10 tips for fighting seasickness
Updated: Jan 17
If you enjoy cruising on a pleasure boat, but often get seasick, there are a number of solutions to this problem.
1. Don't become cold
Some people (25-30% of sailors) are prone to seasickness on an occasional or permanent basis. This sensation results in dizziness, nausea and often leads to vomiting.
Thus, it is important to know that during yacht, sailboat or catamaran cruises, the cold favours naupathy. As a preventive measure, it is therefore advisable to keep warm and avoid getting cold, whatever the length of the cruise. If the weather is fine, you can of course enjoy the sun in a swimsuit. On the other hand, if there is a lot of wind and the temperature drops, it is always better to cover up properly, although you should also avoid getting too hot.
2. Hydrate regularly
During your cruises, thirst can also cause seasickness. It is therefore strongly recommended that you drink water frequently during your sea voyage, so that you do not become dehydrated from wind, sun and sea spray, among other things. Drink cool drinks in small sips, but on a regular basis, bearing in mind that alcoholic and caffeinated drinks are not recommended.
3. Avoid tobacco and alcohol
If you often get seasick, don't forget that tobacco and alcohol consumption is absolutely forbidden. Smoking or drinking an alcoholic beverage can amplify your problem, increasing nausea, vomiting, etc.
4. Do not sail on an empty stomach
Having an empty stomach makes some people seasick. The solution is to eat light meals regularly while sailing. Dry biscuits and crackers as well as sucking ginger are the best solutions. High-fat foods, which are not easy to digest, are not recommended.
5. Remain calm and serene
If you are planning to travel by boat for a few days, but are afraid of seasickness, the best advice we can give you is to ask if you can helm. If not possible keep on looking to steady horizon or land.
6. Stay on the back of the yacht. Stay outside, avoid going inside.
Instability and movement caused by waves are the main factors that can cause seasickness. For this reason, people suffering from naupathy should position themselves in the area of the boat where the swaying is least noticeable. If possible, choose a well-ventilated and ventilated area.
7. Do not read
During a yacht cruise, people prone to seasickness should not indulge in reading. When combined with the motion of the boat, this activity can cause dizziness and vomiting in some people. The same applies to video games, which can have the same effects as reading.
8. Fixing the horizon
Fixing the horizon to occupy one's mind and calm down sometimes proves to be effective in fighting seasickness. It should also be noted that this trick is also valid to avoid kinetosis in the car.
9. Start your cruise rested well
For people who are not used to boating, naps are often recommended during the cruise. Fatigue can cause or aggravate seasickness during the cruise. To avoid this bad sensation, it is therefore recommended to rest well before and during the yacht trip.
10. Take the appropriate medication
If you want to get the most out of your cruise and avoid seasickness, the pharmaceutical solution has also been shown to be effective. These include antihistamines, antiemetics, patches, etc. The best thing to do, however, is to make an appointment with your doctor for a prescription adapted to your case.