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Don't Let Motion Sickness Keep You Off The Water

There are so many entertaining activities to do on the water, but not everyone can handle the sway of the vessel on the water. Motion sickness is caused by a repetitive motion that disturbs your inner ear. It can make you feel just plain bad. You may get nauseous or dizzy, and you may even vomit. Don't let motion sickness keep you from water activities like cruises, ferry rides, or boat tours. Here are 10 ways you can help keep the seasickness away.

  1. Get some rest before you go. Feeling well rested could lessen the effects of motion sickness.
  2. Eat, but be smart about it. Avoid alcohol, grease and spicy foods in the 24 hours before you will be on the water. An empty stomach might make you feel worse, so eat some bland, mild food shortly beforehand.
  3. Try some ginger. Ginger is known to help with nausea. You can suck on ginger candy, eat raw ginger, or sip on some ginger ale.
  4. Medicate yourself. If you are concerned based on previous bad experiences on the water, you may want to consult a professional to see if there is anything they can prescribe you to minimize your symptoms. There are also over-the-counter medications you can take.  Be cautious if you don't know how the drug will affect you. Some tend to make you drowsy, and you don't want to discover that during your fun day on the water.
  5. Try an acupuncture band. These bands push on a pressure point on your wrist that is said to relieve nausea.
  6. Fresh air can help. If you are inside, step out on deck.
  7. When you are outside, find a fixed point to focus on. If you look toward the horizon and fix your gaze on something, it can make you feel a little better.
  8. Change your location. If you are feeling motion sick, go to a place where you won't feel the sway of the boat quite as much. This location will vary depending on the size of the vessel. Typically, somewhere midship on the lowest level (if there are multiple levels) will be the best spot for this.
  9. Don't read a book. Reading can make motion sickness worse.
  10. Stay away from other people who aren't feeling the greatest. Talking about feeling sick or seeing someone else get sick is going to make you feel worse.

Even people prone to illness on the water can enjoy a day (or a week) on the water. Stay on top of it by planning ahead, being prepared, and having some tricks up your sleeve to relieve your motion sickness.

To learn more about relieving seasickness, contact a resource that offers boat tours and cruises