You just never know when you are going to get seasick. There are even people that spend plenty of time out on the high seas and they still get sick once in a great while. There are also people that get sick every time that they go. The reason behind the inconsistency is that there are a lot of factors that can contribute to seasickness. Motion sickness in general is when your senses are not quite matching up with what is actually going on.

One example of this is when you are on a boat, cooking, and you are hitting rough seas. You see, smell, and taste the food. But, your mind and body are still dealing with the fact that you are trucking through the ocean. This can cause the nausea and seasickness that so many people experience. Obviously this is just one example of many things that could cause the sickness, but you get the point that I am trying to get across.

Obviously it is going to be a lot easier to wait out your seasickness if you are on a small boat that is going to harbor that same day. But, those that are in the middle of the ocean need some tips in order to deal with their seasickness until they can get to a harbor and get the necessary help, or until the seas start to calm down. That could take days. Here are some tips that we thought could help.

It’s A Mental Game!

Believe it or not, a lot of being seasick is just mental. People assume that they are going to get sick, so they get sick. If you are an optimistic person that keeps telling themselves I won’t get seasick, the odds of you not getting seasick are going to greatly improve.

The Horizon Is Your Friend!

One trick that I learned a long time ago was to look at the horizon. By focusing on a fixed point straight ahead that isn’t moving, you are able to distract yourself from the sickness and keep your mind occupied.

Other Sick People

Try not to be around other people that you know get sick or that have already gotten sick during your trip. It is a proven fact that people who are around other people that are sick on ships are much more likely to get sick themselves.

Eating Right

You want to watch what you put into your body as well right before the trip and during your sea journey. Crackers are a good choice along with bread for things that should keep your stomach as settled as possible. Also don’t consume alcohol. Some people think it might take your mind off of things, but it will only make things worse.


Ginger turns out to be one of the best choices you can make for motion sickness in general. You can easily make a tea out of it that you can take with you and drink during your adventure on the high seas.

Over The Counter Drugs

There are quite a few over the counter drugs that you can use in order to prevent motion sickness. Remember though, you should still read up on the side effects of some of these medications, as they can on occasion be worse than what is being treated. If you have any specific questions, be sure to ask your doctor.


Some people are able to sleep through their seasickness, but that is a task that is not easily accomplished. Most of the people that get nausea and sick while on a boat are not going to be able to fall asleep any time soon.

Wrist Bands or Patches

There are wrist bands that you can get that use acupressure technology in order to stop your body from registering the sickness in the first place. The patch can do the same thing, although the patch uses medication that absorbs through your skin.

Eyes Closed

A lot of experts and doctors believe that if you close your eyes, you are much better off. They believe that if your eyes are open, that is just one of many mixed signals that your body is going to get that will throw it into seasickness.

Don’t Read Or Use Computers

This is one of the easiest ways to get sick while out at sea, by looking at a screen of any sort or reading. This is because you will really throw of your mind and body with too many mixed signals. Your mind is reading while your body feels like it is traveling, the two just don’t add up.


Hammocks are a great way to get a lot of motion on the boat out of the way. But, you may not be able to find one. This is why it is a rare solution for your problem. But, on the off chance that you do, they are very useful. It cancels out a lot of the motion of the boat, and you should feel loads better.

The Middle

One of the best ways to ensure you have less chances of getting sick is by staying as close as you can to the middle of the ship. If you get sick easily, the back and front of the boat should be avoided.

Occupy Your Mind

One of the my favorite tips for people is to occupy their mind. If you are busy doing something that you label as important, you would be shocked at how easily you can block out the chance of being seasick.

Take It Easy

Lying down on your back is a great way to give yourself a break from the stress of trying not to get sick. It is also said that this is the way to not let the histamines reach your brain.

Go With The Waves

A lot of the time people tend to fight the way the boat swings, basically making it even harder for the body to glide with the ship as it encounters rugged waters. If you let yourself go with the ships movements, it should help.

See A Doctor

Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t actually get seasick. There could be any number of things that cause your sickness that are not related to motion sickness. Food allergies or other stuff like that could easily be misconstrued as seasickness. Talk with your doc and see what you guys can come up with that may be causing your problem.

Ear Cleanings

It may sound weird to the average person, but wax build up in the ears is said to lead to the motion sickness. Plus, it is better to keep your ears clean anyways, so might as well add it to the tip list.

Don’t Be Congested

If you already have a stuff nose or are all plugged up in your sinuses, you are going to increase the chance of yourself getting seasick. Therefore do what you can to ensure that is not an issue when it comes time to travel.

Rest up!

Last but not least, make sure that you have enough rest before you take the trip that you will be taking. This is not only good to help prevent seasickness, but you are going to need rest anyways to have a number of things go the right way.