Our Skipper Steve says pretty much everyone has experienced or will experience seasickness at some point in their lives.
Seasickness is essentially a disturbance in your inner ear, the part of your body that controls your sense of balance and equilibrium. If your inner ear gets upset, it can wreak havoc on the rest of your body… hello fatigue, uneasiness, dizziness and vomiting.
Luckily, seasickness is pretty treatable in most cases. If you’re thinking about a Wild Mob trip that will involve boat travel (our journeys can range anywhere from 2–10 hours), take note of these ways to prevent seasickness that have worked for our volunteers in the past. Trust us, it’s better to be safe than seasick!
Note: Everyone reacts differently to seasickness and its treatments. You’ll need to experiment to see which works best for you. If you’ve suffered from severe seasickness before, we recommend having a chat with your doctor.
1. Take seasickness medication
Over-the-counter antiemetic medications or patches can provide great relief from rough seas. There are many out there, so chat to your doctor or pharmacist about which option will best suits your needs.
Steve recommends taking the medication the day before for best results. “It gives the body time to assimilate the medication. On the day of travel, it’s already in your system and you’re really just topping up.
2. Rest up
Get a good night’s sleep before your journey. Exhaustion can make you more susceptible to seasickness woes. It’s also a good idea to avoid heavy drinking and smoking before setting sail.
3. Grab some ginger
Seafarers have sworn by the calming effects of ginger for decades, and studies have suggested the root has a powerful anti-nausea effect. Try ginger tea, ginger ale or Ginger Travel Calm.
4. Have something to nibble
Bland foods like crackers, barley sugars can help to settle an upset stomach.
5. Stay cool
Fresh air, especially wind or aircon blowing on your face, can do wonders if you’re starting to feel unwell.
6. Move to the middle
The middle of the boat is the natural balance point where the ground is most stable. Try and stay as central as you can and look out at the horizon line. This can help the middle ear find equilibrium.
If all else fails…
… and you’re still feeling lousy, it may be time to grab a bucket. You’ll usually feel much better after your body has a chance to evacuate what it thinks might be causing a problem.
Just remember everyone will suffer from seasickness at some point, and it’s really nothing to be ashamed of!
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