness Right Now

Given a strong enough stimulus, nearly everyone experiences seasicknesses

By DAN Boater

Hands up if you’ve experienced at least one bout of mal de mer in your lifetime. And don’t be embarrassed. Many people are prone to motion sickness; it’s waaaaay more common than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 100% of us have—or will—succumb to seasickness on rough waters.

Scientists have a fancy name for this malady—kinetosis—and it’s an age-old problem. Ancient Greeks referred to seasickness as the “plague of the sea,” and famous sufferers through the ages include Christopher Columbus, Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson and Charles Darwin.

Even the most seasoned mariners can fall prey to seasickness. Medical reports submitted by crews after the 2012 Newport to Bermuda race included 54 cases of seasickness. And according to a Yachting World survey of 450 sailors taking part in a 2015 ARC transatlantic rally, 26% experienced some degree of seasickness. Heck, producers of Deadliest Catch reveal that even Edgar Hansen of the Northwestern and Jonathan Hillstrand of Time Bandit still get seasick at the beginning of each season!

What is seasickness and what causes it?

Think of it as a battle of the senses. Seasickness occurs when one part of your balance-sensing system (your inner ear, eyes and sensory nerves) senses that your body is moving, but the other parts do not. For example, if you’re in the cabin of a moving vessel, your inner ear may sense the motion of waves, but your eyes don’t detect any movement. This sensory mismatch confuses your brain, and in turn, you feel sick.

It’s not easy (or fun) being green!

Symptoms of seasickness run the gamut from dry mouth, cold sweats, dizziness and drowsiness to mild headaches, nausea and vomiting. In other words, pure misery. But you don’t have to suffer!

How Long Does Seasickness Last?

Learn more about seasickness in the full video here.

What are the best seasickness remedies?

We’ve asked seasoned skippers, sailors, travel experts and medical professionals for their best tips and tricks for conquering seasickness and compiled this handy list of cures to help you get your sea legs.

Of course, what works for others may not work for you, so it’s good to be prepared with a few options. Also, keep in mind that these tips are not meant to be a substitute or replacement for any medical treatment. Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional regarding your specific health concerns.

#1 – Cast off well-rested…
One of the best ways to prevent seasickness is to take smart steps before even setting foot on a boat. “Get plenty of sleep before a voyage, since fatigue weakens your stamina,” advise Peter Flamisch and Vera Hovanyecz, who live aboard Irreversible and are hosts of Sail Over the Horizon on YouTube. Indeed, U.S. Navy research reveals that sleep deprivation magnifies the occurrence of seasickness by interfering with the vestibular system (located in small cavities hollowed out of bone within each ear) habituation process.

#2 – …And well-nourished
You never want to tackle rolling seas on an empty stomach, but you don’t want to be stuffed, either. Nick Fabbri and Terysa Vanderloo, video bloggers of Sailing Yacht Ruby Rose, recommend having a stodgy, solid meal (such as oatmeal, bagels, pancakes, etc.) before boarding and making sure you ”graze” throughout the day and drink plenty of water. “We try to have sandwiches made up before leaving and easy-to-reach snacks (like apples, granola bars, and crisps), as well as full bottles of water in the cockpit.”

#3 – Arrive sober
Avoid alcohol 24 hours before boating. Even a mild hangover can easily turn into a nasty bout of seasickness.

#4 – Pop a pill
Dramamine and Bonine are the two most common and popular seasickness remedies. Both are essentially antihistamines and are available over-the-counter at most pharmacies. Both can also make you sleepy, so look for the non-drowsy formulas. Always take new medications on a test-drive—at least a week ahead of time—before using them on the water. If there are no issues, take the recommended dose the night before your trip, and then another dose at least an hour before leaving. This helps build up a defensive level of the drug in your body.

