If you take prescription medication, you will need to pack it in the original container from the pharmacy that has the label still on it. You will also need the original prescription from the doctor, so make sure the pharmacy gives it back to you; if you don’t have it anymore, you will need to call the doctor’s office and get a new prescription form. Customs officials want to make sure you aren’t smuggling drugs, which is why they require these items for all prescription drugs. You should also keep in mind that you are not allowed to smoke on most, if not all, yachts. If you are currently a smoker, consider quitting. Otherwise, you may have a difficult time onboard. There are nicotine patches and gum that you can use to help you.
The two most common issues that occur for all yachting crew members, especially new crew, are getting seasick and sunburned. You will need to be prepared for both of these, because chances are, no matter how experienced you are, you will be likely to get seasick or sunburned. There are patches and drugs you can ask your doctor to prescribe. There are also over-the-counter medications for motion sickness you can try. Keep in mind that some drugs that aren’t prescription in the United States require a prescription in other countries, so you will need to find out if you’ll need a prescription for any drug you plan to take with you, including ibuprofen or aspirin. Experienced crew members also offer these tips for alleviating or reducing seasickness: