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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi everyone,

I've always wanted to visit Antarctica but I have a tendency to get seasick. I've heard that the seas between Sounth America and Antarctica are the roughest in the World. Although I really want to go to Antartica, I haven't because I'm petrified that I'll be stuck on a ship and be seasick for a week or two (I can't imagine too many worse things).

Does anyone know what REALLY works to prevent seasickness? The patch? or whatever.

Has anyone visited Antarctica (or know anyone that has)? If so did you (or they) get seasick?

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I spent nearly 9 years in the Royal Navy and have sailed down those parts. The southern oceans are indeed some of the roughest in the world, though my worst experiences where to the north of Scotland and in the Bay of Biscay. As for seasickness - my first time at sea, the first 3 days were flat calm, on the 4th day it was only a little bit choppy and i was sick quite a few times, then after that i rarely suffered for the next 8 years i spent at sea in much rougher waters. It's all about getting your sea legs

Seriously though, there were times when in rough seas i would feel a little nauseous and not want to eat, but things like a bit of toast normally settled the stomach.

Nobody ever used to take tablets to combat the seasickness, but we had all spent time at sea and your body adapts. I would certainly recommend taking tablets with you for going to this part of the world and you have a history of seasickness. Also, i wouldn't let seasickness put you off because it's amazing down there.

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Just a couple of general tips if you feel queasy. Try to get lots of fresh air and not stay below decks and when on the upper deck try to focus on the horizon. Try to stay in the middle of the ship where the motion is less. Don't get drunk, and eat in moderation.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Thanks Dave,

All good advice but somehow I'm also hoping for some magical, new breakthrough that would really prevent it before I even have to worry about staring at the horizon.

Thanks for the encouragement. (I really do want to go).

By the way, I'm jealous that you got to see Northern Pakistan (and the Kyber Pass). Twice I had my Pakistan Visa and had plans but it was too dangerous for an American and I had to change my plans.

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I think most of the tablets etc that are available are pretty good and should make life comfortable for you. Also, might be worth checking what time of year to go, i'm just guessing but i think about October/November is the summer and the seas might be a bit calmer - might be something you can look into!

Ashame you couldn't get to Pakistan, hope things calm down there at some stage and you manage to get there. The north of the country is well worth a bit of time. You seem to have managed to visit a few other places though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I agree but then you could always try the bit of bacon fat on the end of a string...

I took some pills for travel sickness and they do work.

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

BTW, lucky you if you go, its opne of my dreams but waaaay to expensive for me at the moment.
It would be a once in a lifetime...

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I forgot how expensive it is to visit Antarctica. I was so worried about getting seasick that I forgot about the cost.

Also thought I'd mention that yesterday I was taking some pictures of crew (rowing) and I got a little seasick (and I was only standing on the floating dock not even in a boat). Not a good sign.

Let's see: I get seasick easily and have no money (better look for another destination I guess).

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Take along Dramamine (or the equivalent). You may not even need them, but you'll have them if you do.

Every so often I experience "sea-sickness" if I have done a lot of diving. (Comfortable under the surface but miserable on top of it.) I have what are called "Sea Bands". They are elasticized terry cloth bands (like narrow sweat bands) that have a small plastic "dot" (for lack of a better word) on the inside. You place them on your wrists with the plastic piece touching the inside of your wrist. They stimulate a pressure point which helps control the nausea. I have found them effective when I do not have Dramamine at my disposal. They are available at pharmacies and online. They also come with instructions so you know exactly where the plastic piece is suppose to touch.

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Thanks Isadora,

I've heard of those bands but its good to hear that they actually work!