Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness

If you get motion sickness, the idea of a day trip or road trip is not always something to look forward to. People also refer to motion sickness as car sick, sea sick, or air sickness. There are some things that can aggravate motion sickness more.  Here are some tip to help prevent it and what to do if you're already in the throws of motion sickness. 

Preventative Steps: 
  • Taking a motion sickness medication, like Dramamine before getting in the car, plane, or boat Avoid reading in the car. The conflicting messages to the brain of the concentration on a book and the motion around you can cause the motion sickness symptoms to start. 
  • Avoid eating greasy foods, consuming alcohol, or other heavy foods before getting in the vehicle. 
  • Being in the driver's seat, front passenger seat, or sitting in a middle seat has a better advantage than sitting in the back seat or by the windows.
  • Crack a window. The fresh air can help prevent motion sickness
  • Avoid any strong smells in the car such as certain foods, strong air fresheners, etc.
  • Keep a motion sickness medication in the car for the trip back if you 'll be gone a while.
  • Choose drinks in the car wisely.  If you know you're prone to motion sickness things like water, ginger ale, or tea are a better choice than things like milk, sugary drinks, or alcohol. 
  • Some people say certain cents like ginger or peppermint can help with nausea. Keeping a bottle of essential oil or ginger or peppermint candy might help.
What to do if you're already don't feel well:
  • Open a window.
  • If possible pull over or have the driver pull over and get out of the vehicle. Getting fresh and and stopping the motion can help lessen the symptoms
  • Try closing your eyes. If possible even take a nap.  This again can eliminate the conflicting messages to your brain.
  • With motion sickness, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure. 

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