One thing that will for sure ruin your boating, sailing, and fishing trips quicker than lost luggage is getting seasick. Getting seasick happens to a lot of people and unfortunately, unless you have been on similar travel water adventures in the past, there is no way to know if you are one to get seasick. I have created this post in the hopes to help prevent seasickness and ways to avoid the illness.
What is seasickness? According to the Mayo Clinic, seasickness is the same as motion sickness; a sudden feeling of uneasiness, cold sweats, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting can occur from the movement of the watercraft.
During our recent snorkeling adventures while traveling the Galápagos Islands on a budget we witnessed this poor woman get seasick on a 2 hour, high-speed ferry ride between the islands. As I enjoyed the ferry ride, taking in the smell of the fresh, sea air around me while I soaked up some rays and watched the sea lions and dolphins playfully swim in the Pacific Ocean, the manta-rays jump up out of the sea, and the blue-footed boobies swoop down to catch their afternoon meal, I thought to myself how fortunate I was to be able to enjoy all of these wonderful surroundings and not have to be crippled by seasickness. I wished for this woman that she knew there were options to prevent seasickness so that she too could enjoy her time.
When traveling by watercraft, you can plan ahead and possibly help prevent seasickness by following the tips below:
–Choose your seat/ cabin carefully– choose a seat or cabin on a boat or cruise ship located on the front or middle of the boat to feel more stable.
–Do not read– make sure to focus on the horizon or a fixed point and do not try to read or look at your phone or computer while on the water.
–Try to keep your head stationary– avoid looking around and try to rest the back of your head against a seat back or against a wall.
–Avoid eating spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine prior to your boat/cruise ride– this will help prevent overheating.
–Take preventative medications– antihistamines such as Dramamine and Bonine can be taken 30 to 60 minutes prior to boarding to help prevent seasickness (these medications are available over the counter in the USA). One Transderm Scop patch should be placed behind the ear 4 hours prior to boarding to prevent seasickness and will last 72 hours. The patches are available in a box of 3 patches and are available by prescription only in the USA.
Note: make sure to wash your hands after applying the patch as your hands will have medication on them. Also, do not drink or drive while using the patch as the patch may cause confusion and disorientation and blurred vision. If you have a scheduled MRI or other scans, remove the patch as it contains aluminum and will cause burns to your skin. Also, do not cut the patch and only wear one patch at a time.
The old patch MUST be removed after 72 hours before placing a new patch on. Do not use the patch if you have glaucoma, liver or kidney problems, difficulty urinating, or a history of seizures. Consult a physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding prior to using the patch. Common side effects: blurred vision, dry mouth, and drowsiness.
–Food– when all else fails and you find yourself seasick after having taken precautions, you can try sucking on candied ginger, eating salted crackers, or drinking a carbonated beverage to help with nausea.