5 ways to beat seasickness on your next cruise

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If there's one thing that will kill your vacation vibe quicker than a delayed flight can ruin your plans, it's getting seasick the first night on a cruise. It happens to a lot of people, and the cure for motion sickness is different for everyone.

First off, what is seasickness? According to WebMD, which classifies it as the same thing as motion sickness, you can expect symptoms like nausea, headaches, sweating, and vomiting. Dizziness and cold sweats are also associated with strong bouts of motion sickness.

Lucky for the weak-stomached of the world, cruise ships are often large enough to avoid the expected "rocking" motion that comes with a boat ride. Without the constant reminder that, yes, you are rolling about on the sea, your inner ear is confused into thinking you're on solid ground. Massive cruise ships also come with built-in stabilizers that react to choppier seas by balancing out the waves for an easier ride. Now, hit an extra bad patch of weather, and all bets are off — just as turbulence irritates motion sickness on an airplane or a particularly bumpy road would bring about car sickness.

There are a couple of things you can do to combat seasickness. Read on and learn:

Choose your cabin wisely.

In an interview with Yahoo, Susan Suver — who manages medical operations at Holland America Line — shared that the location of your cabin is key. "The more towards the middle of the ship, the better," Suver said. "You’ll feel more stable. If you have a tendency to get seasick, avoid cabins the farthest aft [rear] or the farthest forward."

Take medication.

There are some over-the-counter options out there for those looking to kick seasickness symptoms aside. Dramamine and Bonine are both great options for when you know you're going to be hitting some choppy areas. Doctors are also able to prescribe stronger medications, but this requires an office visit — plan accordingly.

Use a motion band.

There are wristbands on the market that utilize acupuncture to relieve the wearer of motion sickness and its symptoms. If you're not a fan of bracelets, there are also patches that can be worn behind the ear to help prevent the side effects of seasickness. Transderm Scop is one of these medications, which requires the wearer to put it on eight hours before they expect their motion sickness to occur. The best part: It lasts up to three days.

Take in the ocean view.

If you find yourself with a bad bout of motion sickness, CruiseCritic.com recommends taking in some fresh air and seaside views to help alleviate your discomfort. The fresh air will help you re-center, and staring at the horizon will help balance your inner ear.

Eat the right things.

There are certain foods that help combat motion sickness. If you start to feel it coming on, LiveStrong.com recommends you reach for one of these:

  • Ginger — Pro tip: Candied ginger is a great vacation snack!
  • Saltine crackers
  • Lemon — Water with a lemon wedge or two will not only help, but it's refreshing.
  • Olives — These little guys help reduce saliva, making it harder to get that pre-vomit salivation.
  • Water
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt

Don't let a little bit of motion sickness keep you from embarking on an ocean adventure. There's plenty you can do before and after motion sickness hits to make sure your vacation goes according to plan.

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