Summer is here, and the cross-country trip you’ve been planning for months is around the corner. But are you prepared for motion sickness? Don’t let nausea stop you from your next adventure. Follow these 5 tips, and you will be ready for anything.
1. Know yourself
Some people get sick at the mere thought of a long car ride, but have no problems with trains. Same thing for boats vs. planes. Check out transportation alternatives and increase your chances of a comfortable trip.
2. Plan your meals
Eat an easily digestible meal 30 minutes to an hour before leaving, and pack light snacks (toast, crackers, apple slices) or a bag lunch to tide you over until you reach your destination. Eat small meals frequently and don’t let yourself get famished, or stuck with no option other than greasy fast food.
3. Take breaks
Fresh air and solid ground beneath your feet can help you maintain equilibrium during long car trips. Get out of the car regularly at rest stops, or at least open the window for a breeze while focusing your eyes on the horizon.
4. Pack an emergency bag
Bring absorbent towels, baby wipes, disposable plastic bags (for dirty towels and clothes), plenty of water (for re-hydration and cleaning), a change of clothes, and hand sanitizer. It’s better to be over-prepared than under.