Most of us have suffered with travel sickness at some point in our lives… whether it was going on a family holiday as a child; on a bus journey along that winding, mountain road in South America; or on a particularly choppy boat trip! But is there anything you can do to help (or to at least ease the suffering!)?
Here are some of my tips for helping avoid/minimise travel sickness:
- In a car, sit in the front if possible so you can see what’s happening… Remember: the primary cause of travel sickness is our brain receiving confused messages. Basically, our eyes don’t see much movement (if we can’t really see where we are going) but our inner ear detects movement, which confuses our brain and makes us feel nauseous. Thus, sitting in the front of a vehicle means our eyes see what’s happening and therefore our brain is not confused by the discord between what it’s seeing and what it’s feeling…
- Likewise, if you’re travelling by bus, sit next to the window or, if possible, sit right at the front where you can see out of the front windscreen.
- If you are on a boat and feel unwell, go outside on deck and look towards the horizon. The fresh air will help and seeing the movement as well as feeling it will also help (as explained above).
- If you are travelling by plane, request seats over the wing, as this is the most stable part of an aeroplane.
- If you are on a plane and you experience turbulence, tighten your seatbelt and relax – if you go with the movement of the plane it won’t feel so bad.
- On a bus or in a car, don’t sit and read or do anything that involves looking down as you are looking away from the road.
- Sip water (to stay hydrated) and suck a mint or chew ginger – both mint and ginger are supposed to be good for relieving nausea.
- It sounds obvious, but avoid spicy or greasy food (and too much alcohol!) when travelling as they are not easy for your body to digest.
- If other people are suffering, try and stay away from them if possible… there’s nothing more likely to make you feel sick than watching someone else being sick!
- I find listening to music helps as it relaxes me and takes my mind off feeling queasy… give it a go and see if it works for you!
I hope you find these tips helpful in dealing with travel sickness…
Do you have any tips? Let me know in the comments if you do.