6 Tricks to Prevent the Travel Sicks

When you’re on vacation, don’t let motion sickness spoil your good time! If you tend to turn green in a car or suffer from seasickness on a boat, then these tips have your name written all over them:

Book the bigger ship. Try a big ship cruise, rather than that romantic bareboat charter. The bigger the boat, the more stable it is in the water. And that will make you feel more stable, too.
Carefully select your seat. Sit in the most stable section of a moving vehicle—midship on a boat, the middle of a bus, over the wings in a plane, the first car of a train, and the front seat of a car.
Face forward. Don’t ride backward on a train or a boat. If you face forward, you’re more likely to prevent motion sickness.
Ban odor. Avoid strong odors as much as possible before and during trips. On road trips, don’t get in the car with fast food. And keep the fresh air flowing. If you are sealed up in a plane, make sure the air vent over your seat is working.
Don’t read. Reading while in motion can make you queasy, so don’t follow the trip’s progress by staring at the map or pass the time by delving into a book.
Calm the queasiness. If, no matter how hard you try, you still wind up with an upset stomach, try these quick tricks to soothe it:

  • Sip only clear liquids such as ginger ale, plain water, or soothing teas.
  • Make ginger tea by boiling a quarter-size piece of ginger in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.
  • Grab an uncut lemon, and scratch into the peel. Now sniff the clean, fresh citrus scent.
  • When your appetite returns, opt for bland food, such as applesauce, plain rice, or dry toast.
  • Note: If your nausea is accompanied by chest pain, sweating, or shortness of breath, call your doctor right away. These symptoms could indicate a heart attack.

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