What Is Travel Sickness?
Travel sickness is one of those things many of us experience as a youngster. However unfortunately some of us never grow out of this. Here are a few tips to make sea, bus and any other kind of travel more endurable and even enjoyable, nausea free!
Any kind of travel sickness is termed kinetosis, of course kinetic meaning moving. Essentially scientists do not fully understand the process, what is occurring, is there is a conflict between sensory brain neurons.
What is interesting is that children (or adults) who suffer from severe infections such as labyrinthitis or migraines are more susceptible to motion sickness.
Now that we briefly understand what it is, lets looks at natural remedies aside from the wide range of motion sickness tablets you can get from a chemist, some of which do not work for everyone anyway!
Ways To Avoid Motion Sickness
This is one technique which works especially at sea, where you are bobbing up and down (sorry for sea sickness sufferers). I know you don’t want to hear this…but you just focus on a land mass point. Or if you are way out at sea, then focus on say a bench or a something in the boat.
Really focus your vision as if your life depended on it. And I know, I have been there. When you are sea sick you feel so ill you think you are going to die and your stomach isn’t much sympathetic either, too feeling sick itself!
#2. Take Ginger
Crystalline ginger will be fine. Otherwise you can cheat and get natural ginger tablets from a health store. Will be less messy to carry around in your hand bag, brief case or backpack!
#3. Stand Up As Much As Possible
This will help with the balance. You may think lying down will help you feel better but it won’t help you re-adjust your balance which is causing the nausea.
#4. Be The Driver
If you are in a car, offer to drive. Strangely enough it is being in the back seat of a car (or bus, the worse I know!) that makes you sick. Talking of buses and coaches ask to sit up near the driver. Even having a conversation with him or just seeing the forward perspective from the front of the bus may actually help.
When I was a child and teenager many of us used to do this to avoid motion sickness. We would all take it in turns throughout the trip. The poor bus driver!
#5. Drink Water
Try drinking water, especially carbonated mineral water. This is great for settling any stomach and getting rid of any nausea or faint feeling. Often you will feel like you are going to pass out especially with sea sickness. I know, I remember nearly passing out on one very rough crossing going from Wales to Ireland across the Irish sea at night (nothing but black).
#6. Avoid Steep Stairs
The going up and down probably resembles bobbing up and down which of course does not help with your balance.
#7. No Alcohol
If you are an adult do not drink alcohol before or during the trip if you get motion sickness. This will not help you!
#8. Wear Loose Clothes
As for any nausea or fainting wear comfortable, light fitting clothes even shorts. There is something about when you are feeling nauseous and you have layers of tight fitting clothes. You would do better from being cooler than warmer as is the case when you feel you are might faint on a hot summer’s day.
#9. Lay Back
Do not read or focus your eyes on anything downward, that includes games, iPads, phones anything. You may be fine to start with but after a while you will feel sick if you suffer from motion sickness.
In fact, lay back and close your eyes if you are feeling car sick already or even to prevent it. Some people who suffer from car sickness just lie back and close their eyes the whole journey to get through it.
#10. Avoid Winding Roads
If you have any say in a driving route, select straight and not winding roads. The windy roads are the very worse for car sickness, especially for children who often suffer car sickness up until age 12 years.
Have some mints with you either on the boat, plane, bus or car. For some reason having chewy or other mints on a car ride can really help. They are plain but mostly all mints have been found to reduce nausea even if only temporarily for some of the trip.
#12. Take Stops
It goes without saying, stop occasionally or ask the driver to stop. This only applies to coach, bus and car journeys but it can make a big difference. If the sick traveler has some fresh air, some water, a walk around it may really help break the journey and re-balance them.
In addition let fresh air in through all the car windows. This is far better to keep all well and for any already car sick occupants.
Finally for those of you out there who want the additional aid of a pill there are lots out there. Ideally select one with ginger or one that has anti-nausea properties. At the same time though try some of the above. You may find that instead of having to endure your next journey, you may actually look forward to it and enjoy it!