I’ve been suffering from motion sickness since I was a child. Sometimes, car rides that were longer than a half hour would cause me to feel nauseous and then eventually vomit. I dreaded the car rides when my family would go on vacation. I just knew that it was going to end up me getting very sick and possibly throwing up into a bag or on the side of the road.
If you suffer from motion sickness, you know just how uncomfortable it can be. Motion sickness can be caused by a car, airplane, amusement or boat ride. I even get motion sick while sitting on a float in a pool after awhile, or swinging on a swing. Just writing this article is making me feel a bit queasy thinking about it.
However, there are ways you can try to prevent yourself from becoming motion sick in the first place. These ways have helped me to prevent sickness while driving in the passenger seat of someone’s car during a long car ride.
I used to take Dramamine when I’d go on a vacation with my family. The Dramamine would be make so tired that I would fall asleep as soon as we got to our destination. Even the non-drowsy formula still made me feel sleepy.
So I searched for something natural with no side effects and that is when I found Hyland’s Motion Sickness tablets. I take two to three of these dissolvable tablets about a half hour before a long car trip and I do not feel as nauseous as I normally would. I am able to carry a conversation with the driver and feel a lot less queasy.
Another thing that helps me is making sure that my stomach is full. I notice that when I’ve barely eaten and my stomach is fairly empty, that I feel much sicker during a car trip. So make sure to eat something and not go hungry. Usually for me, a soft pretzel will help me to feel full and help to prevent nausea. Just don’t overeat to the point where you make yourself feel nauseous before you even get into the car.
You could carry food with you or stop at a rest stop for some food if you have been traveling for a long time. Try not to let yourself go too long without eating or you may end up feeling sicker.
There are bands that you can place around your wrist called Sea Bands and they are used to prevent motion sickness. The bands apply pressure to your wrists and this is known as accupressure. It is supposed to help prevent nausea and sickness while traveling. However, this product did not work for me but it does work for other people.
Ginger can also help with nausea. Try taking a ginger supplement or drinking a glass of ginger ale to help with motion sickness. There is even a product called ginger gum. You could try purchasing ginger gum and chew it during the ride. Unfortunately, ginger does not help me with motion sickness. It does help other people I know who suffer from motion sickness though.
Sitting up front in a car, instead of the back, will help some people with their motion sickness. Focusing on the road helps me. I often request to sit in the front of the car due to my motion sickness. Even so, I have still have had times where I felt sick in the front seat too, but the back seat is much worse for me.
Make sure you are getting enough air. If the weather is hot, make sure the car is cool putting the air on. If the weather is cold and the heat is on, sometimes this can make a person feel sick as well. In that case, you could roll down a window a little bit and try to get some fresh air. Fresh air and cool air usually helps me. When it’s hot in the car, I tend to feel much sicker.
I notice that when I am driver, I tend not get motion sick. If you have your driver’s license and are going on a long car ride with someone, maybe you could offer to drive. Driving tends to act as a distraction. Plus, you are focusing on the road, which seems to help a lot.
Most of these ways help me with motion sickness, except for a few that I had mentioned. I know just how terrible it feels to be motion sick while traveling so I hope this article can help other people as well.