Last updated on December 28th, 2023 at 11:34 am
Embarking on a sea voyage can be a thrilling experience, but for some, the worry of getting seasick can cast a shadow over the excitement.
Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a first-time cruiser, the discomfort of seasickness is something best avoided.
These are the 8 effective tips that have helped me to navigate the seas. I hope they’ll help you enjoy your maritime adventures too!
Manage what you eat and drink
The first line of defense against seasickness starts with what you put into your body. Avoid a crazy night out prior to your sea voyage.
Opt for light, easily digestible meals before and during your time at sea. Avoid heavy, greasy, or spicy foods, as they can contribute to nausea.
Stay hydrated with water and consider nibbling on ginger-based snacks or sipping ginger tea, known for its anti-nausea properties.
Bring your medicine
If you know you’re prone to seasickness, consider bringing over-the-counter or prescription seasickness medications.
These can be a game-changer and provide relief when the waves start rocking.
Consult with your healthcare provider to find the most suitable option for you.
Get some fresh air
When onboard, don’t hide in the cabin. Venture out onto the deck and embrace the sea breeze instead.
Fresh air can do wonders for combating seasickness. If possible, position yourself in an area where you can feel the wind and take in the natural surroundings.
I find this particularly effective along with the next tip.
Keep the horizon in sight
When in doubt, look afar and focus on the horizon.
Keeping a steady gaze on the horizon can help your brain reconcile the motion of the ship with the stable reference point of the distant horizon.
This visual fix can alleviate feelings of dizziness and queasiness.
Don’t use your mobile phone or binoculars for too long
Extended use of mobile phones or binoculars can exacerbate seasickness.
The close focus on screens or through lenses can disrupt the connection between your visual and vestibular systems. If you need to use them, take frequent breaks and focus on the horizon to recalibrate.
My suggestion is, avoid using mobile phone or binoculars.
Dehydration can amplify the symptoms of seasickness. Ensure you drink enough water to stay hydrated. Sip, sip and keep sipping.
Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.
Avoid strong scents
Strong smells, whether from food, perfumes, or other sources, can trigger nausea.
Opt for neutral or mildly fragrant environments and be considerate of your fellow passengers in shared spaces.
Practice deep breathing exercises to help calm your nervous system. Inhale slowly through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale through your mouth.
This mindful and effective breathing technique can help reduce anxiety and alleviate seasickness symptoms.
With a bit of preparation and a mindful approach, you can sail smoothly and enjoy your time at sea without the unwelcome intrusion of seasickness.
Whether you’re cruising on a ship or sailing the open waters, these 8 effective tips will help you avoid getting seasick and make the most of your maritime adventures.
Let me know which tip is the most effective for you.