6 Tips on How to Prevent Seasickness
When you are heading off to explore the beautiful Ningaloo Reef and swim with the whale sharks, the last thing you want to ruin your day is seasickness.
While it may surprise you, seasickness isn’t just something that affects those of us who haven’t quite gotten our sea legs yet. Yes, even the most experienced sailors still experience seasickness from time to time.
Out on our boat, we will be journeying into the open ocean, so there is every chance that we may encounter some level of swell. However, we want you to have an incredible experience with us, and that experience shouldn’t include losing your lunch over the side of the boat.
So, what can you do to reduce your chances of seasickness?
Here are six of the best ways in which you can reduce your risk of seasickness.
1. Look to the horizon
One reason people experience seasickness comes down to a disconnect between what your eyes are seeing and what your brain is thinking. While your eyes may believe that everything on the boat is relatively still, your inner ear wants to believe you are moving. Add all of this together, and you have yourself one seriously confused brain trying to figure things out.
If you want to counteract this disconnect, looking to the horizon gives your brain an accurate point of reference.
2. Fresh air
Seasickness often occurs more commonly to people below deck. Fortunately, there is plenty of fresh water on our boat when we are out on open water. If you are feeling seasick, some fresh air never hurts. Even the feeling of fresh air can help you with your seasickness. Focusing on the feeling of fresh air blowing across your face will help you take your mind off the motion that is making you feel nauseous.
3. Ask your doctor about anti-nausea medication
If you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, we strongly recommend you speak with your doctor about anti-nausea medication before we set off to explore Ningaloo Reef. Pro tip: try and take your anti-nausea meditation 30 minutes before getting on the boat.
Remember: anti-nausea medication has come a long way in recent years, and your doctor may recommend a combination of tablets and patches. Make sure you only take the anti-nausea medication recommended by your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Rest up and stay hydrated
We know you might be too excited about your upcoming adventure to sleep, but ensuring you are well rested is a fantastic way to reduce how susceptible you may be to seasickness.
There are plenty of things to get excited about once you are out in the water. However, make sure you save your energy, rest up, and drink plenty of water before setting off.
While out on the boat and in the water, you’ll be spending plenty of time in the sun. That’s why staying hydrated is so important.
Bonus tip: avoiding alcohol the day before your trip and not being hungover also helps.
5. Keep it bland
In the unfortunate event that you do start feeling slight seasickness, the best foods to eat are the most boring. Try and stick to things like pretzels, crackers, and plain bread.
If the thought of all that bland, dry food is making your mouth water, it is also a good idea to sip some ginger ale. Ginger is a fantastic natural remedy for seasickness.
6. Motion sickness bands (sea bands)
While the jury is still out on the science behind motion sickness bands, some people swear by them. And when it comes to preventing seasickness, everything is worth a shot, right?
Motion sickness bands (or sea bands) are bracelets that place pressure on acupressure points with plastic studs. This pressure is meant to minimise and relieve vomiting and nausea.
Have you got questions about an upcoming tour? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!