If you suffer from motion sickness, it can make the trip of a lifetime seem like the journey to hell. Motion sickness can affect anyone at any age. Don’t worry, there are things you can do to alleviate and prevent motion sickness.
If you have a long car ride, airplane trip or cruise coming up, be prepared. With the right preparation, you can have an enjoyable time, without being sick.
- Prepare your environment. If you’re taking a car ride, and you or one of your passengers experiences motion sickness, take along a plastic bag just in case. Don’t use a clear bag, or if you do, double bag it in a brown paper bag. You can get the ones from the airplane and stock it in your car. Pack along some extra clothes just in case you make a mess.
- Use a menthol inhaler. There are inhalers you can purchase that contain essential oils, such as camphor, menthol, eucalyptus and peppermint oil. Breathing in the vapors relieves the queasy feeling associated with motion sickness. You can even rub the oil on your temples. These are marketed in Asian stores as cold inhalants, but can also be used to relieve motion sickness.
- Use acupressure. This is a quick and inexpensive way to relieve motion sickness without the use of any medication. Hold your palm face up. With the other hand, put together three fingers, the index finger to the ring finger. Lay the three fingers at the end of your palm as if you are taking your pulse. The area where the index finger lands is the acupressure point to relieve your motion sickness. Apply pressure to the center of it, using small circular motions.
- Wear a motion sickness bracelet. You can purchase it online or in catalogues. It is a hard metal bracelet that is worn on the wrist. By wearing it, the acupressure point that relieves motion sickness is activated.
- Make sure you get enough sleep the night before the trip and you aren’t hungry when you travel.
- Eat a salty snack. The sodium in the snack actually helps alleviate motion sickness, so eat those airline peanuts or pack a bag of potato chips.
- Try chewing on ginger. This is recommended for extreme sea sickness. It’s not very pleasant, but better than being sick.
- Get fresh air. Open the windows of the car. If you are on a boat, go above deck and breathe in the clean sea air.
- Do visualization techniques. Imagine yourself strong and able to handle the movement of your vehicle. Visualize a clear white light surrounding you and strengthening you. Imagine the bad feeling ebbing away from you, replacing it with a feeling of control, strength and serenity.
- Do not read in a moving vehicle. Distracting yourself by reading may actually aggravate your motion sickness. It’s better to go to sleep or find a focal point outside the car, such as a far away signpost of look at cloud formations.
- Talk to your doctor and take medication. Dramamine is a popular medication for those suffering motion sickness. Take it thirty minutes before the trip. It won’t work if you take it when you are already feeling sick. It does cause drowsiness, which is one method of preventing feeling sick.
If all else fails, find the quickest way to travel to any destination. If on a cruise, tell the ship purser you cannot continue and they should let your disembark at the first stop.