13 Ways You Can Do to Battle Motion Sickness During Travel

Here are some tips to prevent having motion sickness while traveling. This can just be a mild and common illness but can ultimately ruin your vacation or business trips so travelers should very well keep in mind the following tips.

1. Look off into the distance and focus on a steady point away from the rocky boat, plane or car to get your bearings. This helps counteract the conflicting messages the brain is receiving from the topsy turvy surroundings.

2. If you’re on a boat, going inside or below deck will only intensify the symptoms. Instead, stay on deck so you can look at the horizon and get as much air as possible to help your body cope. Fresh air can go a long way in preventing motion sickness.

3. Sit over the wing of the plane.  The wing is the most stable part of the plane and has the least amount of movement. And if you can get a window seat in this midsection, all the better. Then you can look out and set your sights far from the plane if you should get queasy.

4. Face forward on the bus or train so you can see the road ahead of you instead of concentrating on the busy movement taking place to the sides. And if you can, take a seat, because standing can also bring on motion sickness.

5. Volunteer to drive.  Drivers are so busy watching the road that they’re less apt to get carsick. If you don't know how to drive, your next best bet is to sit in the front seat so you can also anticipate the upcoming bumps and turns and as a result, be less likely to get sick.

6. Eat a little or don’t eat at all. About an hour before you leave, eat some plain crackers or a piece of bread or toast.

7. Avoid “Heavy” Foods And Odors. For some unknown reason, the smell of spicy or greasy foods and strong odors can prompt motion sickness before or during a trip, reports the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in Alexandria, Virginia.

8. Say no to alcohol. Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during a trip. Alcohol goes through the bloodstream and in to the inner ear, stimulating it and making a case of motion sickness even worse. Thus the saying, "Don't drink and drive".

9. Take it easy. After the first signs of illness, close your eyes and stay still until the queasy sensations pass.

10. Stay calm, cool and collected. For anyone who’s had motion sickness before, the thought of being in the same situation again can cause fear and anxiety, which can bring on a bout of motion sickness. The same goes for those who are anxious about what they’re about to do, like flying in a plane or riding in a boat. Try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and tell yourself that you will not get sick.

11. Leave your reading at home. Reading causes your eyes to move back and forth, so they are not fixed on a single point. At the same time, your body is sensing, and reacting to, the movement from your ride. The result: sensation overload and motion sickness. For the same reason, an action-packed movie on a plane may cause you to feel ill. On the other hand, if the movie is not too visually demanding, it just may do the trick to help you relax, forget your fear, and prevent you from becoming sick.

12. Try over-the-counter remedies. Antihistamines, such as Dramamine, Bonine, and Marezine, should be taken at least an hour before the trip for maximum effectiveness. This gives the medication enough time to be absorbed in to the bloodstream. Always check the label for possible side effects, such as drowsiness or blurred vision, and take necessary precautions, such as not driving a car.

13. Stay away from others who are sick. The power of suggestion is very strong, especially if you have a tendency to get a bit “green” yourself As callous as it may sound, let someone with a sturdier stomach tend to the sick; you should be looking at the horizon or at another steady point in the distance

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