Guest post by Shruti Vaghe.
Spending The Day On A Boat? Here Are Some Vital Tips To Make Sure You Enjoy The Experience
Being out on a boat can be a fantastic experience. You’ll be drifting freely, enjoying the view, and generally getting to experience the surroundings in a completely new way that’s at once relaxing and adventurous. You might get to enjoy some food and drink on the boat, and you may get to have a swim too.
But if you’re not used to being on boats for long periods of time, then you may find that the experience has the potential to be unsettling and to make you ill. If you get sea sickness, or if you are just underprepared then you can end up making yourself unnecessarily uncomfortable.
Read on then if you’re about to set off on your first voyage, and we will look at some of the things you can do to ensure you enjoy yourself and don’t get ill in the process.
Managing Sun Exposure
One of the first things to think about is sun exposure – particularly if you’re on a boat trip with lots of other passengers. Often relaxing in the sun and getting a tan is one of the selling points of these days out, but it also unfortunately has the potential to get a bit much if you aren’t careful to seek shelter. In the middle of the sea or a lake you will be completely exposed, and if the boat is busy you may not be able to get below deck; many people end up either with sunburn or sun stroke.
To avoid this fate, make sure to take plenty of protection with you in the form of sun hats, sun block and towels that you can hide under. Don’t stay out in the sun for long stretches without taking a break, and try to reserve yourself a spot in the shade if you can.
Preparing for Sea Sickness
It’s also important to make sure that you manage potential sea sickness if you are the type to get ill. Taking medication before you get on the boat can be one way to solve this problem, while eating correctly can also help to minimise your chances. Salty, vinegary and dry foods are particularly good for lining your stomach and helping you to feel a little less ‘sloshy’. A packet of salt and vinegar crisps may very well be the best thing to eat before setting out or if you start to feel ill. Drinking too much is also a bad idea if you’re susceptible to feeling rough and caffeine probably won’t help either.
What can also help, is to make sure that you go out on the boat to begin with when you know it’s going to be relatively calm. Taking a ride on a lake rather than at sea, and going when the weather is mild can help you to limit rocking and thus avoid getting ill.
These two things will help to ensure you feel comfortable and that you aren’t going to need to ‘pull over’ suddenly. However that’s not the only key to feeling comfortable and being able to fully enjoy your day out – you also need to think about where you are going to sit and what else can detract from your experience.
If you are going to be swimming in the sea for instance, then it’s important to remember that you’ll then be left with salt crystals on your skin for the rest of the day. If this doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, then don’t let others pressure you into swimming – there’s nothing wrong with staying on the boat to read and to enjoy the views. Alternatively bringing a bottle of water to rinse yourself off is a good idea – and this can also help you to avoid dehydration.
Bringing a towel is also important for drying yourself off and can make a useful seat or sunbed if you struggle to find a space with a cushion.
Follow these tips, and remember to enjoy your boat trip the way you want to enjoy it. It can be a wild party, a great adventure or a peaceful cruise.
Shruti Vaghe, the author of this article, works at Niagara Vintage Wine Tours, organizers of Niagara winery tours. Shruti is passionate about wine and is currently training to become a sommelier.