How to handle motion sickness when traveling – tips and tricks from bloggers

Motion sickness is the darkest nightmare that could happen to us when traveling. Even if we talk about car sickness, plane anxiety or seasickness it can ruin our vacation no matter what.

I asked some bloggers that have dealt with motion sickness to write down tips and tricks that helped them in these situations. Let’s see what they answered:

DnT from DnT Travels

Control what you eat traveling – I always try to avoid heavy meals if I know I am likely to be seasick whilst traveling. I will generally just have green tea and eat once I arrive at my destination.

Take Medication – This without fail always works for me, I am never sick when I take a tablet even though I still get the nauseous feeling. Its the most effective method so I highly recommend medication.

Avoid entertainment – Personally, things such as reading and playing on my phone make things a lot worse for me so I always just have my eyes shut and make sure I am relaxed.

Stay Calm – Knowing that you are going to be seasick can make you worry beforehand but, it makes things a lot easier if you stay calm and try to relax as much as you can. Making sure you are prepared with a bag and tissues can be helpful so you don’t have to worry about asking anyone for anything.

Emma from Cruising isn’t just for old people

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My top tip for travel Sickness would be to watch what you eat before traveling.

I cruise frequently and unfortunately get pretty seasick! The temptation for me is to eat as much as I can and drinking cocktails is also a temptation. Food and drinks are often unlimited onboard cruise ships which makes it a little difficult to resist. If you are prone to travel sickness I would recommend sticking to ‘plain’ foods such as pasta, bread, and chicken before traveling. One of the worst things you can do is eat a lot of greasy unhealthy food. If you are feeling overly full you are much more likely to feel unwell.

Russel from RJ Fraser

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On a recent holiday to Mahe Island in Seychelles, I took a day trip to the island of La Digue. Famous for its white sandy beaches with crystal blue waters and home of one of the most photographed beaches in the world, Anse Source d’Argent. Getting to La Digue requires a short flight or a one-hour ferry crossing from Mahe Island. A quick search on the internet about the one-hour ferry journey confirmed I was in for a rough journey.

The journey was not pleasant and the swell on the sea meant the boat continually rocked up and down making your stomach churn. Lots of people were being sick and there were stewards hired especially for cleaning up vomit, handing out sick bags and helping passengers feeling unwell. Growing up and living on a Scottish island meant I was accustomed to rough ferry crossings but this journey was on another level.

Luckily the journey was completely worth it and La Digue was absolutely amazing.

Based on my experiences, here are my top tips for avoiding travel sickness:

If you are traveling by boat, sit on the lowest deck possible. There is less movement the lower you go.

Avoid alcohol the night before you travel or anything that might upset your stomach. You don’t want the addition of a hangover to cope with on top of feeling poorly from traveling.

If you start to feel unwell close your eyes and take deep breaths, concentrate on something completely different and try not to think about actually feeling unwell.

Get plenty of fresh air. If you can and it’s not too cold, get outside. There is nothing worse than being stuck somewhere hot and stuffy while feeling ill.

Avoid reading or anything that requires you to focus your eyes. Attempting to focus while moving at speed is likely to make you feel dizzy or give you a headache.

Francesca from Glutenfree horizons

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As a child I always really struggled with car sickness…and if I’m being honest, I’m not much better as an adult. It’s a bit of a miracle I’m ok when I’m driving, I’ve spent so many car journeys with the window down, deep breaths and praying my lunch stays down!

As I’ve got older I’ve started cruising, which presents another challenge – sea sickness! Christmas Eve 2016 will always hold a special memory – stuck in the middle of the North Sea during Storm Barbara! I spent the majority of the day hiding in the cabin! Sometimes, sleeping it off is the only way!

Luckily these days my travel sickness only really affects me on severely windy country roads or properly choppy seas. One thing I’ve found to really help are travel sickness wristbands – these usually have a little plastic bobble that presses into your wrist on a pressure point that somehow, psychosomatically or not, really seems to help!

I’ve found medication to be a bit hit and miss – some of it can make you even woozier I’ve found! I tend to stick to herbal remedies accompanied by drinking ginger beer – the non-alcoholic kind of course! Ginger really settles your stomach – I’ve also read that chewing ginger can really help as well.

Travel sickness is something that can be a real pain, especially when travel is a passion! Sometimes though, you’ve just got to grin and bear it!

Elizabeth from Roots, Wings and Travel Things

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Both of our boys tend to get a bit of motion sickness on stop-and-go roads and on very curvy, windy roads.  Five things we make sure we always do if we know we’re going to be driving these kinds of roads are:

Pre-medicate with Benadryl or Dramamine.  Dramamine seems to be stronger and makes our boys sleepy, whereas Benadryl doesn’t seem to make them as sleepy but still helps with nausea. Make sure they are dressed in cool clothes so they don’t over-heat.  Over-heating tends to lead to more motion sickness.  We’ll also crack the windows to help keep cool!

Give them a peppermint candy for the drive.  We don’t do a lot of candy, but for long drives or drives we know will likely both their tummies, they get as many peppermints as they need!

Remind them to look out the front window.  Looking as far as possible into the horizon helps the vestibular system adjust, so we remind them frequently to look out the front.

Prepare for the worst.  I have a severe phobia of vomit and the only thing that helps calm my anxiety is being fully prepared for the worst.  We always have a handful of bags within arms reach just in case.  We also keep a small clean-up box in the back of the car with a few towels, paper towels, hand sanitizing wipes, and a tin of coffee grounds.  In case someone gets sick and doesn’t use a bag, the coffee grounds can help neutralize the odor for the easier cleanup!

Arianna from Arianna Westley

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I never experienced motion sickness as a child, but I started dealing with it as I started driving myself everywhere.

If I’m just riding in a car with family or friends, I try to sit in the front seat. If they have third-row seating, I avoid sitting there at all costs. When I’m flying, I like to sit over the wing or right behind it. I believe that’s why I don’t really experience motion sickness on planes unless we hit major turbulence. If I’m riding public transportation like a tram, train, or bus, I always make sure I can find a front facing seat. I try to sit towards the front of the bus or the train car as well.

Planes are really the only kind of transportation I can read on. I try to avoid looking at my phone too long in the car, bus, or train. I used to be able to read in the car as a kid, but now it makes me sick so much quicker.

I usually have Dramamine (or the knock-off brand) at home but it never fails that I forget it at home. I have become really good at detecting the beginning stages of getting motion sickness. If I start to feel it, I just lay my head back and try to take a nap. I always feel much better when I wake up and I’m able to enjoy the ride again.

 

Thanks to all bloggers that provided us with lots of valuable tips and tricks!

Did you experience motion sickness during your travels? How did you handle it?

Happy travels,

Pal

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