Drake Passage Seasickness Survival Guide – Antarctica Travel

Folks! We are 57 days out!

In the last few weeks,  as I have been spending  some special time with my closer friends, some have asked me, “So what are you most afraid of?” Many would think the answer would be one of the following: not having a steady income, selling almost everything we own, or not having a car/home/job to come home to. But do you know what my biggest fear is? Crossing that damn Drake Passage!

For whatever reason, this is my greatest fear of our RTW.  Honestly, just watching videos of ships crossing have sent me running to the bathroom with a mild case of irritable bowel syndrome. Umm… I am not joking.

I am making myself sick with research. For example, do you know that most of the topsy-turvy Drake Passage YouTube videos take place in November? In fact,  Antarctica travel in November has been described as “pristine (since we will be some of the first to step foot on the White Continent when the tourist season opens), but adventurous.”  What the hell do you mean, “adventurous?”

Please see video below for a glimpse at what this may look like:

In our cable days, one of Harry’s favorite programs was, “The Deadliest Catch.” Do you know that just watching that ship bounce on TV Bering Sea made me nauseous?

This week, we checked off our doctor’s visit and I had a long discussion with my physician as to what medications we will be prescribed to fight against the dreaded four days that we will spend crossing the Drake (two days there and two days back). Today I was happy to visit my local pharmacy to pick up TWO prescriptions for seasickness. This is what we are bringing to ward off seasickness so Harry and I are  not spending 4 days hugging a random toilet:

1) Phenergan (promethazine) 25mg tablets – Tablets that contain promethazine, an antihistamine that is used to treat allergy, nausea and vomiting and is also used for sedation, as it has antiemetic (prevents nausea) and sedative properties.

*Note to self: I like the part that says it’s for sedative properties. We may need this depending on how rough it gets!

2) Scopolamine Patches – It is a round adhesive patch that you place behind your ear several hours before you travel offering motion sickness and nausea protection for up to three days at a time.

We are coming prepared and the above are our weapons of choice. Although we considered flying the Drake, we wanted to earn our “rights of passage” crossing the hard way. Stay tuned friends. We plan on documenting the  highlights of the Drake via video!



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