Seasickness, a form of motion sickness, can make being on a boat a miserable experience. If you’re starting a career at sea, the good news is that time will often make symptoms of seasickness go away. However, if you’re planning to spend a single day out on a river cruise, you won’t have enough time to get your bearings. Discover these surprising ways mariners combat motion sickness so that you can enjoy your time on the water.

1. Look at the Horizon

When you have motion sickness, it can feel like the world is turning upside down. To help combat this feeling of queasiness, look out at the horizon. This will help your brain process the constant motion from choppy waves.

2. Avoid Strong Smells

Sometimes, a combination of bad weather, poor diet, and strong smells can make you suddenly feel seasick. To prevent this powerful combination of triggers, leave your strong-smelling colognes and perfumes at home.

3. Chew Ginger-Flavored Gum

Ginger is a well-known natural remedy for motion sickness that actually has quite a bit of medical credibility behind it. You can drink ginger tea, eat ginger candies, or even chew ginger-flavored gum. We recommend taking some ginger as soon as you set foot on the boat to prevent nausea.

4. Avoid Booze

Most people know that drinking alcohol dehydrates the body. When you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to feel queasy. So, it’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid having too many drinks while you’re on the water. If you tend to get seasick, avoid drinking any booze.

5. Eat Healthy Foods

In addition to alcohol, super greasy food can also make you feel sick, leading to motion sickness. Make sure to eat a balanced meal before heading out, and only bring healthy snacks with you. Never head out on the water with an empty stomach since that can make you queasy, too.

6. Use Willpower

While the evidence is mostly anecdotal, professional mariners swear by the power of mental fortitude when it comes to seasickness. This means that if you believe you’re going to get sick, you probably will. However, confidently telling yourself that you will not get sick may help you ward off nausea.

There are a lot of surprising ways mariners avoid motion sickness on the water. Try some of these tricks next time you head out on a Hells Canyon boat tour. We have both jet boat tours and guided fishing trips with expert anglers. Let us know today if you’d like to visit one of the most amazing natural landscapes in the country!