How To Prevent Sea Sickness

Some people get sea sick and some don’t. Luckily, there are both over the counter and prescriptions people can take that work for most. Below is information that can help prevent your gang from feeling poorly.

Tips to prevent motion sickness

The following ideas come from the good folks at and have been reviewed by an MD.

Watch your consumption of foods, drinks, and alcohol before and during travel. Avoid excessive alcohol and foods or liquids that “do not agree with you” or make you feel unusually full. Heavy, spicy, or fat-rich foods may worsen motion sickness in some people.

  • Avoiding strong food odors may also help prevent nausea.
  • Do not sit facing backwards from your direction of travel.
  • Do not read while traveling if you are prone to motion sickness.
  • The over-the-counter medication meclizine (BonineAntivert, Dramamine) can be a very effective preventive measure for short trips or for mild cases of motion sickness.
  • Your doctor also may choose to prescribe medications for longer trips or if you repeatedly develop severe motion sickness. One example of a prescription medication is a patch containing scopolamine (Transderm-Scop) that often is effective in preventing motion sickness.