Making the most of being a passenger on the road…
It wouldn’t be summertime without tasting the open road and, though a sufferer of motion sickness, I was determined to make my weekend trip to North Carolina a beautiful one. If you’re at all like me, you know how miserable the experience can be, so prevention is key. Here’s how I’m doin’ it.
Shotgun! If you are a passenger, call it quick and conquer the front seat. Sitting in the back can confuse what you are seeing and feeling. A front seat offers you a clear view of what’s to come, and your body relating to that view keeps you in sync.
*Tip*: If you’re up for driving, go for it. It’ll give you the benefit of focus, which can distract you from sickness.
Horizon Time. Maintain focus for your eyes, inner ear and nerves. If you are prone to car sickness, in the curvy mountains, really concentrate on that point.
*Tip: Look out the side windows once every ten minutes for a good view. If something exciting looks like it’s coming up, take a peek, but limit your motion with your head, and keep as still as possible.
Breathe. Keep the air conditioning on, and flowing strong throughout the car. Any time I feel nauseous, I crank up the cool air and breathe. It calms any sick feeling, and keeps me from sweating and overheating. Slow, deep breaths will relax you and reduce anxiety and butterflies, which only make car sickness worse.
*Tip: Put the windows down and open the sunroof to create a cross-breeze and circulation throughout the car.
Distract Wisely. Concentrating on some sort of visual entertainment will create car sickness quickly. Instead of reading a magazine or book, keep your eyes on the horizon, and prepare a music playlist that will keep your interest.
*Tip: Audio books are a road trip lifesaver. They are the best distraction, and push you to look forward while keeping your mind engaged.
Consume. Lots of water. Being dehydrated increases the chances of car sickness and will make the symptoms much worse. Choose snacks that aren’t greasy or full of strong smells. Plan ahead and pack some granola, fresh fruit and veggies, and skip out on the fast food.
*Tip: Ginger has always helped soothe my belly on a trip. Pack some ginger tea or lozenges to sip or suck on slowly throughout the trip.
+ What tips do y’all have to prevent car sickness? Let’s start a list for our wanderlusting friends in the comments below!