6 top tips for avoiding travel sickness

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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
  • Dizziness
  • An increase in saliva
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • 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.

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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!



  • Sol Solntze
    April 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I used to suffer from car sickness terribly as a child. The only thing that really helped was growing up. But there is no way I’d have been able to use a screen (although I’m old, so it was rading a book back in them old days), and staring obsessively out of the window was also good. Plus a bit of fresh air.

    I’m so glad neither of my children seem to have my issues though!

    • Nell
      April 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      I never had it, but my daughter seems to have inherited my partner’s childhood affliction. I’m glad to hear you grew out of it.

  • Dave
    April 23, 2017 at 11:12 am

    You could also consider taking the Nevasic app with you – it’s been clinically trialled and proven effective and safe – no drugs, no side effects – use anywhere.

    • Nell
      April 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for the tip.

  • Christine @afamilyday
    April 23, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I still suffer, never grew out of it. I always drive but even felt sick driving the car along bendy roads last week! A couple more tips, focus on the horizon and have the window open if in a car. Sleeping works well for me too, particularly on boats.

    • Nell
      April 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Ah yes, boats. It must be horrid to suffer from sea-sickness too! Luckily it only seems to be cars that affect my daughter.

  • Sam |North East Family Fun Blog
    April 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Fab tips – luckily I haven’t suffered too much. I would add, make sure there is plenty of fresh air with a window down/air con.

  • Jane Welton
    October 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Great tips. I find peppermint helps, and although tablets are known to cause drowsiness my daughter and I haven’t noticed that with Kwells.

    • Nell
      November 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      We’ll have to give that a try – thanks. x


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