It’s not easy being green.Kermit the Frog
When you have spent days, weeks, even months excited about your upcoming snorkel trips or humpback whale watching aboard your very own private charter boat tour in Maui the last thing you want is to spend the day seasick. One of the absolute worst feelings on the planet: being stuck on a ride you cannot get off of when you are sick as a dog. Being carsick is horrible, but at least you can pull over, get out, and walk around. Stuck on a boat and seasick is utterly miserable because until you get back to land you are indeed stuck.
We put together some proven useful tips to avoid seasickness and make your day at sea as fun as possible, the more of them you use in combination the better your results.
Best Tips Ever to Avoid Getting Seasick
The Night Before:
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Avoid caffeine if you can live without your coffee.
- NO alcohol the night before your boating excursion! If you can abstain from alcohol the entire day before, even better.
- Do not eat spicy, greasy, or acidic food at dinner or after.
- Build up antiemetic or scopolamine drugs such as Bonine, Dramamine, (some require physician prescription – follow doctor’s orders) in your system 12-24 hours prior.
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour and get a good night’s sleep.
The Day Of:
- Eat a good breakfast but remember to keep it non-greasy and on the bland side. It will help quell any acids in the stomach.
- Keep hydrating! And again, avoid coffee if you can survive without it.
- Two hours before you set out to sea take a dose of your Bonine, Dramamine, or antiemetic drug of choice.
- Wear Sea-Bands on both wrists. Available here.
- Don’t look down! Avoid books, electronics screens (cell phones!), and binoculars. Remember, look to the horizon.
- If you feel yucky, stand up and away from noxious odors. As badly as you want to sit or lay down stand as long as you can stand it.
- Look at the horizon! If the boat you are on permits you to be on the bow, hang out there and let the wind and sea air work their magic on making you feel better. If the bow is not permitted, then try to hang out midship where the motion of the ocean is less prevalent.
- Do not go into the room of doom! Anywhere enclosed is the room of doom, but a small bathroom down below deck is the absolute worst place you can be. Stay out in the fresh air.
- Ask your captain to get the boat moving if the boat has been sitting and bobbing for a while (This is one of the great perks of having your own private boat charter!).
- Have some ginger or peppermint candies in your pocket for quick and handy relief.
Seasickness is a complex physiological reaction to motion. Your eyes are telling your brain one thing and your inner ear is telling your brain the opposite. Some people are never affected, which is totally unfair in my opinion, because others seem to suffer the effects to the nth degree. If you are one of the lucky ones, please have empathy for your ill, struggling shipmates. If you are one of the unlucky ones and you have tried all the tips above and still nothing works for you, we only have one piece of advice left to offer: Hang your head over the side of the boat and let ‘er rip LEEWARD!