Avoiding seasickness

Subject: Avoiding seasickness
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 95 09:01:09 EST
What are your views? 
What precautions should one take to avoid seasickness?  After 10 plus  
years of boat trips I have found that the following guidelines help but  
are not 100%.  For an unfortunate few it would appear as though nothing  
helps.  Could there be a psychological element?  I often wonder because  
when a rarity appears, even on the roughest days the condition seems to  
disappear, why? 
Personally I find the following help (In order of importance) 
1.A full 8 hours sleep the night before 
2.A travel sickness tablet taken 1-2 Hours before departure and with bad  
  weather predicted taken the night before and again in the morning. The  
  side effect with most tablets are that they make you drowsy and dry your  
  mouth. Some take "Nodoze" to help combat this but I'm not sure that this  
  is very healthy! 
3.Eat lots of dry foods such as crackers, breads and solid foods  
  starting the night before. 
4.Drink only water 
5.When on board stay outside in the fresh air and stand up as much  
  as possible 
6.Try to remain occupied. Look for birds, maintain an hourly list,  
  take photographs etc  
7.look at the horizon as much as possible  
8.Always bring wet weather gear  
Have a great boat trip. 
Tony Palliser                         Phone    +61 2 9900 1678 
                                      Fax      +61 2 9900 1669 

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