#5 – Patch things up
Scores of avid sailors spell seasick relief like this: SCOPOLAMINE patches. Sold under the brand name Transderm Scop, when placed on the skin (typically just behind the ear), this patch delivers the prescription drug scopolamine at a steady rate for up to three days. These patches work similarly to antihistamines by interfering with the communication between nerves and the part of the brain that controls vomiting. But patches last longer than antihistamines, and many insist they have fewer side effects. The patch is Wandering Educators’ Dr. Jessie Voigts’ go-to remedy. “I get seasick from any kind of movement, and it’s worse when I’m out on the water,” she reports. “Other seasickness remedies typically don’t work for me when there are big waves. But with the patch, you put it behind your ear four hours before and wait for it to kick in. It even stays on in water.”
It’s a good idea to wear a patch on dry land for at least 24 hours to test its effects and how you react to it. Wear only one patch at a time, never break one in half, and avoid alcohol when wearing a patch. Also, make sure to remove a patch after three days since withdrawal symptoms that mimic the very symptoms you’re trying to sidestep (dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache and balance disturbances) can occur.
Important: When you open the foil wrapper, avoid touching the patch under the plastic strip. If some of the medication gets on your finger and inadvertently contaminates your eye, the drug will produce unilateral pupil dilation, which has caused confusion with several serious medical emergencies by those who are unaware of this association.

#6 – Go natural
Hands down, ginger is the most common herbal remedy for seasickness and has been used by sailors for centuries. Researchers at Brigham Young University and Mount Union College in Ohio found that taking a gram of ginger trumped the recommended dosage of dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) for motion sickness. Researchers believe that ginger works via the digestive track vs. shutting down messages to the brain, which is how most prescription and over-the-counter anti-nausea drugs work. Out Chasing Stars video blogger Amy Alton prefers raw ginger to capsules. “If I have crystallized ginger, that’s great,” she says, “but ginger beer also works.” Nick Fabbri from Sailing Yacht Ruby Rose, on the other hand, prefers ginger tea and ginger lollipops. Other natural remedies sailors swear by include peppermint and lemon drops.
Note: Ginger can thin the blood, so consult your doctor first if you’re on high blood-pressure medication.

#7 – Band it
One popular drug-free option for preventing seasickness is a wristband. While based on the ancient practices of Chinese acupuncture, the concept of a sea band wasn’t invented until 1980 when physician and surgeon Dr. Daniel Choy was participating in the Newport to Bermuda race, and his seasick pills got wet and melted in his pocket. By applying pressure to a point located on the underside of his arm—about an inch and a half above the wrist—Dr. Choy found relief.
Nowadays, there are a variety of hands-free options in the form of anti-seasickness wrist bands that exert gentle pressure on that “sweet spot”, thus suppressing nausea. You can find these at marine and travel stores, as well as online. There are also more sophisticated, battery-operated versions—like the Relief Band—that deliver a mild electrical pulse instead of pressure.
The scientific jury is still out on whether sea bands are effective, but many sailors—like Penny Sadler from Adventures of a Carry-On, rarely sail without wearing one. “I was working on a two-week cruise from Miami to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal and decided to take a pre-emptive approach,” she says. “Preferring to avoid medication whenever possible, I wore a wrist band that stimulates acupressure points, and it worked like a charm for me.”

#8 – Inhale
Captain Gino, a licensed captain with 25 years of sailing under his belt, recommends Quease Ease to his crew and passengers. This all-natural inhaled seasickness reliever was formulated and developed by a U.S. Certified Registered Nurse anesthetist to calm surgery- and anesthesia-related queasiness. The concoction is made from peppermint, lavender, ginger, and spearmint essential oils. “You remove the cap, take a few breaths when needed, then put the cap back on,” says Captain Gino. “Done. Magic.”

#9 – Steer the ship
“The thing that works best for me if I feel seasick is taking the helm,” says Kelly Porter, who hosts YouTube’s Sailing Satori with Nick Johnson. “There’s something about ‘driving’ the boat and the breeze in your face that cures it.” Indeed, sitting in the front seat and keeping your eyes on the horizon can work wonders by giving you a feeling of control over the elements. Remember, motion sickness is caused in part by conflicting signals to your brain. But by looking up and out, your peripheral vision will see the ocean swells that you feel. The whole picture will make more sense to your brain, and you will regain your sense of equilibrium.

