Woman hunched over by the water

Chances are, if you love boating, you probably don’t deal with seasickness very often. But bringing on friends, family, or other loved ones means you might be dealing with a fellow passenger who doesn’t feel so good. Keep these tips handy so you can help them enjoy their day on the water. 

How to Not Get Seasick 

Try out these remedies – or a combination of them – to see what works best for you! Remember, everyone is different so what works best for one person may not work as well for you. Keep trying! 

  • Eat Something Small

Believe it or not, the last thing you want when you’re dealing with seasickness is an empty stomach. The tried and true snacks for nausea – saltine crackers, bread, and ginger ale – still do the trick. Eat little bites and take small sips to make sure your system doesn’t get overwhelmed. 

  • Get Plenty of Zzzs Before Boating

Being tired while you’re on a boat can make your body more susceptible to motion sickness. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep or even take a nap before you board!

  • Soak Up Some Fresh Air 

It might seem counterintuitive, but breathing in fresh air and looking towards the horizon can decrease motion sickness on a boat. This also means putting down distractions including your phone or book to help your eyes, ears, and brain reorient themselves. 

  • Sport an Acupuncture Bracelet

These wristbands target specific pressure points in the wrist to relieve and prevent seasickness. These can be especially effective if you’re prone to nausea. Look for these bracelets or bands at your local pharmacy.

  • Try Antihistamine Medications

Dramamine, Bonnie, and Benadryl can help prevent motion sickness on a boat. These medications can decrease negative symptoms by helping out the brain chemicals released during seasickness. For optimal results, take your recommended dosage before boarding. Talk to your doctor before trying these medications.

  • Stick to the Center of the Boat 

The boat’s center sees the least amount of swaying movement, so that’s the place to perch if you’re not feeling well. If you need a break from looking out at the horizon, try lying back and closing your eyes.

  • Limit Alcohol 

Watching how much alcohol you drink can help you manage your boating experience better. If you choose to enjoy a drink or two, make sure to have plenty of water on hand so you can rehydrate yourself throughout the day. 

  • Plan Your Trip Accordingly

When you know your friend or family member suffers from seasickness, encourage them out on the water on a calmer day. If the weather turns and the waves get choppy, bring them back to shore. The last thing you want is for them to have a negative experience aboard your boat! 

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