How to Combat Travel Sickness
Unfortunately most holidays come with a certain amount of travelling, and this can cause a lot of distress for holidaymakers who suffer from motion sickness. Imagine instead of being excited, actually dreading the beginning and end of your holiday because you know you are going to feel awful.
- Travel or motion sickness is brought on by the motion of a car, train, plane or boat which changes the balance in the inner ear, and causes sickness, dizziness and sweating.
- To help travel sickness sufferers, here are our top tips to prevent motion sickness;
- Firstly, always sit facing the direction of travel, this will help you to know when there could be increased motion, and will help your body to adjust.
- If travelling by car, always sit in the front seat. Otherwise always choose a seat where you will experience the least motion, for example the middle deck of a boat.
- Try not to read or look down during the journey, you should try not to concentrate on anything except watching the road or route ahead.
- Try to focus on a fixed point ahead; it could be a bridge, a hill, a sign or even the horizon, this should help your body to adapt.
- Always try to sit near a source of fresh air or air conditioning; this should help to cool you down.
- Be careful what you eat or drink before the journey, try to avoid drinking lots of fluids, consuming alcohol, and being too full, all will not help and could make you feel more nauseous.
- You can purchase some herbal and over the counter remedies which can be extremely effective. For longer journeys, for example a cruise holiday, ask your Doctor for advice on prescription medication.