Being sick at home is hard; being sick on a boat is unbearable! Keep seasickness from ruining your vacation.
Step 1: Consider preventive medication Think preventively. Take an over-the-counter antihistamine 1/2 hour prior to boarding the boat or at the first signs of seasickness. You can also consult your doctor for prescription medication.
Step 2: Drink plenty of water before you get on the boat Drink plenty of water prior to boarding. Dehydration can make you dizzy and cause nausea.
TIP: Avoid drinking alcohol, which can cause dehydration and nausea.
Step 3: Eat right Eat right before heading out. Bread and other grains, apples, and bananas are all good choices. Avoid anything greasy or acidic.
Step 4: Position yourself where motion is less noticeable Find a spot on board where motion is least noticeable, such as the inner-middle part of the boat.
TIP: A window can help put the rocking motion into perspective but can also worsen the feelings of nausea as more objects are moving.
Step 5: Stare into the horizon Focus on the horizon and scenery rather than the water or the movement of the boat. If you feel queasy, stand; sitting or lying down can increase nausea.
Step 6: Eat hard candy Suck on hard candy or eat dry crackers to help keep nausea in check.
FACT: Did you know? Some people who take long cruises suffer "landsickness" for a few days after their trip as their body readjusts to being on firm ground.