It doesn’t take long for motion sickness to completely ruin a boating experience. Whether it’s you or someone else on the boat, nobody wants to deal with nausea, vomiting, headaches, and cold sweats. Now for the million dollar question: Is there really an effective way to prevent motion sickness in the first place?

Here are five strategies worth considering, as referenced by Everyday Health:

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Be well-rested

Believe it or not, feeling exhausted leaves you susceptible to factors that often cause seasickness. That’s why it’s a good idea to take it easy the night before your trip. In addition, drink lots of water and avoid having much alcohol.

Take antiemetic drugs

Over-the-counter drugs such as Bonine and Dramamine work by counteracting the effect of chemicals released by the brain during seasickness. If you have a boating trip coming up and are interested in antiemetic drugs, talk with your doctor. Just keep in mind that antihistamines such as the aforementioned Bonine and Dramamine can cause drowsiness, dry mouth, and even dry eyes.

Get fresh air

If you start to experience motion sickness symptoms, don’t panic. Instead, find an open deck and look toward the horizon. As explained in the article, this “helps your eyes see the motion, which will then send signals to the brain more in alignment with what the inner ear is telling the brain.”

You may also find fresh air beneficial. Our best piece of advice with this point is to focus on something other than the boat’s motion.

Avoid getting on the boat hungry

Some passengers make the mistake of getting on a boat hungry. Frankly, having some food in your stomach prior to heading out on the water is ideal. Just don’t overeat!

Here at Marine Customs in South Florida, we recommend light snacks such as saltine crackers, plain bread, or pretzels. You may also want to have some peppermint onboard, as it may have calming effects on the stomach. Our boat decking experts recommend reading ‘Snacks to Bring on a Boat’ for more information.

Avoid stimuli that trigger nausea

A number of factors can trigger nausea. Greasy foods, spicy foods, acidic foods, and large meals, in general, are definite no-nos several hours prior to boating. Steer clear of alcohol as well because it speeds up dehydration and may lower your body’s resistance to motion sickness.

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Now that you have some good strategies for preventing seasickness, take a long look at your boat’s flooring. Is it ready for yet another boating adventure with friends and family? If not, then you may want to invest in non-skid decking products.

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