I get the WORST motion sickness on long car rides. Trust me, it's not pretty. And because we're planning a road trip from Chicago to Florida this summer to visit family, I've decided to do a little research on some tips for preventing motion sickness—for the sake of everyone's sanity.
The Mayo Clinic has some excellent tips for preventing motion sickness in both adults and kids:
- Focus attention elsewhere. Try to distract from that queasy feeling by looking out the front window or having a conversation. For kids, it's always good to have a toy (not a book!) or interactive car game like "I Spy" ready to divert their attention.
- Eat before the trip. Hunger can actually make motion sickness symptoms worse. Be sure to avoid overly sugary, salty, or greasy foods, which can irritate the stomach.
- Cool air helps. Air conditioning or fresh air from an open window can work wonders.
- Make frequent stops. Taking a break from driving can alleviate symptoms.
Some snacks and beverages that make also help to prevent or alleviate motion sickness and settle an upset stomach include: ginger snaps (ginger is a traditional remedy for nausea), saltines, fresh water, peppermints, lollipops, and ginger ale.
I've also heard that some people have luck with wristbands and over-the-counter medicine like Drammamine or Benadryl, but I have yet to try these.
What are your tips for preventing motion sickness?