motion-sicknessMotion sickness, sometimes referred as travel sickness is a illness where you feel like vomiting while traveling. It can take off all your joy, thrill and excitement of picnic or trip. Some people are prone to motion sickness, and if you are one of them, here are some tips to avoid motion sickness and to enjoy your holiday trip fully with your friends.

What cause motion sickness?

Our mind keeps our balance by sensing the signal produce by our eyes, ears, muscles and skin. The liquid inside the inner ear gives the signal to brain about our movement. Our eyes send a signal about our movement and direction.  Muscle gives the signal to brain about in what position our body is and the skin senses that which part of our body is in touch with the ground. All these signals collected by our brain create a complete picture and keeps us balanced during our movement. When there is a difference in the partial image created by each signal, the brain become confused and results in motion sickness.  For example if you are reading a newspaper while traveling in a car, the liquid inside the ear send a signal about your movement, but your eyes send a signal that you are still. These signals confuse the brain and may result in travel sickness.

Tips to avoid motion sickness:

  1. Avoid taking heavy meals before traveling.
  2. Keep anti-motion sickness pills with you just in case of emergency.
  3. Always take a seat in the vehicle where you can sit facing forward (In the direction of vehicle movement). Avoid taking side or back seats.
  4. Look outside from the vehicle instead of just looking within.  This way your eyes will start intercepting that you are moving
  5. Take center seat in the bus because this is the place where you feel least movement.
  6. Lemon or powered ginger roots are natural remedies for motion sickness. Keep these stuffs with you while traveling if you are likely to motion sickness.
  7. Try to relax and do some breathing exercise on your seat, instead of thinking about your uneasiness.
  8. Avoid looking on sick passengers as it may make you motion-sick.

These are some tips which you can follow to avoid ruining your trip while traveling with your family and friends.

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Posted on: 24.02.2013 14:19

I feel sick whenever I travel by car and even bus.

There is a heaviness and an uncomfortable feeling in my head and nausea. (Though not vomiting actually.) It increaes many times if I try to read something or move my head too much.
After the journey I always end up with a headache.

It kind of disturbs my normal life as I am not interested to go out.

Anything I can do that can keep it in check? I keep a clove in my mouth but it does not work.


Posted on: 24.02.2013 14:19

i got that a lot when i was younger and my mom had me try these things out.

1. focus on a distant point outside the car. it helps reduce the amount of movement you see when you are looking outside.
2. limit activities such as reading or playing hand-held video games where the eyes stay focused within the car. if you're looking down at a book or a game you will see movement unconciously out of the corner of your eye and you will get sick. if it's a long trip try finding your book on audio so you can listen to it while still looking out the window.
3. get some fresh air, open a window a crack and avoid having strong scented snacks in the vehicle.
4. over-the-counter drugs are available for motion sickness and you should take them before you head out.


Posted on: 24.02.2013 14:20

try to sit in the front and look straight ahead not through the side windows and when it gets too crazy close your eyes cuz believe it or not its your eyes that are causing the symptoms. also opening the window and getting fresh air helps with the sickness sometimes. I used to get super sick and puke after car or bus rides but then I outgrew most of the symptoms


Posted on: 24.02.2013 14:21

My husband gets major car sickness. One time he threw up like that chick in The Exorcist. All over the window, the dog, the back of the was awful.


It helps him if he sits in the front seat, looking straight ahead. If he reads or looks down he feels sick. There's also Dramamine. It's made to help nausea. You can get it at most grocery stores and/or gas stations. :)


Posted on: 24.02.2013 14:21

Keep the window open a bit for fresh air.

It's an inner-ear problem.

Ask your doctor to refer you to a physical therapist for exercises to realign your inner ear crystals.
I know it sounds stupid, but it is real.
I had the problem so bad that there were days I couldn't get out of bed.
And it WORKS.


Posted on: 24.02.2013 14:22

Ginger helps retain balance and reduce nausea. Reading in a moving vehicle increases nausea. Clove is for tooth and gum inflammation. Try some candied ginger or powdered ginger in capsules or ginger tea in a thermos


Posted on: 24.02.2013 14:22

I always put my hand out the window in the cold air, it might sounds stupid but you could always put your head out the window or have the window down because the cold air is fresh and can make you feel better. Maybe take motion sickness pills, they might work. Hope this helps


Posted on: 24.02.2013 14:23

well the best way to avoid this is avoiding multitasking............confused??

well when u r in a car...u tend to adore the nearby surrounding the treees or whatever....... as well as talk to the co-passengers...this kinda goes on for hours and ur brain tired of all tat multitasking starts to get cooked up!so tahtz the probable reason for ur headache.....try to limit talking.....tat would do good.........or just close ur eyes n talk..thou sounds stupid and looks even does works

well i dont kno if u stay in mumbai....but here in mumbai u get these tablets called as "pravasi" which kinda claim to avoid all those feelings.......but i havent tried them.............


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