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As a child, the best motion sickness remedies were not something I worried about. However, when my oldest son was born in 2003, I suddenly found that I would get carsick. At first, I thought I was just coming down with a bug, but when I got out of the car and felt fine for hours, then felt bad as soon as I got back in, I realized that I had finally learned what my poor mom and sister dealt with for years. Motion sickness is an affliction that is truly horrible. So, after years of sharing about our vacations with you, I decided to share some of my best motion sickness remedies.
Best Motion Sickness Remedies For Road Trips
As we hit the road to vacation, go on business trips, or most recently looking at homes out of state for our upcoming move, motion sickness is sure to rear its ugly head. I hate feeling sick in the car, but I also hate feeling overly medicated. I have tried a lot of things in the past, but these are some of my favorite and best motion sickness remedies for road trips.
Always pack Dramamine. I had heard of Dramamine for many years, but it wasn’t until my youngest was a baby that I actually purchased the little tablets and started keeping them in my purse. My only problem was how sleepy they made me, and that wasn’t always convenient when traveling. I was excited to test out the Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals on our recent trip from Arkansas to Michigan.
The Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals is formulated with the specific dose of ginger that has been clinically-tested for treatment and prevention of motion sickness. While I have used various ginger supplements in the past, I found that this was easy to take and definitely helped settled my queasy stomach in record time. They fit easily into my luggage and went right alongside my bottle of water in the car when we stepped out to look around the state.
Wear glasses instead of contact lenses. Strangely enough, this is a big thing for me in helping with motion sickness if I don’t have myDramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals on hand. I have found that wearing my contact lenses when we travel tends to leave my eyes dry and tired. That results in a headache which will result in me becoming nauseated much easier in the car or on an airplane.
Stay hydrated. When you don’t feel well, staying hydrated is really hard. However, dehydration can make things a lot worse. I always try to drink plenty before we hit the road and keep both bottled water and an electrolyte drink on hand. Even small sips can help you to stay hydrated. Especially when traveling in the heat of the summer months. I also like to add slices of lemon to my bottled water since citrus often helps with nausea.
Don’t eat too much or too little. One big issue I have found is that when I travel on an empty stomach I tend to get sick easier. The same happens when I eat too much. I prefer to eat at least an hour before getting into the car for a long trip so that my stomach isn’t empty or overly full. When we stop for meals on the road, I make sure to eat simple meals that aren’t too spicy or greasy, and of course, not overindulge.
Use aromatherapy. It is well known that citrus, mint, and ginger can be great aromatherapy choices for when you are feeling unsettled. I like to use essential oil jewelry while traveling since it helps keep the smell mild yet always nearby.
Best Motion Sickness Remedies For Planes & Boats: All of the above will work great, except perhaps for where you sit. While I don’t know how others feel, for me personally these tips are ideal for riding on a boat or taking a flight.
- Find a seat or stand on a boat facing the direction you are going.
- Avoid looking down over the side of the boat.
- Avoid smells from fish, etc. that are being caught that can be pungent and cause nausea.
- On planes, take an aisle seat. This gives you more room, and makes it easy to get up if you feel the need to be sick.
- On planes, keep the air directed on you to stay cool and feel fresher air circulation.
- On planes, sit behind the wings or closer to the back of the plane. This is a personal preference that has been tested over and over for ME and I find that I only have motion sickness flying when in front of the wings.
If you too struggle with being carsick or just having motion sickness from airplane travel, being on the water, or amusement park rides, these are my best motion sickness remedies to suggest to you. Make sure to always keep Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals on hand, and the other tips on reserve.
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