Travel sickness is something that needs to be felt to be believed. So, if your stomach flips at the mere sight of a moving vehicle – we’re here to help deal with the drama.
What is Travel Sickness?
Some people see a beautiful boat. Others see a swaying machine that induces ripples of nausea. Some people see a car humming along the countryside. Others see a zooming engine across a dizzying road. And don’t get us started on aeroplanes!
Travel sickness, or motion sickness, is when conflicting signals are sent to the brain from the eyes and the inner ears (which is what our body uses for balance). This mismatch of information can occur when travelling as the eyes are often focused on a moving image while the body is still.
As the name suggests, coping with travel sickness is not pleasant. Symptoms can include spells of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, cold sweats and headaches.
Remedies for Travel Sickness
So your friends are bugging you to go on that summer road trip, but you can’t stomach even the thought. Don’t miss out on all the fun and instead subside the sickness with these helpful treatment options.
Take Travel Sickness Tablets
If you’ve identified that you’re prone to suffering from motion sickness, then it’s advisable to take hyoscine before travelling - however always check with a pharmacist to make sure they are suitable for you. Although they can reduce nausea and vomiting they do come with additional side effects including blurred vision, drowsiness and blurred vision.
Always ensure you take the recommended dose in the time frame to get effective results.
Alternative Tips & Tricks
Those with travel sickness know that it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to treating. But, you may find that one or a combination of these self-care remedies can help relieve symptoms:
- Look at a fixed spot. Staring at a stable object can help keep focus on one thing instead of a fast-moving image.
- Avoid large meals before travelling. It may sound simple enough, but we know how tempting that big burger can be at the motorway services!
- Close your eyes. This one has a mixed response, but sometimes a quick cat nap or time away from a moving image can help ease motion sickness symptoms.