Do any of your family suffer from travel sickness? Our Gwen does. It’s ruined many an otherwise pleasant journey. We’ve invited Luke Adams to share some tips on how to avoid travel sickness when we’re on one of our family road trips.
Motion sickness caused by any kind of travel is more common than you might think. Anyone can experience it, although it’s more common in women and children aged 3 to 12, according to the NHS. They list symptoms as:
- Pale skin
- Cold sweat
- An increase in saliva
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Extreme tiredness
It’s easy to understand why people would want to avoid travel sickness. But how do you? We’ve gathered six top tips to help your trip run smoothly. Check them out:
1. Anti-nausea tablets
One of the easiest ways to tackle travel sickness is to take anti-nausea tablets. If you know you suffer badly, and won’t have time to stop for fresh air and regular breaks, it’s worth taking some with you. Depending on your child’s age, they might become your new best friend for tackling sickness.
2. Acupressure wrist bands
If you’d rather avoid tablets, you could try acupressure wrist bands. A lot of people find these motion sickness bands and bracelets helpful and very effective. This is particularly the case on shorter car trips, but they can also help on long journeys and on cruise ships.
Not everyone finds they work though – although this could be to do with incorrect placement. To check you’re putting your band in the right place to tackle motion sickness, check out this guide.
3. Try and stay away from screens
If you’re travelling by car, good ventilation and moving scenery can ward off nausea. But that’s no good if you’re sat staring at a screen. So keep those windows wound down low and try to look out as much as possible. Although as Compare Travel Insurance admits, telling your kids to avoid books, comics and video games will not make you the most popular of parents. But it’s worth it if you can avoid any symptoms developing as you progress on your journey.
4. Watch what you eat
If you’re travelling by plane, the University of Maryland Medical Center has a few tips for your diet before flying. These include avoiding big, greasy meals and alcohol the night before, as well as staying clear of salty foods and dairy products before you travel. Instead, you should be eating light meals or snacks that are low in calories in the 24 hours before air travel.
5. Take breaks
If you’re flying, you obviously can’t get any fresh air – but make sure you’ve given yourself plenty of time beforehand to spend some time outdoors. When you’re driving, it’s easier to schedule in some time to get out and walk about. It might take longer to travel when you suffer with travel sickness, due to the need for breaks, but it will make the journey more comfortable for you.
6. Try to sleep
Last but not least, if you know you – or your kids – really struggle with travel sickness, try and get some shut eye and sleep through it. Travelling at night will make this easier. Wear some comfortable clothes and, if possible, pack a pillow so you can get settled before the motion hits you.
How do you cope with travel sickness? Share your suggestions with us.
This post is a collaboration with Luke Adams and may contain affiliate links. Thanks for helping us out with your tips, Luke!