How to avoid travel sickness

How to avoid travel sickness

How to avoid travel sickness

Travel sickness can result from both motion-induced nausea, and vomiting and diarrhoea from infection with bugs while you’re on the move. Take these precautions to prevent or manage travel sickness.

Avoiding motion sickness

Travel sickness pills are effective for nausea, but can cause drowsiness. Try these simple strategies to minimise the problem instead.
• Try closing your eyes or looking into the distance at something in a fixed position or at the horizon.
• Try deep breathing.
• Play music and sing along.
• Ensure adequate ventilation.
• Take a flask of ginger tea: ginger is a tried-and-tested nausea relief.
• Schedule regular stops – at least once an hour.
• On arrival, lie down, close your eyes and keep your head still until the feeling of movement passes.

Avoiding stomach bugs when travelling

The best defence against picking up intestinal bugs is to wash your hands well and often. If you’re travelling in an area where access to soap and water is difficult, then make sure you pack a gel hand sanitiser, and use it before meals and frequently throughout the day. And don’t forget to wear covered shoes in endemic areas, to avoid picking up any infections on your skin. The rule for not drinking local water always applies, wherever you’re travelling.