Ways to stop travel sickness this summer

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Are you planning a summer vacation? Usually, such trips are a joy. If you regularly suffer from travel sickness, they can leave you feeling anxious before they even begin.

With around 1 in 3 people suffering from travel sickness, this condition is far from unusual. It’s believed it arises when there’s an imbalance between the signals your brain receives from the eyes versus those it receives from the ears. When your state of motion doesn’t quite match the image it’s seeing, nausea, dizziness, and vomiting occur.

If you’d rather avoid travel sickness this summer, following a few simple tips will help:

Avoid heavy meals before your journey

If you’re susceptible to travel sickness, eating a heavy meal before your journey amplifies the problem. When your guts are battling against waves of nausea, they’re more likely to evacuate whatever’s remaining inside them. Try eating a light meal on the morning of your journey and avoid greasy snacks throughout.

Choose your seats carefully

Unfortunately, you probably don’t have a lot of options when it comes to seat choices in a car, but sitting in the front may help. If you’re traveling by plane, always book a seat in the middle rather than at the back or the front. As for boats, cabins based on the lower deck appear to yield the best results. Should you find yourself on a train, choose a forward-facing seat to keep nausea at bay.

Snack on ginger

It’s thought that ginger slows down your GI tract, resulting in a reduction in nausea and sickness. It may help to choose your source of ginger before you travel. Lots of people prefer ginger cookies, as they have a sweetness that takes away the spice’s bitter edge. However, tea, soda, lozenges, and candied ginger are also available.

Take a motion sickness medication

Diphenhydramine, Phenergan, and Dramamine are all effective motion sickness medications. As all three are likely to cause drowsiness, you should avoid taking them if you’re driving for part of the journey. This also means you can’t drink alcohol with them, as it’s likely to make the drowsiness work.

Finally, you could also try motion sickness bands. There isn’t much strong evidence to support their use, but they do place pressure on areas associated with treating travel sickness. After experimenting with different preventative measures, you may find the perfect one for keeping your sickness away.

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Laura McKeever
Laura has been a freelance medical writer for eight years. With a BSc in Medical Sciences and an MSc in Physician Assistant Studies, she complements her passion for medical news with real-life experiences. Laura’s most significant experience included writing for international pharmaceutical brands, including GSK.