Effective Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness

Conquer Motion Sickness and Enjoy Your Travels with These Tips and Products

Does motion or travel sickness ruin your road trips and boat excursions? Andie here, and I used to suffer from severe motion sickness too. I thought I would spend my entire boat ride with my head in a bag. The usual advice didn’t work for me, like staring at the horizon or sitting in the front of the vehicle. But don’t worry, I’ve found a way to manage it and enjoy my travels to the fullest. Here are my top tips and the three products I swear by to avoid or relieve motion sickness.

a man looks out over the water from inside a small tour boat in St. Thomas.

Prepare Your Body

Hydration is key. Although the scientific reasoning is unclear, staying hydrated is always a good policy. Start drinking water with electrolytes before your journey. However, hydration alone may not prevent travel sickness, so continue reading for more tips.

Eat some food. Eating a regular meal before your trip can help prevent feeling sick. Additionally, consuming frequent small snacks during the excursion can further reduce the chances of nausea. Just avoid fried, fatty, and spicy foods.

Drink. Surprisingly, if you are of legal drinking age and can do so healthfully, having an alcoholic beverage might help alleviate motion sickness symptoms. However, moderation is key – one drink should be enough to take the edge off.

Be A Quitter

There’s no shame in admitting when you’re feeling awful. Here’s what you can do to give yourself a break:

Get some fresh air. If possible, step outside on a boat or crack the windows of a car to promote air circulation.

Stop. If you can safely pull over or find a parking space, take a break and allow your body to settle. Take a walk, stretch, and wait until you feel better before continuing your journey.

Take the wheel. If you’re less likely to feel ill when driving, consider taking turns with your travel partner. This way, you can handle the winding or hilly stretches while they navigate the smoother, straighter roads.

Lay down. If stopping or driving yourself isn’t an option, try lying down or slouching low in your seat and closing your eyes. This alternative method has worked wonders for me and allows me to keep my stomach settled, even if it’s not the ideal way to enjoy a boat ride.

3 Products I Swear By To Avoid Or Relieve Motion Sickness

In addition to taking care of your body, these three products can greatly help prevent or alleviate motion sickness. I rarely experience any nausea now, and when I do, product #3 always does the trick. Let me know in the comments if these work well for you:

Bonine

a package of Bonine medicine for motion sickness

Out of the over-the-counter options, Bonine is my preferred choice because it doesn’t make me feel drowsy. Taking one tablet about an hour before a road or boat trip ensures a great day ahead without any motion sickness symptoms. However, always consult a doctor before taking any medication.

Acupressure Wristbands

package of Sea-Band Anti Nausea Wristbands and a graphic explaining how they work.

I wear these acupressure wristbands as an additional measure of comfort on boats, where I tend to be most sensitive. While their effectiveness is uncertain, I continue to wear them because they are drug-free, cost-effective, and easy to carry. Putting them on before setting sail is part of my pre-travel routine.

Ginger Candies

Gin Gins ginger candies are my personal favorite. They not only taste delicious but also contain real, fresh ginger. I even chew on one as a preemptive measure because they are enjoyable. However, whenever I start to feel queasy, having one of these candies quickly settles my stomach. If I had to choose only one of these tips and products, this would be it.

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Are You Ready To Go?

Feeling confident now to try that cruise or road trip you’ve always wanted? I sure hope so. Let these upcoming travels inspire you:

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