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The Top 5 Ways to Avoid Seasickness

Motion sickness is one of the few unenjoyable aspects of travelling that afflicts some people. In particular, seasickness is something you wouldn't want to wish upon anyone. Our friends at GAP Adventures have put together this list of the 5 best ways to avoid getting seasick.

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While most people enjoy rolling waves and falling asleep on a boat to the sounds of the sea, not everyone has such an easy time adjusting to life aboard a boat. To help those who are a little weary of leaving dry land, we've assembled a helpful Top 5 list of ways to avoid getting seasick. These methods are tried and true, and have either been suggested by skippers and captains or have been used by our own staff.

Keep in mind that ultimately people get seasick because their brains is confused about the movement of their surroundings. Dizziness and nausea are sure signs of potential seasickness, but should you be so unlucky to get seasick, the good news is it usually passes in 2-3 days, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your trip. Who wants to risk that though? Be in the know and check out our seasick avoidance list!

#5 Don't have a liquid stomach
Drinking water is important, but you don't want a sloshy stomach full of exotic drinks if seasickness is on the way. Make sure you've got a solid stomach full of food, not just water. Be sure to avoid items that may disrupt a stable stomach such as very spicy dishes or foods high in fat.

#4 Avoid closed spaces and being below deck
Spending lengths of time 'below deck' in your room or other confined spaces is a big no-no. This does not help your brain solve the motion confusion issue, and can speed up the symptoms of seasickness. Instead, make sure you have a window or porthole view where you can stare out at the horizon.

#3 Take seasickness medication
If you're not sure how you will react to being on the sea, or expect to encounter rough waters, then preventative medications can be a big help. Scopolamine comes in pill or patch form and is highly effective for most people. It is generally only available by prescription. Some other over the counter options include Dramamine. Be sure to check with a doctor to see what is best for you! (If you prefer the herbal, natural remedy - chew on some ginger!)

#2 Wear an acupressure wristband
Yes, those wristbands can actually help relieve one of the symptoms of seasickness - nausea. A pressure point near your wrist, on the underside of your arm (close to where most people wear watches) is the ideal spot. By applying some pressure to this area, many people have claimed to avoid sea sickness with the help of such wrist bands.

#1 Keep busy and moving
Get involved and get active as much as you can. Keeping your mind busy with other tasks is one of the best ways to avoid seasickness. Depending on the boat or ship you're on, this can mean helping to set sails or steering the yacht, walking around on deck and getting some fresh air, checking in with the captain and learning to plot a course or even just staring out into the sea looking for dolphins, birds or whales. As long as you're not reading or doing a similar activity where your eyes are 'fixed' in one area, virtually any activity is beneficial.

There are plenty of other home remedies to seasickness that people claim to work, but these are some of the most common ways to avoid the onset of seasickness.