10 Tips for Preventing Sea Sickness

Avoid sea sickness by keeping the horizon in view, but don’t stare at it
Avoid sea sickness by keeping the horizon in view, but don’t stare at it
  1. Don’t drink caffeine for at least 24 hours before getting on the boat, or on the boat. If you have a high intake of caffeine you may temporarily suffer with a headache, which you won’t want if you’re feeling seasick

  2. Don’t eat greasy, heavy and acidic foods, but do eat something light an hour before the boat leaves so your stomach has something to process. Be wary of dressings on salads as they often contain vinegar, which is acidic and also fruit juices. If it’s breakfast simple foods such as cereals and porridge are much better than a traditional English fry-up. Ginger is also good at preventing sea sickness and will act as a remedy and comes in several forms, including biscuits or cookies

  3. Avoid alcohol the night before getting on the boat and once on the boat. If you are on a cruise it’s a good idea to wait until you get your "sea legs" before taking on alcohol, caffeine or acidic drinks

  4. A good night’s sleep before a boat trip will help. It’s difficult if you’re anxious about being sea sick, but it will help. Try to arrive at the boat relaxed and looking forward to the trip rather than dreading it

  5. Once on the boat stay in a spot with plenty of fresh air and shade but make sure you don’t get too hot and take frequent sips of water to avoid dehydration and on long trips or cruises eat light snacks rather than get hungry

  6. Consider alternative therapies such as hypnotism, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). EFT in particular will help before you get on the boat and you will have a technique for dealing with sea sickness if it strikes when on the boat To find a professional hypnotherapist in your area search www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk.
  7. Stay as far away from diesel and exhaust fumes as possible, and if you are on a smaller boat avoid leaving the engine running unnecessarily, particularly when stationery as the exhaust fumes tend to come back into the boat

  8. If you are on a fishing trip or sailing prepare your equipment preferably on shore or on board before setting off, thereby reducing the amount of time spent below deck or searching in lockers, where you can’t see and anticipate the boat’s movements. Don’t forget that the boat will move even when stationary, particularly if people and equipment is being loaded at the same time and concentrating on loading a boat can start the onset of sea sickness. If you do have to go below don’t get sidetracked, and if possible ask someone else to go

  9. If you are sailing running, with the wind coming from behind the boat, is most likely to cause sea sickness as this point of sailing has by far the greatest rolling action. Instead sail a broad reach, which will take longer but will be more comfortable

  10. Once underway don’t read, use binoculars or cameras for any great length of time and try to keep the horizon in sight, but don’t concentrate or stare at it. Avoid staring at things that your brain would consider normally stable, such as walls and furniture