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Created on: 2024-02-28


Eating the Right Meal Before Going on a Boat


If you’re preparing for a recreational boating excursion, preparing for a day on the water and planning your meals is crucial. The last thing you want is to navigate an extended boat trip while dealing with either an unsettled stomach or an empty one. Experiencing such discomfort can lead our minds to magnify minor issues and detract from the enjoyment of the sunny day! Before embarking on your voyage, consuming a light and nutritious breakfast is imperative to mitigate the risk of motion sickness. Steer clear of acidic, greasy, and spicy foods that may induce lethargy or nausea.

Additionally, abstain from alcohol for at least 24 hours before boating. Opt for light breakfast choices such as eggs and toast. Explore other tips and strategies to ensure a content stomach during your boat trip.


Refueling Your Stomach On a Boat

Eating on a boat is entirely feasible, particularly in calm seas. However, if you’re prone to seasickness, it’s advisable to stick to water and avoid consuming too much. When selecting snacks and meals suitable for boating, choose items that are easy to clean, have a longer shelf life, and won’t occupy excessive space in the cooler. Excellent choices include pre-sliced fruits and vegetables, frozen grapes, snack-sized bags of chips, ready-made sandwiches and wraps, pre-cut cheeses, meats, and prepared salads. Remember to bring along plates, cups, an ample supply of ice, and any necessary cleanup materials.

Include snacks such as pre-sliced fruits and vegetables, frozen grapes, convenient grab-and-go options like chips and crackers, ready-to-eat sandwiches and wraps, pre-cut cheeses and meats, jerky, and beverages like water and electrolyte-rich sports drinks in your packing. Steer clear of sugary juices and sodas, which can contribute to dehydration. Given the likelihood of being engrossed in enjoying the sun, it’s easy to underestimate the natural loss of hydration.


3 Easy Steps for Avoiding Sea Sickness

  1. Consider taking antiemetic medications to prevent or alleviate motion sickness. There are various options, including over-the-counter antihistamines like Bonine and Dramamine, as well as prescription scopolamine drugs available in pill or patch form. These medications typically counteract the brain’s release of chemicals responsible for seasickness. Consult your doctor to determine the most suitable medication, considering any other medications you may be on.

  3. Opt for an acupressure wristband, which applies pressure to a specific wrist point, often where a watch is. Many individuals find that this pressure helps alleviate nausea, a common symptom of motion sickness. Acupressure wristbands can be found in some pharmacies or purchased online from platforms like Amazon.

  5. Ensure you are well-rested before embarking on your journey. Lack of sleep and fatigue can increase susceptibility to factors triggering motion sickness. Before your trip, take the time to unwind to promote a more comfortable experience.

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