Does your stomach get queasy just at the thought of being at sea? Don’t worry; you don’t need to restrict yourself to land adventures. Read on to learn a number of strategies for tackling seasickness, ranging from home remedies to medications to other stomach-easing activities.
1. Move to a stable part of the ship. If the cruise ship is experiencing rough seas and you find yourself unsteady on your feet, avoid unnecessary walking and sit and relax in one of the lounges on a lower deck in the middle of the ship. This is the most stable part of the ship in a roll (see my post about the best spot on a cruise ship for seasickness sufferers for more on this). Don’t worry, restrooms will be a short sprint away and the captain will soon steer the ship to calmer waters.
2. Focus your eyes on the right targets. The rocking motion of the ship can throw off your natural balance and visual orientation. Don’t focus on near objects; instead look out at the horizon, across the room or at the end of the hallway to steady your center of gravity. Don’t look at the rolling waves and stay away from the sloshing water in the pool. Reading sometimes exacerbates symptoms as your eyes have to make more frequent adjustments to track horizontally across the page. Sitting on deck in the fresh air is a good idea but don’t try and read. Look out beyond the waves to the horizon.
3. Keep your mind busy and distract yourself. When my son was small he used to get a little queasy on his grandfather’s boat until he was allowed to take the wheel and help steer the boat. The cruise ship captain will not be as accommodating but you could listen to music, watch a movie, do your laundry or better yet, converse with fellow passengers in the lounge or get a spa treatment. The cruise staff will have plenty of activities that you can take part in including games and lectures.
4. Eat with caution. This is not the time to try out the delicacies on the buffet. Eat lightly and choose bland foods. Avoid any food that might upset your stomach including heavy, greasy or spicy foods.
5. Drink liquids to stay hydrated. Sipping peppermint tea can help reduce the stomach tightening associated with nausea. Sport drinks can help replace lost electrolytes. Water, apple juice, decaffeinated tea and flat ginger ale are good choices also. Avoid carbonated drinks as they can contribute to intestinal gas. Clear liquids are best as they are absorbed and pass through the system with ease and don’t leave residue behind in the digestive system the way cloudy liquids can. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
Remedies For Motion Sickness
6. Natural remedies such as green apples and ginger tablets work well for some passengers. Green apples will be available at the buffet and ginger tablets in the boutique. Chewing on a piece of ginger root can help. Local markets in port are good places to look for it.
7. Avoid taking antihistamines such as Dramamine or Bonine which can make you drowsy and cause you to sleep away your vacation time. If you must take them, look for non-drowsy formulas.
8. Some passengers report relief through the use of wristbands that exert a type of acupressure on points on the wrist.
9. The medical staff in the onboard clinic will have remedies such as tiny patches that are worn behind the ear along with pills and even shots that can be helpful in minimizing nausea.
10. If you feel hungry and have stopped vomiting for several hours, chose foods that are bland and gentle on the digestive system. Foods that help replace lost nutrients due to vomiting or diarrhea episodes such as bananas, clear soup, oatmeal made with water, saltine crackers and dry cereal are good choices. Chances are they will help provide you with needed nourishment but minimize the risk of coming back up.
11. In all cases, it is best to consult your doctor before sailing if you suspect you may get seasick to prevent conflicts with your other medications or conditions.
As you can see, there are many ways to prevent and minimize seasickness, so don’t let it prevent you from cruising nor ruin your sea days!
Have you even been seasick on a ship? Which remedies have you found to be effective?