It’s nearing the end of summer and it’s time for one last vacation. You’ve been looking forward to this vacation for months, so don’t let a little—URP!—motion sickness spoil your good time. If you tend to turn green on curves in the car or suffer from mal de mer on a boat, then these tips have your name written all over them:
- Face forward. I always wondered why some people wouldn’t ride backward on a train or a boat. Now I realize it’s for balance. If you face forward when you travel, you’re more likely to prevent motion sickness.
- 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.
- Don’t read. Reading while in motion can make you queasy, so don’t follow the trip’s progress by staring at the map.
- Ban odor. Avoid strong odors before and during trips. At pit stops, for instance, make sure nobody gets in the car with a bag of fries or a double cheeseburger. And keep the fresh air flowing. If you are sealed up in a plane, make sure the air vent over your seat is working.
- Book the boat. Try a big ship cruise, rather than that romantic bareboat charter. The bigger the boat, the more stable it is in the water. It’ll be smooth sailing!
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to prevent it, you still wind up with an upset stomach. So here’s a few ways to quickly quell the queasies:
- Sip only clear liquids such as ginger ale, plain water, or soothing teas. Vomiting and diarrhea cause your body to lose a lot of liquid, which it’s important to replace.
- 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 finally returns, scout around the kitchen for bland food. Consider eating easy-to-digest applesauce, a little plain rice, dry toast, or even a mild cooked vegetable.
Note: If your nausea is accompanied by chest pain, sweating, or shortness of breath, call your doctor right away. These symptoms can indicate a heart attack.
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