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#10 – Stick to the middle ground
When symptoms of seasickness sneak up on you, it’s easy to want to go below and curl up in a ball, or helplessly hug the head—but resist that urge. According to Captain Michael Simon, an Intrepid Travel skipper with over a decade of experience sailing ships around the Caribbean, “The more fresh air you expose yourself to, the less likely you are to feel the effects of seasickness.” By the same token, try to brace yourself at the center of the boat where rocking and rolling is less amplified, and avoid areas with strong fumes, particularly fuel or exhaust.

#11 – Watch what you eat
Stuff your face with spicy, greasy, high-fat foods, and when the waves hit, you’ll pay the price. Keep your diet bland for the most part, but also keep your stomach full by noshing on healthy snacks—like green apples and citrus candy, which ship crew members and seasoned scuba divers alike insist help quell nausea. Or try this trick from seasick sufferer Kim Brown, author of Checklists for Sailors: Passage Planning, Sailboat Maintenance, Cleaning, Medical and More: “Living aboard Britican, I often chew quite a bit of gum. For some reason, it settles my stomach,” she says. “Hard candies also work well.”

#12 – Guzzle water
It’s a no-brainer that it’s important to stay hydrated—always. But this is particularly important at sea. Dehydration can not only limit the body’s ability to handle destabilizing motion, but it can also bring on symptoms of seasickness—or make them worse if you’re already feeling lousy. In addition to water, Gatorade is another great choice to keep those electrolytes pumping into your body. Alcohol, however, is a no-no, as it’s dehydrating.

#13 – Avoid face time
Reading—whether it’s on your phone, iPad, computer or paper—is an open invitation to get seasick. That’s because focusing your eyes on an apparently stationary target convinces your brain even more that your middle ears are wrong. So, until you get your sea legs, keep these devices stowed away.

#14 – Think high C’s
In one study of people who took either two grams of vitamin C or a placebo and then spent 20 minutes on a life raft in a wave pool, those who took the supplement had reduced levels of seasickness. This trick likely works because the brain makes histamine, which makes you seasick, and vitamin C cuts its production.
This is a remedy expert sailors John and Amanda Neal of Mahina Expeditions rely on before every passage, only the Neals prefer to guzzle Emergen-C. “That way we get the vitamin C in a drink, which gets both water and vitamins into the body—and neither has side effects,” they explain.

#15 – Plug it
Insert an earplug into one ear. This is a trick video blogger Christopher Barr of Sailing Britaly says worked wonders for him while battling 10-meter waves in the North Sea. How does it work? “Seasickness is caused by conflicting signals being sent to your brain from your eyes and your inner ears—your cochlea,” he theorizes. “The movement that you’re being subjected to is being detected by your cochlea. The two cochleae send messages to your brain telling it that you are moving. If you’re on a boat, your eyes will see the environment moving with you, and your eyes send messages to your brain telling it that you are not moving. This mismatch between the cochlea and the eyes is what makes you feel sick. By plugging one ear, however, your brain senses that there’s something wrong with your ears, and so it ignores the signals that are being sent by your cochlea. It then concentrates on the signals being sent from your eyes—and of course, if you look around, you’ll see movement—and it’s these signals that the brain concentrates on. It’s a very simple trick, but it can actually stop you from getting seasick.”
Other sailors who use this trick claim it works best when you insert the earplug into the opposite ear from your dominant hand (if you’re right-handed, place the earplug in your left ear).

#16 – Sleep it off
When nothing else works, try snoozing. Sail Over the Horizon’s Veronika Hovanyecz says, “When I feel really bad, I lie on my back in the most stable berth on the boat until I fall asleep.” Even if you have trouble sleeping, at the very least, lying down prevents histamine from reaching the brain, thus decreasing nausea. Plus, by closing your eyes, your brain will be on the receiving end of fewer of the mixed signals that can lead to seasickness.

#17 – Ride it out
Take heart! According to the Yachting World survey, seasickness typically lasts just one or two days tops. And the majority (60%) of sufferers said it didn’t keep them from taking part in any activities on board. On another high note, the survey also suggested that incidences of seasickness may decrease as you get older, typically peaking between the ages of 20 and 29.
Here’s some even better news: Seventy-five percent of people eventually get acclimated to the sea and are naturally cured. And if you’re in that other 25%? Well, now you know what to do!

