Loco from motion

11th January, 2017
Georgia South

The trip just feels so much longer – seemingly endless – when you are dizzy, nauseous, have a headache and feel like fainting. These are just a few motion sickness symptoms, all caused by the disconnection between what your eyes are seeing and how your inner ear is balancing. Luckily, the symptoms of motion sickness subside soon after the motion stops.

Travel tips

It’s believed that motion sickness can also be minimised by anticipating the motion. If you are in the driver’s seat and control the motion, you don’t get travel sick at all. Next best is to sit in the front passenger’s seat, next to the driver. In a boat, being with the skipper can help too, or choose a spot in the middle of the boat where it is most stable.

The least noisy and most comfortably stable place to sit in a plane is over the wing, or in a seat in front of the wing. Choose a window seat too.

Wherever possible, keep your eye on the horizon and your head still. If in a car, open the window for fresh air, listen to music or try to catch a nap. If you are prone to motion sickness, don’t attempt to read or navigate with a map while in a moving vehicle.

Medi help

There are plenty over the counter medications to help prevent travel sickness. They should be taken before starting your journey, so they have time to enter your system and start working. Hyoscine – often the active ingredient in motion sickness medication – blocks the confusing signals reaching your brain, preventing motion sickness symptoms. Skin patches containing medication also work well, especially if you are prone to vomiting when motion sick.

Natural options

Travel sickness wristbands that apply pressure to acupressure points also help to curb nausea from motion sickness. There are herbal remedies to try too.

  • Gingeris a favourite to ease nausea or an upset stomach. Snack on thin slices of raw ginger en route, or drink ginger tea made with fresh ginger and honey.
  • Peppermintin all forms helps to calm the stomach and ease nausea. Chew peppermint leaves, drink peppermint tea made with fresh mint or suck peppermint sweets while you drive.
  • Also good to settle the stomach and prevent nausea is apple cider vinegar. Drink two tablespoons of vinegar with a spoon of honey in warm water, about half an hour before leaving home on a journey.
  • The citric acid in lemonsis known to calm the stomach and prevent vomiting. Try drinking a glass of warm water with lemon juice and honey before leaving home, and take along some lemon wedges to suck en route.

Eating something small before heading off on a trip is also sound advice to help keep your stomach settled. Tea and a rusk, a few crackers, a small bowl of muesli – will keep your stomach happier than if it were empty.

Eating something small before heading off on a trip is also sound advice to help keep your stomach settled. Tea and a rusk, a few crackers, a small bowl of muesli – will keep your stomach happier than if it were empty.