How To Ease Travel Sickness This Summer
ravel sickness, whether it is receiving from:
brought on when travelling
by air, sea or car is a 1) Inner ears, which sense in
nightmare. If you are unprepared which directions you are moving
then the resulting mess and smell
can affect other people, 2) Eyes, which see what direction
spreading almost like a virulent you are moving
virus. On a plane or in the car
the smell can take ages to 3) Skin receptors, which detect
disappear - not ideal if you are which parts of your body are
at the start of a touring touching the ground
4) Muscles and joint sensory
Travel sickness and in particular receptors, which tell you if you
car sickness is often thought to are moving muscles and what
affect mostly children, however position you are in
medical opinion estimates that
80% of the population suffer from For example, if you are reading
motion sickness at some point in in a moving car, your inner ears
their lives. My daughter was fine and skin receptors are telling
until the age of 6, when we your brain that you are moving
discovered that the delay between forward, but your eyes are on a
announcing feeling sick and stationary book and your muscle
actually vomiting is so small as receptors reporting that you are
to be insignificant. Now 10, she sitting still. For some people
only reads on a motorway or dual this is OK, but for others some
carriageway. form of motion sickness will
start to build up.
Motion sickness occurs when the
brain can't match the information Motion sickness can take the form
of dizziness, fatigue, and nausea small amounts of something dry
which may progress to vomiting. such as crackers, crisps or
Fear of motion sickness can make biscuits before the journey,
these feelings a lot worse. don't eat any dairy products and
avoid salad and fruit as it can
So what can be done to avoid be acidic. If possible don't eat
motion sickness? When I was whilst on the trip.
involved in rallying 15 years ago
I was fine driving, but 2) Drink small amounts of non
navigating was a real problem. I natural drinks. Don't drink milk
loved it dearly but suffered or any natural juices such as
dreadfully with motion sickness. orange juice and others with
It got so bad on one event that I citric acid. Avoid alcohol.
could hardly walk when I finally
got out of the car. Whilst I was 3) Try anti motion sickness
never actually sick, the only way pills, either from you doctor or
I could stop the nausea was not homeopath.
to eat from getting up in the
morning to the event, which 4) Acupressure bands work well
generally started in the early for some people.
evening. I think you will agree
this is a bit extreme! 5) Studies have shown ginger root
can be effective against motion
If you often suffer from motion sickness. Ginger capsules are
sickness there are a few things available or you can try a dose
to try to make a journey more of about 1/2 teaspoon of dry
comfortable. powdered ginger, which is
equivalent to approximately 1/3
1) Avoid heavy meals for two ounce of fresh ginger root, which
hours before the journey. Eat is roughly a 1/4-inch slice.
3) Look at the distant scenery.
6) Avoid staring out the window
for long periods of time as this 4) Get some fresh air, but keep
can create motion sickness. warm.
7) Keep still and move gently. If 5) Avoid talking but try not
possible stay where there is the think about your motion sickness.
8) Don't read 6) Move gently, don't stand up or
9) Alternative remedies such as
EFT (or tapping), hypnosis or Sometimes the preventatives don't
acupuncture may help. work, so, particularly with
children in your nice clean car,
There are also a few things you it's worth being prepared. Having
can do to reduce the sensation of been car sick into my
motion sickness, even when it has grandmother's hat at a young age,
started. as a child I was used to
travelling with a quite frankly
1) Move to the point of least grotesque pink potty. Whilst this
movement. Try and sit in the would catch the offending
centre of the plane or in the substance, it didn't contain it
middle of the boat. On boats it particularly well, meaning having
often helps to lie down, although to stop the car to remove the
it might feel like the last thing contents and smell.
you want to do.
This wasn't too difficult in the
2) Sit facing forward. 60s and 70s, but with so much
traffic now it's not always easy
or safe to do. Plastic shopping children to use, they are deep so
bags offer little help. Designed reduce spillage and the top can
to just about hold together for be rolled down, retaining the
the trip home, they have holes in contents and the smell. Some sick
them, which prevent suffocation bags have a clip securing the
but reduce the ability to hold rolled down top and a flat
liquid. Another favourite, ice bottom, meaning they can stand up
cream tubs work better than the on the floor of the car, further
pink potty, but rely on the child reducing the risk of spillage.
to get the lid on without
spilling. Unfortunately they are As companies fight to bring costs
wide but not very deep making of air and ferry travel down sick
spillage a distinct possibility. bags are handed out almost on an
The best option is the sick bag, as needed basis. The days of
as used by airlines and ferries accumulating a stock of sick bags
for many years. Sick bags work from an air flight seem to be
brilliantly. They are simple for over.
About the Author:
Nigel West - having had car sick children and frustrated with not being able to find sick bags in the shops, Nigel and his wife set up Chuckie Bags, offering sick bags in small quantities to families with car sick children, and other sufferers of motion sickness, morning sickness and sudden nausea online at http://www.chuckiebags.com