Smile through the seasickness

How to avoid seasickness on the Cook Strait Ferry

The Interislander is considered one of the world’s most beautiful ferry journeys in the world so we want you to treasure your journey with us. But that can be difficult with a veil of green sweeping over your face. So if you’re susceptible to motion sickness, it’s as simple as being prepared for the worst.

Watch what you indulge in

If you know you’ve got a ferry to catch within 24 hours, it’s always best to think about what food and drink you’re putting in your body. Avoid anything too bubbly, that includes booze and you’re favourite fizzy drinks. And perhaps try holding back from any spicy or greasy food. Leave those Thai takeaway leftovers from last night behind. It’ll only upset you later.

Don’t sail on an empty stomach

You can actually make yourself more susceptible to motion sickness if you travel with nothing in the tank. An hour before you go, have a little snack of crackers, pretzels or something mild to settle your stomach. And continue nibbling on light, bland snacks that are low in fat and acid throughout the voyage.

Avoid strong odours

If you can help it, steer clear of any foul smells. When you see someone digging into their Tupperware filled with some rather questionable lunch, turn your nose the other way. That nasty egg salad isn’t good for anyone’s nostrils. And always remember, never sit downwind from the bathrooms —for obvious reasons.

Try sea bands

These handy bands are made of knitted elastic, with a small plastic stud applying pressure to the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist. A drug-free preventative step you can take that is safe for adults, children and pregnant women too. You can find sea bands at most pharmacies — they even come in funky colours and patterns.

Snack on some ginger

Used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine, this pungent and spicy root has long been known as a great preventative for motion sickness. Many passengers swear by it, insisting that eating ginger in some form before and during the voyage can help lessen or ward off oncoming seasickness. Whether you chew ginger fresh, dried, crystalised or in candy form, this natural hack is a good one to keep in mind.

If you’ve tried all the seasick remedies you can think of and none of them seem to work, try some over-the-counter drugs, such as Scopolamine Patches. Applied on the skin behind your ear four hours before you set sail, these patches gradually release scopolamine (great for nausea) for your body to absorb. There can be side effects, so do some research and talk to a health professional before you buy them.

Get a sickbag

Unfortunately, sometimes there’s simply nothing you can do once the feeling hits. Sick bags are available on board Interislander. So it’s always best to be prepared and grab one (or two) before you settle into your seat.

Sailing when the weathers wild

On the Interislander, we only set sail in safe conditions. But if there’s a storm-a-brewing’ on the day you’re booked to set off (and you think it could cause some bothersome belly activity) then you’re welcome to consider embarking on your journey at a later stage.

Check the conditions

If you’re really concerned, check the swell online before you go. Or if you’re travelling on the Interislander ferry, chat to one of the friendly crew before boarding. Rest assured if conditions are too rough or it’s unsafe, sailing will be cancelled or delayed for another time. You can check our website for up to date arrival times, departures and to find out more about receiving notifications.

Cancellations

Changing your sailing is easy. If you want to delay your trip and go on a sunny day, you can change the date of your expedition free of charge for up to one hour before you’re set to sail off. See the fare conditions on your booking confirmation if you want to cancel your sailing entirely. For more information about cancellations and different fare types on offer, see our website.

During the crossing

While the journey on the Cook Strait ferry is a beautiful one, rain or sun, it can get pretty choppy. We weren’t all born with sea legs, so here are a few suggestions on how to prevent seasickness to get you through.

Face forward

If you can help it, try sitting in a forward facing seat and avoid reading or looking down. Focus on the horizon or any fixed object in the distance like a mountain or building. If you start to feel nauseous while scrolling on your phone, put it down and either close your eyes or look at the horizon.

Choose your seat wisely

Where you sit on board a boat can really affect how you feel. Typically the middle of the boat is the most stable with the least motion. And if possible, sit as close to water level as you can, the higher above the water you are the more movement you’ll feel. And as mentioned earlier, try finding a seat facing the direction you’re travelling in, with a view of the horizon and easy access to fresh air as well.

