So here are some helpful tips to keep you feeling your best while underway:
- Avoid large meals before getting underway. It’s best to eat a small meal (or a snack of plain food like crackers) before departure so your stomach is settled but not empty.
- Stay hydrated but don’t go overboard: avoid drinking excessive amounts of liquid (carbonated drinks and strong coffee can be especially upsetting for the stomach).
- Excessive heat can sometimes trigger seasickness. When possible, try to find a shady spot on the vessel where you can rest and feel cooled by the sea breeze. And, always wear a hat.
- Strong smells can make you feel ill even if you’re on land. Try to stay clear of coming into contact with the smell of diesel or other fuel.
- Having anxious thoughts about seasickness can make matters worse. If you’re worried you’ll get sick, try to kep your mind occupied with games or talk with your friends.
- If you rest in your berth below deck while underway, close your eyes and keep your head stationary.
- Avoid reading or staring at your phone for too long. Those are two well-known ways to trigger nausea.
- Don’t go below deck. Or, if you must go, stay for as short a time as possible and come back above deck and fix your eyes on one point in the horizon.
- Just like with car sickness, it often helps if you’re the one doing the driving. If possible, take the helm.