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How to Prevent Car Sickness

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For those with a tendency toward motion sickness, doing anything other than sitting in the car can be a bit of a challenge. In an effort to help, here are a few tips for dealing with and preventing car sickness on a road trip.

Plan ahead

If you already know getting into the car that you have a tendency toward serious motion sickness, consider a preventative medicine. These motion sickness medicines can help prevent your nausea altogether. But they may make you drowsy, so avoid taking them if you’re behind the wheel.

Watch your food choices

Make sure you have some water in the car to sip on, but avoiding chugging any massive amounts of liquid that could upset your stomach. Also, keep your snacks light and healthy. If you eat a large, greasy drive-thru meal and then hop in the car, your already-flipping stomach will definitely not agree with you.

Look up

If you are trying to read or write in the car, take periodic breaks. Look up at your surroundings and watch the road. That way, your body remembers you are still moving.

Try to sit up front

If you can, opt for the front seat. If you begin to get car sick, it helps to look out the window (and crack a window if it’s not too cold). By paying attention to your surroundings, your body will become more accustomed to the moving vehicle—and by sitting up front, you have more window space to look outside.

Avoid triggers

If your car sickness is really severe, avoid reading or writing at all costs. Instead, try listening to podcasts or an audiobook to pass the time. This will keep your brain occupied without forcing you to look down and aggravate your motion sickness.

 

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