activities in mauritius
08 May How to deal with motion sickness when travelling

There’s nothing worse than gearing up for an exciting fishing trip only to have your tummy whirling within minutes of leaving the dock! Don’t fret, you aren’t alone. Many people will turn as green as grass at least once in their lives. But seasickness is a major issue for some. But rest assured, we’ve got some advice for you to minimise those risks so that you’ll reach Saint Brandon ready to enjoy your fishing trip as soon as you set foot onto the atoll.

Have a good night’s rest.

Take a night to get some sleep before your next boat trip. Missing sleep and feeling exhausted make you more susceptible to factors that can cause motion sickness.


Look at the horizon

Looking at the horizon helps our eyes to correct the signal they are sending to the brain. As the eyes look at the moving horizon, they begin to realize the movement of the boat and match the information the inner ear is sending. Correcting this miscommunication is the best way to manage seasickness.


Have a bite

Contrary to popular belief, sailing on an empty stomach will not prevent you from throwing up. The best foods are light and bland, such as saltine crackers, plain bread, or pretzels. Having some food in your stomach is better than having an empty stomach, but be careful not to eat too much. Also, you might want to sip some ginger ale: Ginger is a well-known natural remedy for motion sickness. Peppermint also may have calming effects on the stomach. Many people find that eating crackers along with drinking water or soda helps.


Drink something

Coca-cola contains phosphoric acid and sugars, the very same ingredients you will find in common anti-nausea drugs.



12 to 24 hours before setting sail, consider taking an over-the-counter anti-nausea drug like Dramamine, Benadryl or Bonine. These drugs work by blocking the miscommunications your eyes, feet and inner-ears are sending to your brain. However, their side effects can include drowsiness, so it’s best to give them a trial run before diving with the drugs in your system. We also recommend seeking your doctors' opinion before taking any medication. 


Wear a patch

Many sea sickness sufferers swear by the patch. These over-the-counter patches, which are worn behind your ear, work by reducing the signals sent by the nerves of your inner ear. As with over-the-counter pills, you must be mindful of the side effects which can include blurred vision and dry mouth.


Talk yourself down.

You actually can talk yourself out of motion sickness. A study found that "verbal placebos"— simply telling sailors they won’t get seasick — have been effective in preventing seasickness. Set your own expectations before traveling by saying aloud, “I’m not going to get carsick this time,” or using other affirmative self-talk. Learning breathing techniques by using biofeedback can help in this endeavor.


Wear an acupressure wristband. 

These wristbands apply pressure to a point on the wrist, generally where you wear a watch. Many people find the pressure helps them avoid nausea, one of the symptoms of motion sickness. You can find acupressure wristbands in some pharmacies, or order them from online stores such as Amazon.


Luckily Saint Brandon is only one day travel, and you’ll be on calm waters and sandbanks enjoying your fishing trip with pretty much all else forgotten!