If there’s one thing guaranteed to put a dampener on your holiday, it’s getting seasick. Whether you’re boarding your first ever cruise or you’ve been taking to the seas for years, some of us are more prone to the awful queasiness than others.
Motion sickness is often caused when your body is unbalanced in a moving vessel, with the movement of the ship causing a sensory mismatch and leading to nausea. It can strike suddenly and make you break out in a cold sweat or cause dizziness and vomiting. However, you can often help or even completely prevent it by planning ahead.
If you’re planning a cruise and are worried you might experience nausea, here are several ways to avoid seasickness:
If you want to start your trip off on the right foot, it’s best to avoid a heavy meal right before you depart, however travelling on an empty stomach can also make you more susceptible to seasickness. Instead – to help ease your stomach – have a light snack a few hours before you depart and remember to continue snacking throughout the cruise.
If you’re prone to motion sickness, it’s best to avoid spicy and greasy foods, as well as alcohol. Meanwhile, it’s also important to drink plenty of water before and during the cruise — dehydration can trigger seasickness or make it a lot worse.
Ginger is a popular natural remedy commonly used to treat nausea. While it’s not known exactly how it works, some experts suspect that certain chemicals found in the root may work in a similar way to anti-nausea medications. If you want to give it a go, try adding fresh, dried or powdered ginger to some hot water. Keep in mind you may need to limit your ginger intake if you’re prone to low blood pressure or low blood sugar – or if you’re taking blood thinners.
If you’re prone to motion sickness or nausea, focus on the horizon or on a distant, stationary object to reorient yourself — this helps to train the brain to stop the sickly feeling. It’s also important to avoid reading books or watching television screens as this might bring on nausea.
Try choosing a cabin where you will experience the least motion. Ships tend to roll from side to side, so the centre of the ship is supposedly where you’ll feel the least amount of movement. Avoid cabins that are at either end of the ship or directly below major public areas, if possible.