Road trips can be hectic and discomforting if you have travel sickness. Travel sickness is also known as motion sickness. It is experienced while traveling in cars, on the sea, and while being in the air. Motion sickness occurs when your brain is unable to understand the signals being sent to it by your ears, eyes, and other parts of the body. Motion sickness can cause sweating, constant discomfort / irritation, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, and so on.
All these symptoms can make traveling extremely uncomfortable and scary. In this article, we discuss some ways through which you can prevent motion sickness.
10 ways to avoid motion sickness
1. Avoid eating right before
Eating or drinking right before a car ride or eating and drinking heavily can increase your chances of travel sickness. Eating heavy can cause discomfort as it is, this combined with motion sickness can cause nausea and even vomiting.
2. Do not drink
Drinking is another substance that induces nausea and vomiting. Alcohol also causes dehydration which might cause headaches and nausea.
3. Pick car diffusers carefully
Strong smells can also induce vomiting or trigger motion sickness. On the other hand, some scents or diffusers might soothe the mind. Take your time to find a subtle scent for your car which does not make you uncomfortable.
4. Pick the correct seat
Middle seats or just the seats at the back can induce motion sickness. Seating in the front passenger seat has been proven to be best for people that have motion sickness.
5. Avoid high-concentration activities
Reading a book, being on your phone, and other activities that require concentration and constant eye focus can increase your chances of feeling sick.
6. Check ventilation
A constant flow of fresh and clean air can help keep the motion sickness away. Proper ventilation reduces the chances of you feeling nauseated.
Even a normal amount of stimulation can trigger motion sickness. The motion, the scent, etc. may be too overwhelming. Taking a nap between the car ride can help you get through the travel.
8. Have a gum
Chewing on gum can also help reduce and prevent motion sickness. Chewing releases certain chemicals that might help you stay diverted.
9. Listen to music
Listening to music is a great way to ensure you do not feel motion sickness. It is also a much better alternative to reading a book and using your phone if you want to keep yourself busy. Listening to music releases chemicals and hormones that make you feel elevated. Listening to music might even cure you of any pre-existing symptoms of travel sickness.
Overthinking or overstimulation can both trigger motion sickness. One of the best ways to keep your mind diverted is to engage with everybody else in the car. Having conversations can help you keep busy. If you are traveling alone, call up a friend.
In conclusion, your surroundings play a significant role in the severity of your motion sickness. Keeping these things in mind before a car ride and taking precautionary steps can help you prevent motion sickness altogether. Besides this, there are various medications that may also be helpful. If you are planning to take a road trip it is ideal to talk to a physician and take the necessary medications. Medications may be more effective along with these precautions.
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