If the potential for feeling sick is putting you off traveling then it’s time to find ways to beat it so you finally enjoy the vacation you deserve. Thankfully, there are many ways to stop travel sickness in its tracks and even conquer it for good so you can wave goodbye to symptoms like nausea, dizziness, headache and even vomiting. Here are some helpful tips:
#1 Choose A Good Position
Choosing a seat that will enable you to feel minimum motion will undoubtedly help. For example, the middle row of seats in an airplane are steadier than those on the wing and on a cruise, you’ll want a low level cabin towards the center of the boat.
This method has been shown to greatly minimize or even cure motion sickness. It works by putting you a situation for a short period where you begin to feel symptoms and then stopping. Exposing yourself to these short bursts means you can work under your own steam to gradually prolong the activity. Try five minutes of a car journey, for example, then increase it to ten minutes. Your body will get used to the triggers and the symptoms leaving you feeling more relaxed.
Some people swear by it and others don’t but even you just try it for its placebo effect, every little helps, right? By activating your pressure points with magnetic bracelets or wristbands, you could convince yourself that you won’t get sick and that might be enough for you to actually, not get sick. And if there is something in the science then it might help to calm you and feel much better about the whole travel situation.
You might be trying to avoid medication and saving it for last resort measures only but if things are really getting on top of you, medicating is an option. Sometimes, just getting somewhere is so important so, by all means, take medicine if you need to. About an hour before travel or before thinking you might become unwell, taking Meclizine or Dramamine are the best known, over-the-counter drugs for motion sickness. They also have a mild sedative effect.
If you’re looking for a natural therapy then ginger has, for a long time, been known for treating nausea. Women suffering from morning sickness use ginger so why not try it for motion sickness? Even if you doubt its ability to help ease symptoms, it can’t hurt can it? Half an hour before setting off, take one or two grams of ginger. It’s always best to consult with your doctor if you’re taking other medications.
Although many adults suffer, the prime age is between two and twelve so if you’re traveling with kids, chances are you could do with some tricks up your sleeve. When you hear the dreaded words ‘I feel sick’, distraction is a good method because if a child keeps focusing on the thought of being sick, chances are they will be. Get them to look out the window and play a game, put some music on or tell them to lie down and close their eyes.
#7 Food And Drink
Before traveling, keep meals and drinks light and don’t fill up on heavy, starchy foods, too much caffeine or alcohol. Milkshakes or soda are not ideal and it’s best to keep well-hydrated with plenty of water or something light, like apple juice. If something doesn’t agree with you then avoid it before travel. Spicy or fatty foods and anything with a strong odor is best left alone, as is too much smoking before a journey.
#8 Take Control
When you’re driving a vehicle, your brain is in control using its motor commands and able to predict the motion that’s about to occur. This is why motion sickness is far less common in drivers. If you have no choice but to be a passenger, try sitting in the front seat as you’ll feel more in control than when in the back. Avoid reading, crack the window for some fresh air and focus on the horizon.
#9 Sensory Confusion
Sometimes, what our eyes are seeing and what the balance part of our inner ear are experiencing, don’t seem to tie up. This is when we can begin to feel queasy as our body struggles to make sense of our movement. Always aim to face the direction in which you’re traveling to help ease this strange sensation. If you can avoid rear-facing travel on trains or in large vehicles then you’ll feel better.
#10 Severe Symptoms
For people whose symptoms are so acute that travel is out of the question without treatment – there is a prescription drug that your doctor might prescribe. It’s a patch that’s worn behind the ear and works in a similar way to anti-histamines. The patch works by blocking the signals between nerves and the part of your brain that deals with vomiting. The patch slows releases over 3 days and is more effective than current oral medication.
#11 Pumpkin Seeds
Apparently roasted pumpkin seeds can help motion sickness. While it’s not clear if there’s any real science behind this claim, snacking on pumpkin seeds is good for you anyway as they can help fight arthritis, improve sleep and lower cholesterol.
#12 Growing Older
Ok, so this isn’t a quick fix but it might cheer you up knowing that most people do grow out of travel sickness. It tends to ease off during early adulthood but can affect pregnant women and the elderly, who are again susceptible to feeling queasy over motion. For the majority of travelers though, it is a problem that can be treated or even disappear completely so there is hope.