Travel sickness advice

To help you combat motion sickness further, we have put together a list of Do’s & Don’ts of drug-free self-help techniques, many of which you may already know. If you have any others please let us know and we will add them to our list.

Do

  • Where possible, fix your eyes on the horizon. This often helps relieve motion sickness because your eyes can better see the movement that your body is feeling.
  • When travelling in cars and vehicles, lean into the corners as if you were driving. This also helps your brain correlate signals better from your eyes and other spatial awareness body receptors.
  • Try to face the direction of travel.
  • Keep still. If possible, choose a cabin or seat in the middle of a boat or plane where you’ll feel the least movement. Use a pillow or headrest.
  • If possible open a nearby window to avoid getting too hot and to get plenty of fresh air.
  • Chew gum.
  • Keep well hydrated.
  • Avoid strong odours. In particular, use an air freshener or open a window to avoid the dreaded ‘New Car’ smell!
  • Relax – by listening to music, focusing on your breathing or carrying out a mental activity, such as counting backwards from 100.

Don’t

  • Read or play video or board games.
  • Eat while travelling but sucking sweets such as hard-boiled humbugs can help.
  • Eat a large meal or drink alcohol before travelling.
  • Keep saying “Are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet?” It can grate on your travelling companions! 😉

Habituation is a technique whereby exposure to motion can reduce the symptoms of motion sickness over time. Many sailors commonly refer to this as “getting their sea-legs”. Military personnel and astronauts endure habituation in special motion simulators which eventually reduces their symptoms. However, anyone can attempt to habituate to motion sickness, for example by getting on a ship whilst moored in harbour for several minutes a day for a few days prior to departure. The bad news is that the resistance to motion sickness which habituation brings wears off in a week or so. Much simpler to pick up a pair of TravelShades!