Effective Seasickness Remedies

Almost all of us have experienced it; that terrible feeling of unwellness that overcomes us when traveling the rough (or not so rough for some!) seas. Luckily for all, there are some effective remedies out there. Asking around, everyone has an opinion, what works for them and what doesn’t. The key to treating seasickness is finding which remedy works best for you, and taking it at the right time to maximize its effectiveness. No matter which method you choose, the key to successfully curbing seasickness is to treat it BEFORE you hit the high seas! Whether its Dramamine, Scopolamine patches, Gravol or ginger candies, taking it early can decrease the feeling of seasickness to various degrees.

Embarking on an Antarctic trip through the Drake Passage is a true test of the effectiveness of your chosen remedy and is definitely the time to make sure you are properly prepared ahead of time for a bout of seasickness. Nicknamed the “Drake Shake”, this stretch of open water has been known to turn the tummies of even the most experienced seafarers. For this test of “man vs sea”, most cruise personnel, when asked, would recommend the Scopolamine patches. Easy to use, Scopolamine patches are most effective when placed behind the ear 4 hours prior to exposure to rough seas. As with other seasickness treatments, there are a few minimal side effects, most notably drowsiness. But when given the choice when going through a passage such as the “Drake Shake”, being temporarily drowsy certainly beats the terrible battle with nausea and vomiting that can linger for hours and hours.

No matter what remedy you choose to combat the discomfort of seasickness, the key to maximizing your enjoyment cruising the open ocean is being prepared ahead of time!