6 Steps To Motion Sickness-Free Travel
A few months back, I embarked on a road trip to Baltimore (short, but it still counts!) with a few college friends in order to visit a mutual friend. Now, I must say…for years, I was in complete denial that I ever actually developed motion sickness. I made a million different excuses for getting sick, including my sister’s horrible driving, being anxious to fly, and even a woman’s nail polish stench on a bus ride to Atlantic City (I still can’t believe she thought an enclosed bus ride was the right time to touch up her polish). However, I finally realized that I was experiencing the traditional symptoms of motion sickness. And you know what I decided…I was going to fight it.
I have outlined six ways that you can prevent motion sickness on all your journeys without having to compromise your vacation:
Opt for Medication: I am in no way promoting the use of over-the-counter medications, but personally, I make a point to stop at the drugstore prior to any long trips. I arm myself with a travel-sized bottle of less drowsy Dromamine (or a comparable sleeping aid) and am on my way. Just make sure to check with your doctor before adopting this method.
Keep Your Mind Occupied: It’s quite true that the more you try not thinking about something, the more you actually will keep thinking about it. So, in this case, you should try to keep your mind off of the possibility of motion sickness by busying yourself. My main suggestions are jamming to customized music playlists (road trip sing-a-longs, here we come!), having conversation (which is especially great when you haven’t seen your fellow travelers for quite some time), and doing a whole lot of laughing (yes, even laughing can certainly make the time fly!).
Sit Shotgun: Every single trip I embark on, I make sure that I always always always follow this rule. I do everything I can to sit at the front of the bus, trolley and even the car. While I may be one of the few people who love watching the road out of the bus’s front window while cruising down Route 422, it’s a small price to pay in order to keep your motion sickness at bay (trust me!).
Zzzzzz…. Sleeping through motion sickness is one of the best preventions (and most commonly practiced as well). Depending on which form of transportation you take, it can be difficult to recline in your seat (even though you’re dying to!). However, if it’s either motion sickness or sleeping, you will become a master at the art of sleeping while sitting straight up. Not to toot my own horn, but I am indeed an artist at this method. You could become one too!
Don’t Forget Your Peppermint: While I know that this is a remedy that has been around for decades, I’ve found that it really works! Popping a mint in your mouth or chewing gum can help settle your stomach and as an awesome bonus, can give you extra minty breath for when you reach your destination. Stock up on your peppermint candy of choice and hit the road!
Avoid Potent Odors: I cannot tell you how inconsiderate people are on subways, trains, planes, you name it. People bring the most disgusting foods and drinks on trips, without even considering that not every single person finds it so delicious (I love sushi as much as the next person, but I’d rather not smell it for the entire trolley ride home from work). A seat change is always preferable, but not always possible. When all else fails, try to use your sweetest smile and kindest voice to ask the owner of the odor to either put it away or dispose of it ASAP.
Now get traveling…but leave that motion sickness at home!!
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