Tips to Avoid Seasickness
No one likes being seasick. Follow these tips so that you can have a great trip on board DAWN II.
Motion sickness develops when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from the other systems in your body, including your inner ear, eyes, and muscles, about your balance and equilibrium. Seasickness is not a virus and therefore you cannot catch it. Motion sickness is usually just a minor sense of queasiness and does not feel like a serious medical illness.
Prevention is certainly better than cure. While on board avoid activities such as reading a book, doing detailed work or staring at one point. Your peripheral vision is an important factor, keep it out on the horizon, but do not visually lock on to it. Eat very lightly and avoid fatty or spicy foods. Try to stay relaxed and comfortable. Do not travel while intoxicated or while recovering from a hangover.
We do not endorse or suggest any particular product or remedy but you may find that one or more of the following will help to minimize the impact of seasickness. Remember to read the directions - most medications must be taken 1 hour PRIOR to the departure.
- Antihistamines are among the most commonly used medications to reduce the symptoms of motion sickness, as they block motion signals to the brain.
- Antiemetics such as Bonine, once-a-day chewable travel tablet are over-the-counter medications that help relieve nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness.
- Dimenhydrinate prevents nausea, vomiting or dizziness related to motion sickness.
- Dramamine or Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula (sold locally at Big Rock Supermarket and Sea Saba)
- Tryptone (sold locally at Saba Divers and Sea Saba)
- Gravol (sold locally at the A. M. Edwards Medical Center or in Canada)
- Diphenhydramine (such as Benadryl).
- Scopolamine is available in a patch called Transderm Scop or in a pill called Scopace by prescription, which prevents nausea and vomiting by blocking signals from the inner ear to the brain.
- Sea-Bands is a knitted elasticized wristband, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. (sold locally at Sea Saba).
- Ginger is reported to have a beneficial effect. You can enjoy ginger lozenges, flat ginger ale, ginger tea, or just a thin slice kept under the tongue. Ginger tablets can also be found locally at Sea Saba.
- Peppermint is also reported to help ease effects.
You will find grey seasickness bags on your seat for use in the unfortunate event you are feeling sick while on board.
We hope that you are comfortable and enjoy your travels onboard.