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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

I was reading a blog about Kaikoura in NZ where you can do for the whale watching. It does seem that the seas around here can get quite rough. Now this is the one think that l am SO SO SO looking forward to doing (ie whale watching) but l do suffer something terrible from sea sickness. So what can l do to combat sea sickness - l will try and take anything - herbal, over the counter prescription or indeed alternative options? So anyone got any remedies l can try? (I get so sea sick that when snorkelling in Thailand - l had a life jacket on and because of the bobbing sensation when l was IN the water l got sick and was ill!)

Thanks

Heather

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Yuck, I can sympathise, there's nothing worse than feeling seasick is there?

I wanted to go whale watching when I was in Kaikoura, the sea round there is so full of whales. But they said it was very rough, and much as I wanted to do it, I couldn't put myself through the torture, and chose to stay on dry land!

I'd suggest asking a pharmacist or even a GP. They may be able to recommend something a bit more powerful. I've tried taking ginger tablets and they're not much good if you really suffer.

Staring at the horizon is the only thing that works for me. But then you'll miss the whales! When I went sailing in the whitsundays, it was all I could do for two days- I hated that trip! I'm not saying don't go whale watching, and I'd hate to put you off, but the problem is, if you are trying to concentrate on one point not too far from you (eg a whale), while on a boat bobbing up and down, that could make it worse!

Good Luck
Clara

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I've taken seas sickness tablets, and they seemed to work. However, I was so sick once (not having taken the tablets) that I'd be more than happy watching whales on TV.

4. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Oh, the terrible sea sickness.
You poor think, you can get tablets for it but alot depends on what boat your on, the conditions and what you've eaten.
A couple of handy hints -
Eat, don't go out with nothing in your stomach or drink loads of fluids, the fluid inside will just bounce around and make it worse.
Foods like Bananas, cerials are good.
Chew gum or some sort of soft sweet (peppermint is good).
Relax, walk around and enjoy the open water, too many people when they feel sick stop look at their feet and wonder what colour their shoes are going to be once they have thrown up on them.
Stay cool, overheating is another thing that causes sickness.
And take lots of photo's

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Every time I go out on the ocean on a small boat, some smartass always tells me the only cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.
Looking at the horizon works most time for me.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Oh - I can sympathize, too. I once opted to fly instead of take the good ship upchuck because I couldn't stomach the thought of...oh, no, no, no. Neal tells me that he takes Gravol (or whatever the equivalent is) when crossing over to Scotland, and that helped him a lot, as the crossing used to make him ill. They also sell bracelets that are supposed to help with seasickness. I always carry a bottle of peppermint essential oil with me, which is a godsend for headaches and nausea.

Given that, what would get me in the end - no matter how prepared I was - would be everyone else...

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

I suffer from motion sickness also - and I scuba dive. Mine is the worst when surfacing after a dive and bobbing on the waves. Eeeewwww - bad news. But, I have found that taking Dramamine (Gravol) an hour before getting on a boat works well. It takes just about an hour for the drug to take affect. If you take the medication immediately before boarding the boat, or while on it, it may not be very effective as the symptoms will have already begun. It needs that hour to be absorbed completely.

I also use terrycloth covered elastic wrist bands called Sea Bands. They have a small plastic piece attached to the inside of the band. That plastic piece is placed over a particular part of the wrist and puts light pressure on a pressure point that corresponds with motion sickness. I use them for diving and they have proved to be very effective for me. I have used them when I didn't have Dramamine available and they helped enormously. I now use them in combination with the Dramamine if the seas are particularly choppy. (Sea Bands were the bracelets Tway mentioned.) They can be found at most pharmacies. Local dive shops always have them too.

The essential oil of peppermint is also very good for easing nausea. Eucalyptus oil and clove oil will also work.

If the nausea starts while on the boat - focus your eyes on something on the boat, rather than on the water/whales for a few minutes. You are moving with the rhythm of the boat so looking at something near you will relieve that feeling of vertigo.

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Thank you all - l am going to try all these remedies - l like the idea of carrying peppermint oil as l would get queasy on flights and car journeys where lm a passenger also.

I just really do not want to miss out on the whales due to this!!

Now anyone know how to overcome a fear of heights so l can do the Sydeny harbour bridge walk! Paul l think would really like to do this but l aint good with heights so l feel as if lm holding him back - although l have told him that he can do it himself and l will go shopping, have a coffee and people watch for the afternoon! BUT in saying this l would love to say l have done it - so anyone got any interesting theories?

9. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

I'm scared shitless of heights, I deal with them by:
1- Avoiding them (my prefeered option)
2- Just doing whatever it takes to get my mind off the fact that if i fall i'm going to die.

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Like Jase, I'm "scared shitless" of heights also. (Beerman will confirm!!) In Santa Fe, Panama, it took two tries to get to a river to go swimming and I was almost in tears getting there. (First time, I made Kris stop on the side of the road because I just couldn't get up the courage to go down the "hill" and across this rickety bridge. But, like you, I wanted to say we'd done it. So second try - bucked it up, closed my eyes, held on for dear life and sang very loudly. Problem was - we had to go back the same way we came...)

I'm better if there are railings or barriers, though not by much. I usually resort to taking half a Xanax - which is a muscle relaxant/anti-anxiety (prescribed) medication. It helps! By the time we're done doing what we set out to do - the drug has worn off and I can load up on martinis or rum.

As with the motion sickness thing, as you cross the bridge(s), focus your eyes on your feet or something ahead of you, but not over the edge of the bridge. Make Paul hold your hand, and if the walkway area is wide enough, have him walk next to you so he's the one closest to the edges - you walk on the inside. That way, the only way you can go over is by going through him - which won't happen! (I hang onto Kris with a death grip and don't let go until we're somewhere I consider safe.) After you're safe again - it's MARTINI TIME!

I do hope that Paul understands your fear and you don't feel guilty about it. If not, that can just make matters worse. I panic so badly that I'd do almost anything to get away from the situation (flight response). When I can't, I cry. And, it's hard to get someone who doesn't experience the same fear to understand it. Take the peppermint or lavendar oil along - when you start to feel panicky - take a whiff or two. They both work as an aromatic relaxant.

Now you know why I dive - no heights!!! (Don't even bring up dentists - have the same fear of them!!! Aaarrrrgggghhh!!!!)