Travel sickness — also known as motion sickness — is experienced by millions of people around the world.
It can make sufferers feel nauseous, dizzy and generally unwell, and can also result in extreme sweating and vomiting — which isn’t ideal in any situation. If you suffer from severe motion sickness, it can make journeys — whether by car, boat, plane or train — uncomfortable to the point of unbearable.
Luckily, there are some methods you can use to make traveling easier. In this post, we’ll be providing you with some essential tips on how to prevent travel sickness, to ensure that your next journey goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Be careful what you eat
If you’ve got a long journey planned, then one of the first things you can do to prevent yourself from suffering from travel sickness is to watch what you eat the day before.
For example, eating rich, fatty or spicy foods just before you travel will make you feel more full and heavy, which is more likely to unsettle your stomach and make you feel sick.
It should also go without saying that drinking lots of alcohol the day before a big journey is never going to end well, especially if you get travel sick. So, by all means, enjoy a few drinks on your holidays, but on your final night, limit yourself to just one (and an early one at that). You’ll find your journey back much more pleasant, and you’ll be much less likely to be hit with nausea.
The same rules apply for while you’re traveling — avoid alcohol and heavy foods, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
2. Try travel sickness tablets
Travel sickness tablets are a surefire way to prevent any symptoms of motion sickness. They treat and control the symptoms of motion sickness so that you are less affected throughout your journey. It’s easy enough to buy travel sickness tablets online in the UK or from your local pharmarcy for a reasonable price, so it’s worth stocking up for those journeys you’re worried about.
It is always best to take travel sickness medication before you travel. This is because travel sickness can slow down your digestion, making it hard for the medication to be absorbed adequately by your body. If you are prone to vomiting due to your travel sickness, then this also reduces the likelihood of your body absorbing the medicine.
Motion sickness tablets are also non-drowsy, so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep and missing your stop!
3. Pick your seat wisely
Sometimes, preventing travel sickness means being tactical, and positioning yourself where you’re least likely to get sick.
For example, if you’re a passenger in a car, then take the front seat rather than the back seats; these seats tend to be more bucket-like, providing you with more support and less nausea-causing motion. Many people also find that driving rather than being a passenger helps to take their mind off motion sickness and alleviates symptoms.
If you’re catching a train or bus, then it’s a good idea to face forward on your journey, as this will help you to cope with travel sickness symptoms better. Book a seat if you can, or ask a kindly stranger if they would mind swapping.
When it comes to flights, your best bet is a seat in the middle of the plane on the wing. This is the most stable part of the aircraft — and the least affected by turbulence — so you’re much less likely to experience motion sickness here.
4. Get some fresh air
Getting some fresh air on your journey is one of the best things you can do to help with travel, and make even prevent it — if you open that car window early enough.
Of course, this isn’t always possible; it’s pretty hard to crack a window when you’re on an aircraft 30,000 feet in the air.
But for the journeys where it is an option — car, train or bus journeys — this can help with any feelings of nausea. Sit near a window on public transport for ventilation on your travels: it’ll help to get rid of that sick feeling, and will also help you to avoid any strong odors from people or food around you that could tip you over the edge.
If you’re traveling on a boat or ferry, get yourself up on deck. It may be the last thing you feel like doing if you feel sick and dizzy, but trust us, the fresh sea air and a breeze in your hair will do you wonders. Plus, you can always throw up off the side if you need to.
5. Avoid reading
Reading, looking down or looking at a screen for any length of time while you’re traveling is going to make you feel sick, even if you don’t suffer from motion sickness. For travel sickness sufferers, this is the kiss of death.
Instead of poring over a book or your phone, try and relax. Listen to some soothing music or an engaging podcast — with your eyes closed if it helps your feelings of nausea! Keeping your head still and your movements slow will make you feel less sick and dizzy too.
If you’re unable to close your eyes, focus on a fixed point or stable, stationary object. Many people find keeping their eyes fixed on the horizon helps to keep their senses balanced and avoid queasiness.
As you can see, there are many ways you can prevent travel sickness. Try out these top tips next time you go traveling and you’ll soon see a difference.