Travelling can be one of the most rewarding life experiences. But what happens when that plane, boat, train, or car makes you feel incredibly motion sick? Motion sickness occurs when the motion sensed in your inner ear doesn’t match the motion you see or feel. So if you can’t see the movement or feel the movement, you might start to feel uneasy. Uneasiness can quickly turn into sweating, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. Before travelling, here are the best methods to help prevent motion sickness.

1. Get in the Driver’s Seat

Driving a car instead of being a passenger can help combat motion sickness. Driving uses motor commands to control the car’s motions and helps keep any queasiness at bay. While this method doesn’t particularly help airplane,boat or train travel, it’s suggested you choose a seat to your advantage. If you have the option, choose a middle-of-the-aircraft seat over the wing which is typically least turbulent. If you’re on a ship, opt for a lower level cabin near the center which also experiences less motion than the higher or outer cabins.

2. Let There Be Air

Fresh air or even some type of vent blowing air against your face often helps stave away motion sickness or relieve it after it’s struck.

3. Don’t Overeat

Before getting on an airplane, boat, train, or car, don’t binge on a giant meal. It’s also probably not the best time to try a new food or foods you might be sensitive to like spicy or fat-rich fare. Mixed with the motion, your stomach might not fare too well!

4. Don’t Under-Eat Either

Sometimes being hungry can cause an unsettled stomach too.Eating relatively mild foods before jumping aboard your transportation is most conservative. And if you feel motion sickness coming on, try nibbling on some dry crackers to sooth your stomach and keep it occupied.

5. Watch Your Beverages

Alert to all coffee drinkers! Excessive caffeine can trigger or intensify motion sickness. Additionally, alcohol before or during your trip can have the same consequence.

6. Avoid Strong Odors

Sharp smells can trigger headaches and nausea, even if the scent is pleasant. If you know you get woozy on trains, boats, planes, or cars, try to avoid strong foods, perfumes, or air fresheners.

7. Change Position

Help your sensory system become more congruent by changing your position. For instance, lying down on a boat has been cited to help seasickness. Sitting front-facing on a train or bus while keeping your eyes on the horizon also helps your sensory system.

8. Lay on the Distractions

Blast your favorite tunes or talk with your friends and family to get your mind off queasiness.

9. Verbal Placebos

Many people swear that motion sickness is, in part, believing you’ll become sick so you end up feeling sick. Reassuring yourself that “I don’t get motion sickness” might help some get out of their head and enjoy their journey!

10. Ginger or Peppermint Lozenge/Gum

Don’t believe in verbal placebos? Ginger is one of the oldest and most popular natural remedies for motion sickness. Since not many people carry around ginger lozenges, try popping a peppermint, as some people find mint to be soothing too.

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