For the last two years in August, Franklin (My Dad) and I have journeyed to Wisconsin to do a little salmon fishing on Lake Michigan.
I am not much of a fisherwoman, but once I get over the 4am call time to the boat, catching fish is fun! The first year I even won the contest for catching the biggest fish. I wrangled that sucker in myself! BOOM!
The second year, we still caught fish but the weather was quite different and the lake was VERY choppy. My experience was a heck of a lot different. I spent the entire eight hours on the boat seasick… talk about miserable. The only picture I have from the salmon derby is on land after the hellacious day on the water was over.
This week we are headed back to Lake Michigan for the third annual salmon derby. I would much prefer to have the experience I had the first year and not the second. SO, I have researched every possible method to cure seasickness. I am by no means a medical expert, just a humble woman trying not to puke her guts out in front of relative strangers and clients.
4 Ways to Beat Motion Sickness
1. Ginger Lozenges
Ginger has long been known as a natural anti-nausea remedy. We have used these lozenges while SCUBA diving and my Mom swears by them! You can find these here.
This over the counter option has been recommended to me by several avid boaters. They suggest taking one the night before going on the water and then following the instructions on the box for the suggested usage. I have personally not tried Bonine yet but my sources are reliable. I'm definitely going to give it a shot. Bonine is supposed to be less likely than dramamine to cause drowsiness. You can find it at your local drugstore or here.
3. Relief Band
ReliefBand® is a non-drug solution for nausea and motion sickness. The ReliefBand is FDA approved and uses proprietary nerve stimulation technology. Technically referred to as “neuromodulation,” the ReliefBand is specifically programmed to regulate and balance the various stimulus mechanisms causing motion sickness. When activated, the device emits gentle electrical impulses to the underside of the wrist. It is splash proof and shockproof so it should work well for a fishing trip! You can find one here.
4. Scopolamine Patch
The Scopolamine patch is a prescription patch that goes behind your ear. My Mom has used this once while on a cruise and said it was life changing. Prescription medication rarely comes without side effects, the Scopolamine patch has been known to cause severe dry mouth and blurred vision. I would say for a long time on the water the Scopolamine patch may be worth it not to have to remember to keep taking the medicine or worse and it be too late!
Do you have any tried and true methods to beat motion sickness?