Once seasickness strikes, the best cure is finding terra firma. But there are ways to prevent the “green wave” from happening — about 5,000 ways if you believe everything you hear about garlic, neck braces and herbs. The three methods here are proven to work with varying effectiveness, if they’re done right.
What it is: Dramamine is an antihistamine with the technical name Dimenhydrinate and can be found in pill, chewable tablet and nondrowsy form. $6 for 12 pills.
How it works: It’s actually a sedative that affects the central nervous system to calm you down during motion sickness.
How well it works: Don’t take it as you’re pulling away from the dock. That’s too late. Some will say to pop it at least a half-hour beforehand. Even that could be too late. Savvy boaters take one the night before a trip, sleep off the drowsiness that comes with it, and then take a second pill in the morning to acclimate the body. Try the nondrowsy if you take the helm (and don’t take one before bedtime).