How to tackle Travel Sickness

Travel Sickness or Motion sickness is a term that describes an unpleasant combination of symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and vomiting, that can occur when you’re travelling.

It’s also sometimes known as travel sickness, seasickness, car sickness or air sickness.

Initial symptoms of motion sickness may include:

  • pale skin
  • cold sweat
  • dizziness
  • an increase in saliva
  • vomiting

Some people also experience additional symptoms, such as:

  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Head aches
  • drowsiness
  • extreme tiredness

While it may be impossible to prevent all cases of motion sickness, the following tips can help you prevent or lessen the severity of motion sickness:

  • Watch your consumption of foods, drinks, and alcohol before and during travel. Avoid excessive alcohol and foods or liquids.
  • Avoiding strong food odors may also help prevent nausea.
  • Try to choose a seat where you will experience the least motion. The middle of an airplane over the wing is the calmest area of an airplane. On a ship, those in lower level cabins near the center of a ship generally experience less motion than passengers in higher or outer cabins.
  • Do not sit facing backwards from your direction of travel.
  • Sit in the front seat of a car.
  • Do not read while traveling if you are prone to motion sickness.
  • When traveling by car or boat, it can sometimes help to keep your gaze fixed on the horizon or on a fixed point.
  • Open a vent or source of fresh air if possible.
  • Isolate yourself from others who may be suffering from motion sickness. Hearing others talk about motion sickness or seeing others becoming ill can sometimes make you feel ill yourself.
  • Ginger – Whether you chew it, suck on it or dilute it in tea ginger has long been a favorite home remedy for motion sickness. Give it a try.
  • Close your eyes – Many doctors believe that seasickness is actually your brain getting confused by too many mixed signals. So start to shut these signals down by removing smells, tastes hearing and vision. For the last two high quality earplugs and a comfortable eye mask may help.
  • Lay Down – Some say that lying down prevents histamine from reaching the brain, decreasing nausea. Try laying on your back to prevent your stomach from being pushed into the deck by your body weight.

So these are the ways you can control your travel sickness and save your trip from getting ruined. Let us know if you have more remedies to include into this list .

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