Have a nap

If you’re the kind of person who falls asleep at the drop of a hat, then try to nap it out until the journey is over. Yes, you’ll miss some of the beautiful sights along the way, but chances are you’ll also miss the otherwise inevitable seasickness you’re prone to.

Get out of your seat

A bit of crisp wind can alleviate the symptoms of seasickness. So get up and move around a bit. Get some fresh air, but keep looking at that horizon and not the rolling waves. Above all else, if you notice someone else hit by a wave of seasickness, move away from them. It can be a bit contagious. And if you see anyone reaching for their sick bag, get out of there.

Talk to the crew

Give the team on board a heads up if you aren’t feeling too flash. They will likely remind you of some of the hints we’ve mentioned, and give you a piece of ice to pop in your mouth. One of the simplest home remedies, sucking an ice cube can help calm the stomach and prevent queasiness.

It’s smooth sailing from here

Motion sickness is caused by your senses getting into a tizzy. Your eyes and ears get mixed messages about the movement going on around you. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. You aren’t the first person to experience seasickness and you certainly won’t be the last. So whether you’re sensitive to seasickness or you’re a bit worried about cruising in rough conditions, take these pointers and do your best to enjoy the journey. We look forward to welcoming you aboard and getting you across the Cook Strait as smoothly as possible.

28 Sep 7 tips to avoid seasickness while diving

Posted at 07:26h in Dive Sites, Dive Trips, Food, Tips & Tricks by intern

We know, it’s not a very nice topic to talk about but unfortunately some of our divers and even our long staying dive interns experience seasickness now and then. Most of the time this happens at one of our favourite dive sites, Nusa Penida, due to traveling by boat throughout the whole day. So, if you’d love to dive in Nusa Penida with Blue Season Bali and you’ve experienced seasickness before: take advantage of these tips to avoid it!

Seasickness pills

Of course, this is the number one treatment to avoid seasickness, but you should know which pills to choose! When you’re in Bali you can get the medication in most pharmacies around or you can just bring them from home. Just be sure not to pick those with cinnarizine in them as they may make you tired. YOu definitely don’t want that on your dives! Here in Sanur, they are called “antimo”, are usually in blue packaging with a plane, a boat and a train on the front – just get in touch if you need any help finding them.

Ginger

You can choose a homeopathic seasickness pill with ginger in it or bring fresh ginger on the boat – either is fine! This might be a better option if you don’t always want to use medication on your dives. For me, fresh ginger works best when you chew on a small bit. It literally burns away your seasickness.

Change your position and get fresh air

Sitting up straight and looking to the horizon helps a lot of people to get rid of the beginning of seasickness! If sitting up straight doesn’t help at all laying down is another option to prevent seasickness. Also, it’s always helpful to get some fresh air so try to go to an open deck or balcony (Blue Season Bali’s boat has an open deck. Yay!).

Wear acupressure wrist bands

Acupressure wrist bands help to avoid seasickness by pressing on the Nei-Kuan acupressure point, located underneath the first finger between the two wrist tendons. Pressure on this point can effectively reduce nausea.

Eat well before the boat trip and stay hydrated

The best food to have before going on a boat is light and bland. Crackers, bread or oatmeal is the best breakfast if you know that you get seasick quickly. Throughout the whole day you should stay hydrated and drink lots of water. Not only does this help to prevent seasickness, but also when you are seasick already.

Make sure you are well rested on your diving day

Missing sleep and feeling exhausted make you more susceptible to factors that can cause seasickness. Make sure you get an early sleep the night before and don’t go on a boat if you’re hungover as it’s both bad for diving and avoiding seasickness!

Let your dive buddy help you

If you’re feeling seasick, but still want to go diving the best way is to get some help from other divers on the boat. Looking down and concentrating on setting up your gear can worsen symptoms, so a buddy’s help can make a big difference.

We don’t know which tip will help you to avoid seasickness in the end. It might be helpful to try out some combinations to get rid of seasickness. In any case: Try to stay calm and enjoy your dives!

Did you try any of these tips to avoid seasickness before or tried out different ones? Let us know all about it in the comments!

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