Motion Sickness Prevention for Long Car Rides

Kim Conte

summer vacation guide

carI 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?

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