Tips to Prevent Motion Sickness on Trips

motionsicknessAutumn is a great time to take a scenic car trip and experience the beauty and array of colors that fall brings. Are you one to avoid long car rides because you suffer from motion sickness? Don’t miss out! Instead, learn what motion sickness is and things you can do to prevent it.

What is motion sickness? Motion sickness is a feeling of nausea during car, plane, or boat travel. Those suffering from motion sickness can experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness and/or headache. Motion sickness is the result of senses conflicting with each other.  For example, the eyes may see movement but the body doesn’t register/feel movement and this sensory conflict leads to motion sickness.

Preventing motion sickness:

  • Look out a window when traveling. If possible, sit in the front seat which has the most open view. Try to focus on a stationary object in the distance. Avoid reading, watching TV, and/or focusing on any electronic device, as this will make motion sickness worse.
  • Try to limit food and drink consumption. Do not overeat or eat heavy foods before a long trip. It is also recommended to avoid alcohol.
  • Open a window. Getting some fresh air may alleviate the nausea. It is wise to eliminate any strong odors such as food, perfume, or air fresheners which can make nausea worse. Not only does the fresh breeze from opening the windows help with nausea, it will also aid in dispelling strong odors.
  • Take breaks as often as possible. Get out of the car frequently to stretch and get some fresh air–especially on long rides.
  • Consider motion sickness medications. If motion sickness is a recurring problem for you, you may want to consider over-the-counter or even prescription medications. There are medications that can prevent motion sickness and others that reduce nausea. These medications are to be taken before your trip begins for optimum effectiveness. Check with your doctor to learn more about motion sickness medications.

Don’t let the fear of motion sickness keep you from enjoying trips–whether by car, plane, or boat. If you are prone to motion sickness, prevention is key because once the symptoms start, it is hard to alleviate them. On the upside, once the motion has stopped, the motion sickness itself and the symptoms usually go away quickly. If you have any other suggestions to help prevent motion sickness, please share with us in our comments section.