One of the downsides of going on holiday can be motion sickness, which describes the feeling of nausea and dizziness, clammy and pale skin you can get while travelling by air, car or sea.

If you’re off on a ferry, you could be in for a rough ride if you suffer from seasickness.

It’s thought to be caused, according to, by “the visual disorientation resulting from being on an object in motion (ship) competing against our body's natural inclination for balance”. 

But if you’re prone to motion sickness, how do you cope?


Once onboard, spend as much time as you can out on deck, looking at the horizon to balance yourself. The middle of the ship is the place you should feel least seasick and make sure you have a window to see the horizon from.

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Wear a wristband

Some people swear by popping on knitted elastic Sea-Band wristband as soon as they get on board, which uses a plastic stud to push against the Nei-Kuan acupressure point on the inner wrist. They have no side effects and are suitable for adults and kids.

Take ginger

Any pregnant woman will tell you ginger biscuits have a powerful anti-nausea effect, and the same is true for seasickness. If you don’t want the extra calories, pack some ginger teabags in your luggage.

Wear a scopolamine patch

One of the most widely recommended remedies is Transderm Scop, which you stick behind the ear for at least eight hours before you embark and it’s effective for up to three days. “Available only by prescription, the Scop is preventive, not a treatment, and can cause possible side effects such as dry mouth, blurry vision, drowsiness and dizziness.”

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If none of the above work and you still feeling nauseous, it might be worth trying a stronger remedy, but make sure you consult a doctor or pharmacist first. says: “Over-the-counter drugs used to deter and/or treat mal de mer include Dramamine, Meclizine (common name Bonine) or diphenhydramine (commonly known as Benadryl). Remember that the most common side effect of taking Bonine and Benadryl is drowsiness, and alcohol will exacerbate this.”

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