Travelling by ship can be tiresome. But getting sea-sick is worse. TS writer Aarohi Roy suggests some easy, medicine-free ways to avoid seasickness.
Where to book your cabin?
- In the middle of the ship. The middle rocks the least and is the safest place to be during storms too.
- Try booking a cabin with a window so there is some sea movement in your room. The more your eyes grow familiar with the static-ness, the more chances of you getting sick.
- If possible, a door overlooking the sea is not a bad option either. Leave it open for fresh air to keep your balance right.
Once you have booked your cabin, know that you should not spend most of your time inside. It leads to a dis-balance between your eyesight and your body movements. Stay on the deck as much as possible.
What to do all day?
- When looking overboard, it helps to stare at the front rather than the sides. Look towards the horizon and keep moving your eyes. Don’t focus at one point whether bare-eyed or with binoculars.
- Avoid everything which will need you to concentrate. Like reading, knitting, or even looking at a compass for a long time.
- Play mind games and chit chat. It helps you take focus off your sickness and doesn’t require any eye-focus either.
- Doze off on the deck.
What to eat? What not to eat?
- It is advised to eat healthy. Follow the routine of the workers on the deck as they are accustomed to travelling through jet-lags.
- Eat in good quantities. This will help you sleep through vigorous movements.
- If feeling unwell, ginger and lemon helps. Take them with your tea, your cold-drink, or suck on ginger candies and you will feel better.
- Sailors advise to eat green apples. Well, if it helps them, it might help us too!
- Follow the BRAT meal—banana, rice, apple sauce and bread.
- Avoid drinking alcohol. It makes you nauseous.
- Modern ships and vessels use stabilizers to ensure a smooth trip.
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