Before I started cruising I had many excuses not go on one, but my strongest argument was that I get nauseous easily. That reasoning stand, I do get nauseous easy, while riding on cars, planes, roller coasters etc. However, I have yet to get sick on a cruise ship. That is quite surprising, especially when considering that I have been rough seas with 20 foot waves. The way I avoid getting sick is traveling with an arsenal of different remedies to have on my disposal.
Here are the ones that I use more often.
This is my number one go to item, mainly because there are no side effects. The great thing about this product is that it also helps the symptoms go down after they started. They improved my mom’s condition quickly. At a price around $12, it is a must on our medicine bag.
Another no side effect, and immediate relief product that has worked for us are these sea bands. Now don’t ask me how, but for some reason those pressure points really do work. As a matter of fact, my mom won’t board a ship unless she is wearing a pair. I usually only wear them if the ship is going into rough seas.
When it comes to actual medicine, I have found that most of them make you drowsy. Bonine tends to be the one that makes me the least drowsy. I can take a few of them, and still go with my day. They are also very convenient to take as they are chewable tablets that dissolve quickly.
#4 Scopolamine Patch
We have never to use these, but we carry them in our bag just in case of an emergency. Although now that I think about it, they must be expired by now. Just keep in mind that you need a prescription to purchase them. And most people claim heavy side effects from them. None the less, we have seen people wearing them on every cruise.
Tips to avoid getting sick.
- Some people recommend getting a cabin in the middle of the ship, and as low as possible. The ship tends to feel more stable there.
- If you do get sick, keep your eyes focused on the horizon.
- Try to eat something, even if you’re sick. The quicker you get food in the stomach, the faster you can start feeling better.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Fresh air might also help you feel better.
The main point to remember is that not one product works the same for everyone. You might want to try a few different products, and find which one the ideal one for your family. We found that traveling with those few items decreases our chance of feeling sick while on vacation. Which is definitely something you want to avoid.
Happy cruising folks 🙂