Seasick much? Cruise tips for the motion-sickness prone
Jul 18, 2012, 8:22 a.m.
Having to seek motion sickness treatment when you should be having the time of your life aboard a cruise can ruin your vacation. The good news is, there are some measures that you can take before and during a cruise to limit the amount of motion sickness you experience. Here are three of the most helpful tips for avoiding motion sickness when sailing the high seas.
- See your doctor ahead of time. If you're prone to experiencing carsickness, there's a high likelihood that you may experience seasickness as well. But don't accept this as a fact of life. There are a number of medications that are available to help you, from over-the-counter Dramamine to prescription meds that can take orally, or wear as a patch behind your ear. Depending on your health, your doctor will know what medications are best for you.
- Cut back on your food and alcohol intake. This can be a tall order, especially aboard a cruise where food and drink can be found in excess. But overdoing it on either can greatly exacerbate motion sickness.
- Try to book a cabin either as close to the outside of the ship as possible, or one that's located mid-ship. The mid-ship area of a cruise liner experiences the least amount of motion, but a cabin with an outside view could also come in extremely handy since staring into the horizon at a fixed location can help quell bouts of seasickness.
The good news is that you may not need to seek motion sickness treatment. But it never hurts to be prepared and to know what to do when the queasiness strikes. By taking all three of the aforementioned precautions, you'll go far in avoiding the seasickness gremlins. Bon voyage!
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