Just about anyone can get motion sickness. Kids ages 2-12 get it very easily, while infants and toddlers seem relatively immune. But for everyone else, riding in a car, boat, train or plane can bring on unsettling feelings of nausea and dizziness. But why? Let’s dig into the causes, symptoms and treatment of motion sickness.
- Antiemetics—such as the Bonine® once daily travel tablet—are over-the-counter medications that help relieve nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness.
- A motion sickness patch.
- Acupressure bracelets may help in the same way as acupuncture by putting pressure on certain points of the body.
- Ginger, a traditional remedy for nausea, may help with motion sickness.
- Peppermint is another herb that may help.
Taking Bonine® right before you travel can help keep motion sickness at bay. For other ways to stop motion sickness from being your traveling companion, consider this list of dos and don’ts.
- In a car: Offer to drive. If you can’t drive, sit in the front seat. Keep the air vent on your face.
- On a boat: Choose a central cabin and watch the horizon to settle your senses.
- On a plane: Choose a seat over the wing. Keep the air vent on your face. Remember to eat light, low-calorie meals and snacks in the 24 hours before your flight.
- Breathe deeply through your mouth, not your nose.
- Look out the window at a stationary point.
- Drink caffeinated beverages. Ginger ale is especially calming to your stomach.
- Eat dry crackers.
- Carry mint- or ginger-flavored lozenges with you to help with nausea.
- Keep your head still, resting on a seat back, for instance.
- Take your motion sickness medication – like Bonine® – before you travel.
- In a car: Avoid reading, sitting in the rear of the car, or sitting backward.
- On a boat: Stay above deck if possible. Stuffy quarters without a horizon view can make your sickness worse.
- On a train: Avoid sitting backward.
- On a plane: Avoid sitting in the rear of the plane.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking makes nausea worse.
- Avoid big, greasy meals and alcohol before travel.
- Avoid traveling on an empty stomach. An empty stomach can be just as bad as one with the wrong foods in it.
- Don’t bring strong-smelling foods or snacks.
- Don’t forget to take a motion sickness medication – like Bonine® – before you travel.