Precautions While Traveling To The Sea Coasts

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 28, 2011

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Traveling to the coast is a pleasant choice made by many, especially those who want to get a sun tan and flaunt it.


Let’s look at sunburn and sea sickness which are two of the most common problems faced by people traveling to the sea coast and how one can fight them. We advise you to follow the tips given below in order to enjoy your trip.




Sun exposure at the sea is quite high. So bring sunglasses and a hat to beat the sun’s rays. You, apparently, would not cover your skin on the beach and avoid tan. So use sun-block with highest level of sun protection. Carry a sunscreen which has 45 or higher SPF.


Sea sickness


Sea sickness is a form of motion sickness which makes one nauseous and in extreme cases people experience vertigo. Sea sickness happens due to the motion of craft on water. Some people are vulnerable while others become immune to it through exposure.


Why it happens?


Seasickness happens when the balance center of our brain faces difficulty in making sense of the rocking motion of craft on water. The brain gets confused because your eyes tell it that you stationary but your inner ear tells the brain that you are constantly on the move. This is called visual disorientation.


Other factors that might lead to sea sickness are alcohol intake, fatigue, ear injury, exposure to diesel fumes and odours.


The degree of sea sickness may vary from minor uneasiness to nonstop vomiting.



  • Nausea.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Salivation.
  • Headaches.
  • Vomiting.


How to avoid sea sickness

  • Do not stay empty stomach before travel but do not eat large meal before leaving.
  • You must stay hydrated and keep sipping a sports drink or water. Do not over do. Also, avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol and caffeine.
  • To help your brain adjust to the instable environment fix your gaze on an object, preferably the horizon.
  • Avoid reading and writing.
  • Breathe fresh air and avoid diesel fumes as much as possible.
  • Suck on ginger.
  • Sit on the center of the boat.
  • Take anti-nausea medicines as prescribed by your doctor.


General precautions

  • Do not wear expensive watches and jewellery when going to the sea coast.
  • If you want to avoid traveller’s diarrhoea then avoid sea food if you think it’s not hygienically prepared.
  • Do not drink tap water and drinks with ice. Use only bottled water.
  • Avoid foods and beverages from street vendors.
  • Do not eat undercooked or meat or fish. Moreover, avoid food that is left at room temperature.


So if you’re heading to the sea, prepare yourself well in time and dive into the ocean full of diasporas of flora and fauna.



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