Are you planning on taking a cruise to a sunny island or some other exotic location in the future? The last thing you want is for your idyllic trip to be interrupted by a bout of seasickness. Although seasickness is less common due to the enormous size of the cruise liners these days, it does happen and when it does it can ruin a perfectly planned trip. Here are some steps you can take to prevent seasickness before it ruins your next cruise.
How to prevent seasickness – Choose your travel time
If you’re susceptible to seasickness, be careful when you book your cruise. The chances of becoming ill go up if you book your trip during hurricane season when you can be subject to rough waters. All of the storm related bouncing and gyrations of the ship can make even those with iron stomachs a bit nauseous.
How to prevent seasickness – Change your positioning
If rough waters do arise, a simple step you can take to reduce the nausea is to move to the center of the ship. You get tossed around much more when you’re standing or sitting at either end. Stay away from those areas whenever possible. Another trick is to position yourself on the ship so you can see the horizon. This gives your brain a vantage point so it knows you’re moving and send out the proper signals to your body. The cool, fresh air can also help nausea
How to prevent seasickness – Helpful aids
Another natural way to prevent seasickness is to apply pressure to the P6 accupressure point located just above your wrist. Applying firm pressure here has been shown in several studies to reduce the incidence of motion related nausea. You can buy wristbands that automatically apply pressure to this region for you. They can be found online by doing a search for “motion sickness bracelet”. These are handy little devices to keep in your suitcase, just in case.
As far as medications, you can buy over-the-counter motion sickness pills to prevent seasickness at your local drugstore. These work well, although they can cause drowsiness which isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you’re nauseous. Two of the most common are Antivert and Dramamine. Antivert is less likely to cause drowsiness than is Dramamine. If you’d like to try the natural route, some people swear by chewing on ginger candy or sipping ginger tea. Some studies have shown that ginger is effective at preventing seasickness symptoms, although it doesn’t appear to work for everyone.
The real key to preventing seasickness is to board the ship prepared for the worst. Take along a motion sickness bracelet, some ginger candy, and a drugstore motion sickness pill. This will give you several options should a problem arise and may ensure that your carefully planned trip isn’t ruined.