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The most important thing to bring on a cruise

We have written a lot over the years about how to pack for a cruise and a must-have items that make travel easier. Sure, we love our noise-canceling headphones, comfortable shawls that works so well on a flight as on formal night as a cover-up, and offers stylish, small toiletries bags that come with funnels and stickers on the label of our bottles.

But if we are only allowed to have one of our “must-have” items, the answer is simple: the Transderm Scop patch.

After decades on the high seas, we have learned through trial and error this seasickness medication is the only thing that works for us without us sleepy, and it works every time. The only side effect — blurred vision on the nights that we have had wine with dinner — feels like a small price to pay for a happy cruise through turbulent waters.

Don’t believe the hype about other options. Over-the-counter pills, such as Dramamine, banish our nausea, but we also have slept through the whole vacation as a result of taking them.

Herbal remedies just never do the trick — they are probably the best for people who are nervous about seasickness instead of actually suffering from severe symptoms. And don’t be fooled by the herbal patch on the market, or, if the ship is rocking and rolling, oregano sounds like a smart natural remedy, but not strong enough to fight against nausea.

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Forget wristbands, also: At best, we find them uncomfortable. Plus, they are nowhere near as discreet as the little sticker that hides behind your ear. We had a dinner with captains and leaders, and no one was the wiser that we have a penchant for seasickness.

We know We sound like we should be getting paid for this endorsement, but we’re not.

We have never spoken with someone from the pharmaceutical company, but like people that live on cruise ships as much as on the country — we are their biggest fans.

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