How to Enjoy Road Trip Vacations: Ways to Control Motion Sickness

By Lea August 9, 2021 in Kids

How often has one of your liveliest trips been absolutely ruined because of motion sickness? If you do not know what it is, it is a sensation of wooziness and an upset stomach. This usually occurs when you are traveling by car, plane, boat, or train. It happens because the sensory organs in your body start giving mixed messages to your brain about your body orientation.

The most common symptom of motion sickness is an upset stomach. Other symptoms that you can have are nausea, vomiting, and trouble maintain your balance. The most common ages that suffer from this are from 2 to 12, but some adults face it. To avoid motion sickness, there are a few things that you can do. But most of them require you to plan ahead.

Watch What You Eat
You need to keep your consumption of foods, drinks, and alcohol under check before and during your travel. Especially avoid food items that hurt your body. Heavy, spicy, and fat-rich foods can worsen symptoms of motion sickness in people. Foods with strong odors such as eggs can cause nausea too!

Choose Your Seat/Cabin Wisely
When traveling by airplane, the seats that are just beside the wings face the slightest motion, especially during take-off and landing. On a ship, the lower-level cabins experience much lesser movement than the ones on the top. Choose where you will be during the travel carefully!

Use Over-The-Counter Medication
Some medications for motion sickness can be very effective, especially for trips that are due to last a few hours. You can also talk to a doctor to prescribe you medication that will be effective for long travels. You need to take medication before you start traveling to ensure the effects do not disturb you once you travel.

Talk Lesser About It
There is usually a placebo effect that comes into play with conditions such as motion sickness. So by avoiding talking about it and isolating yourself from people experiencing it, you may have a better chance to prevent it during travel. Sometimes seeing someone ill makes you ill as well.

Be Alert Of Your Condition
There are a few things that you need to avoid when traveling. They are to not face the opposite direction of movement of the vehicle, avoid reading when traveling, and open a window or a source of fresh air if possible.

Even though motion sickness is not life-threatening, it can make your trips significantly unpleasant. Have you ever experienced motion sickness? If you did, you must have done something to gain control over it. What are the steps that you took that helped you overcome them? Tell us in the comments below.