Where Do You Keep the Seasick Meds?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

If you're seasick, the last thing in the world you need is to have to search for your meds . . .

Being seasick is awful.

Having to root through lockers and bins to find any seasick remedies only makes it worse. Trust me on this.

Even if you think you’ll never get seasick, it’s wise to keep some within reach from the cockpit. Having to go down below makes seasickness worse for almost everyone, as does trying to look through anything.

We keep a package right inside the door to the cockpit, where I can just reach in and grab them instantly – they’re right in sight.

If you're seasick, the last thing in the world you need is to have to search for your meds . . .

Having them there also reminds me to take some before we head out (on long passages or when we think conditions are likely to bother me, I start taking the meds 12 to 24 hours before we leave). And if I forget – or if I don’t think I need meds and then discover that I do – I don’t make the seasickness worse by having to go inside or start digging through drawers or lockers.

You may prefer a different medicine (meclizine works well for me), acupressure bands, one ear plug or something else altogether but the point is to have it where it’s easy to grab and you know exactly where it is.

One more quick tip: if you take birth control pills, be aware that vomiting from seasickness may leave you unprotected. Talk with your doctor about what to do should this situation arise and perhaps carry alternative birth control with you.

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  1. We have a very small plastic drinking glass (child sized) that fits in the galley spice rack. It always has a couple of blister packed seasick med tablets and a few Emergen-C packets. Just knowing it is there helps!

  2. Gina Soucheray says:

    We have a small “comfort bag” in the head with meclizine, accupressure bands, ear plugs, a couple of sleeping eye masks, inexpensive sunglasses and Breathe Right strips. A little something for everyone – guests and crew alike. In other news, I have a load of yogurt underway right now. Thanks for all the good hints. Gina on B’s Hive

  3. Do you still get seasick? I thought that after a certain amount of time (different for every person), they wouldn’t get seasick any more 🙁

  4. I got scopolamine this year. My wife liked them fine. I go for Less Drowsy Dramamine when I start to turn green. Any recommends?

  5. Mary Nichol says:

    As a life time sufferer of motion sickness ( I was a blast in the car as a child!), every morning we take our boat out, myself AND our dog take our meclizine.

  6. It would be bad to fill the bilge while rooting around for your meds…

  7. Eric Ludin says:

    Good point about women taking birth control pills……but, my wife is not usually that amorous when she is seasick!

  8. In my belly.

  9. We keep them in the spice rack in the galley and it is reachable from the cockpit. An assortment of meds & herbal types all fit in one kid size plastic juice glass.

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