Where Do You Keep the Seasick 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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  • Diane Ericsson
    Posted at 30 December 2015 Reply

    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!

  • Gina Soucheray
    Posted at 30 December 2015 Reply

    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

  • Admiral
    Posted at 30 December 2015 Reply

    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 🙁

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 30 December 2015 Reply

      I never used to, now I do occasionally. If the motion is right, I’ll get hit.

  • Chad Yarborough
    Posted at 31 December 2015 Reply

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

  • Mary Nichol
    Posted at 31 December 2015 Reply

    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.

  • Tony Gariepy
    Posted at 08 January 2017 Reply

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

  • Eric Ludin
    Posted at 08 January 2017 Reply

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

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 08 January 2017 Reply

      But puking them up for a couple days can have longer effects . . .

  • Angie White
    Posted at 08 January 2017 Reply

    In my belly.

  • Diane Ericsson
    Posted at 09 January 2017 Reply

    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.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 30 May 2017 Reply

    I keep some by my bed as I literally need them before I get up. I keep more in the cockpit table and yet more in the first aid box and finally, more in a plastic container in the fridge! Yes, I really suffer with it! LOL

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