When I was in high school (see photo: left), I went on this adventure trip one summer and went backpacking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and…ocean kayaking.
I liked backpacking and white water rafting a lot (and I’d love to do both again), but rock climbing scared me (to be quite honest). Ocean kayaking was an experience that I’m glad I had, but I probably wouldn’t choose to do it again.
…because the “gentle” rolling of the waves got the better of me…or my stomach, actually.
I had to throw up over the side of the kayak – several times.
Actually, I’m quite an expert on the topic of motion sickness overall because I have had the good fortune of throwing up in quite a few airports, airlines, boats, and vehicles across America and around the world. I even threw up on my way home from BlogHer last year (actually, that was because I was pregnant, but still…).
If you, your spouse, or one of your kids has a propensity toward motion sickness, it is wise to “think ahead” when planning vacations – to “prep” as much as possible to prevent or alleviate the symptoms.
Consider these 5 tips:
1. Drive. Traveling by car? Drive. I very rarely get sick when I’m the one behind the wheel. Obviously this one doesn’t work for kids, but I shouldn’t have to point that out, right?
2. Sit in the front. If you’re traveling in a group, don’t be shy. Don’t be gracious and let somebody else steal the passenger seat. I assure you that it’s more thoughtful to take the front seat than to be sick-to-your-stomach for the duration of the road trip.
3. Travel by night. By car or by air, I am much less likely to get bitten by the motion sickness mosquito if the sun isn’t shining overhead. I haven’t confirmed this tip by science, but it seems to work pretty well for me.
4. Have a little in your stomach, but not too much. This same rule applies for all you “crazies” that like to go on thriller rides at amusement parks. Don’t start your trip with an empty stomach. But don’t be overstuffed either. A comfortable “medium” is preferred. Eat a light, healthy meal before getting in the car or boarding the airplane. That’s a good rule of thumb for kids and adults, regardless of motion sickness tendencies.
5. Be a prepared packer. Pack a carry-on bag with “emergency” items: Ziploc gallon size bags, baby wipes, water bottles, stomach-neutralizing snacks (crackers are a good choice), and something to suck/chew on (gum/drops).
You may also want to stock up on a few of these products – just in case.
Sea Bands – Do these really work? I have no idea, but I often wear them when I travel anyway. They’re little “bracelets” that you wear on your wrist that put pressure on the “Nei Kuan acupressure point” to help prevent nausea. Anything that *might* help is a shoo-in, especially when they only cost about $8/pair.
Queasy Pops – Created with herbal and natural ingredients, these drops and pops are specifically designed to ease queasy tummies. There are several varieties to choose from – organic, kids, pops, or drops. There are quite a few flavors as well: Ginger, Banana, Natural Cola, Sour Raspberry, Green Tea with lemon, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Green Apple, and Papaya. The pops retail for between $3.95-$6.50 and are sold at maternity stores, some pharmacies, and on the Three Lollies website.
YOUR TURN: Do you (or does someone in your family) experience motion sickness? What cures/remedies would you recommend?
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