Being at sea is a wonderful feeling. The salty sea air, the crisp breezes, the warm sun, the gentle bob of the ship on the water. Unfortunately, the movement of a boat upon the water can often cause unpleasant seasickness for its passengers. If you never experience seasickness, count yourself lucky. If you’re prone to seasickness, or have little experience on the water, read up below on some tips we’ve compiled to help keep you from feeling quite so green.
1. Try to sit in a forward-facing seat.
While sailing on a yacht, you will have a plethora of fun seating options. While it may be fun to try these out, a seat which faces in the direction the boat is moving will help keep your stomach more settled.
2. Keep your eyes on a fixed point.
If possible, try and keep your gaze locked on a fixed point. While on a boat, this will likely be a distant shore line. If far out at sea, looking at the horizon is another option.
3. Grab some over-the-counter medicine.
There are several different types of motion sickness medicine available over-the-counter, and these work well for some individuals. You can consult your doctor, particularly if you have especially severe sea sickness.
4. Avoid heavy meals.
Keep your belly (and you) on an even keel by avoiding heavy foods before travelling by sea.
5. Try gum or chews (especially ginger).
The repeated motion of chewing gum is a good method for helping with seasickness, and ginger in any form is a natural remedy for nausea.
6. Don’t drink alcohol.
Drinking alcohol can greatly contribute to an unwell feeling, magnifying nausea and increasing dizziness. It is best avoided while on a boat. Instead, drink water.
If none of these tips work for you, there is still good news! Many people become acclimated to water travel and their seasickness is cured naturally over time.