How to Prevent Sea Sickness on Cruise Ships

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Going on a cruise is a vacation unlike any other, but sea sickness can ruin even the best of trips. Taking measures to avoid sea sickness can help you from missing out on a great trip.

  • Be careful not to eat spicy or acidic foods in the days before you go on the cruise. Avoid alcohol, as well. Eating these foods before your body has to get used to the rolling motion of being on a boat can enhance the effects of--or even cause--sea sickness.

  • Get over-the-counter sea sickness medication like Dramamine or Antivert. Take the medication one to two hours before boarding and be prepared for it to cause some drowsiness.
    There are also sea sickness patches that can be worn behind the ear, and homeopathic remedies such as Trip Ease are available to prevent sea sickness in a more natural way.
    Ginger is an excellent natural remedy for sea sickness; drink ginger ale or eat a ginger sweet to help combat the effects of sea sickness.

  • Avoid reading or watching TV if you do become sick. Drink small sips of water or ginger ale; large gulps will only make sea sickness worse. Sometimes taking a nap or going up to the deck to get fresh air will help reduce sea sickness as well.

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