The one thing I was most nervous about for our cruise vacation was that I was going to get sea sick. I have a bad history of sea sickness and small boats and I thought a cruise ship wouldn’t be any different. It was in many ways but I still took some precautions for avoiding the sickness. From taking some Dramamine to getting on deck for some fresh air, there were many ways I was able to feel good and enjoy my cruise without getting sea sick. Here are a few ways to avoid sea sickness on a cruise.
- Take a Dramamine or Bonine about 30 minutes before leaving port. I found a natural Dramamine that was just a pill of Ginger which didn’t have side effects of drowsiness. I took it before we left port on our first day and it kicked it fairly quickly. I was able to stay up late that evening without getting tired. Plus I dislike taking medication so this was a great option for me.
- Put a dab of peppermint essential oil on your wrist. I brought a small bottle of Doterra Peppermint Essential Oil and ended up using some once we left port on our first day. I simply dabbed a bit on each wrist and took a deep breath of the oil. It helped keep my nerves at bay.
- Wear a Sea Band. Every time we were “cruising” at sea I wore a Sea Band on my wrist. It applies pressure to your wrist in just the right area to avoid nausea. They aren’t too glamorous but they work really well!
- Get some fresh air. If you feel sea sick try getting a little fresh air on deck. We didn’t have a verandah stateroom but my parents did. If my mom ever felt sick she’d simply step outside and enjoy a the fresh air at sea.
- Stay busy! The times I felt sick or anxious I would just try to keep myself busy. Whether that meant walking around the ship or participating in an activity, I kept myself busy.
What are your tips and tricks to avoid sea sickness while on a cruise? Share them with us!