Suffering from motion sickness is no fun. While there are several theories for the cause of it there is not yet anything definitive that doctors and medical scientists can point their fingers to as being the problem. Motion sickness makes travelling a nightmare. There are those that would have you believe that motion sickness is all on the mind that the physical symptoms are the manifestations of a psychological disorder, all I can say is that they have probably never suffered a bout of motion sickness in their lives, because if they did they would see that the condition is very, very real. Those that suffer with it as children may, in some cases, grow out of it as they age which is something. But for those that have to deal with the effects of motion sickness every day it can be quite depressing. Unfortunately there is not a one drug cures all medicine that can be taken to alleviate the effects, but there are things you can do to make travelling a little easier.

Things to Try

What works for one person may not necessarily work for another, but when each car journey is met with dread, they are definitely worth a try.

  • Before you go. Make a point of not eating anything too heavy before you have to travel, and if you do have to eat something try and avoid anything greasy, especially fried food. Remember to pack a bottle of water to take along too.
  • On the road. Try and get as much fresh air as possible while you are on the move, roll the car windows down and feel the air on your face. It is important that you sit in a position where you can see where you are going, so facing front is imperative. Being able to look ahead is much better than facing backwards or having to cope with the scenery plashing past from a side window.
  • In the car. Don’t attempt to do anything other than look ahead and watch where you are going. The moment you put your head down to look at a book, send a text message or even look for directions on a map you are liable to start feeling sick. If you can, sit straight with your head as still as possible, preferably resting on the seats head rest.
  • Gum. Some people have found that chewing gum while travelling in the car alleviates their symptoms, especially on shorter journeys when a travel sickness pill is a step too far.

Over the Counter Remedies

There are a number of over the counter remedies that you can buy from your pharmacy, and some people have great success with them, but again they don’t work for everybody.

  • Travel Sickness Medication. Try and keep them for long journeys only. Some of them may leave you with side effects that can be just as uncomfortable as the motion sickness to it may be a case of trial and error until you find one that suits you. Many can leave your mouth feeling very dry, so pack some water with you.
  • Wristbands. The wristbands work by applying pressure to recognised acupressure points on the underside of the wrist which are believed to reduce the symptoms of motion sickness. They may not always work for you but they have no side effects to worry about.

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