7 Things You Can Do To Avoid Getting Motion Sick Before Traveling
Travelling is already stressful enough, so the last thing you want to do is add further stress and things to worry about to your travel checklist, such as the possibility of experiencing motion sickness. Whilst many of us encounter motion sickness at some point, with some more susceptible to it than others, there are numerous measures that you can put in place to prevent symptoms of motion sickness ruining your holiday. This step-by-step guide explores the dos and don’ts on the lead up to your journey and our top tips and tricks to avoid the effects of motion sickness whilst you are travelling.
To help start your journey on the right foot, the best thing to do is ensure you get a good night’s sleep as tiredness can cause you to be more vulnerable to motion sickness. Getting an adequate amount of sleep has many health benefits and assists more than just in avoiding the dreaded symptoms associated with motion sickness.
Waking up nice and early ready for your big day of travel ahead can be difficult without your pick-me-up to get you through the morning. Whilst caffeine may help you every other day, when it comes to traveling it is not recommended. In fact, caffeine can aggravate motion sickness and can lead to dehydration, which may only work to heighten your symptoms. Avoid energy drinks and coffee at least until you’ve reached your destination.
Much like caffeine, alcohol is a no go prior to travelling as it can lower your body’s resistance to handling motion sickness and nausea. Whilst nothing kicks off a holiday better than a celebratory drink, you may begin to regret the wine or two when the symptoms of motion symptoms begin to kick-in. Avoid indulging too much the night before travel and having drinks at the airport bar before you embark on your flight to prevent the onset of headaches or migraines and a queasy stomach.
Staying hydrated is a key factor to avoiding motion sickness. Maintaining electrolytes has many benefits for your body amongst preventing upset stomachs and nausea. Hydration is your best bet at combating motion related sickness. Be sure to drink in moderation, wake up and have a glass then continue to consume over the entire day, especially when you are traveling. On longer trips be sure to have water packed with you, it is one of the most important things to bring with your for your journey!
Prior to travel, you don’t want to eat too much, but at the same time, don’t go traveling on an empty stomach as it can increase the chance of nausea. It is vital to stick to the basics when it comes to food. Don’t eat anything that may aggravate your stomach such as greasy, processed, spicy or overly acidic foods. Avoiding exotic smells and foods that you know will cause a reaction or interfere with your senses is also important – now isn’t the time to experiment. If you are able to, bring along dry cracker, popcorn, fruits and vegetables to consume whilst you travel so you’re able to ensure you stay full and that your stomach doesn’t have any unwanted effects.
Where to Sit
Depending on the mode of transport, it is important you consider where you are seated. With car travel; sitting in the front seat helps to maintain your focus on the road, it gives you more space and has you in front of the air conditioner. For busses and trains it is important to be sat facing the way in which the vessel is traveling, to look across the window rather than out and to find a carriage that is air-conditioned. Another tip is to stay seated if you can, moving around a carriage or cabin can cause more movement that heightens the effects of nausea.
When you’re strapped in and on the move it’s important to occupy yourself. However, it is crucial you stay away from phone use and reading, for most these activities enhances the chance and impact of motion sickness. Keeping your mind off the movement going on around you can help calm your stomach. Listening to music is just one way you can preoccupy the mind. Looking forward out the window also helps to minimise the risk of motion sickness.
Whilst there are ways to limit the intensity in which motion sickness impacts them, taking precautions aren’t always the most effective way to avoid nausea. Sometimes the circumstances of travel can be out of your hands, and therefore making any meaningful attempt to avoid motion sickness is ineffective. Bod Lifestyle’s Antimetil Happy Travels is a way you might be able to combat and relieve these symptoms. Rich in concentrated ginger extract, it is known to minimise the symptoms of motion sickness; calming the stomach to prevent nausea. Fast acting and non-drowsy, make your travels more enjoyable with Antimetil Happy Travels.
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