Nothing is worse than being in the car for a long trip and feeling that dizzying, upset stomach, outright vomitous reaction before you’ve even left the driveway. If the only way you can travel is with your face in a barf bag, follow these quick, simple cures for car sickness so you can enjoy road trips, too.
Try ginger. Ginger, which is often an active ingredient in morning sickness candies and suckers, is a natural stomach calmer, so taking a teaspoon of ginger or drinking ginger tea a half hour before traveling will get your stomach already at ease and work for hours in helping to curb your nausea.
Try taking morning sickness candies, for that matter. Morning sickness lozenges and suckers are available in most baby stores and contain ingredients that are natural and healthy for a growing fetus, so they are healthy for your body, too. They work to calm the body with ingredients like ginger, peppermint, and other natural additives that keep the body form physical and mental stress and are very effective for car sickness as well. Keep these treats handy during your traveling so you can take a lozenge or have a sucker whenever you feel queasy. Plus, they taste pretty yummy.
Avoid a heavy, fatty, salty meal prior to traveling. If you know you’ll be on the road, keep your meal light so you don’t have stomach upset from all the motion of traveling. Stick to toast and crackers, keep your body hydrated with water, and keep soda water or ginger ail nearby for when your queasiness and dizziness takes its toll.
Avoid staring at the yellow lines. When looking out the windows, try staring at one thing at a time, or else the traffic and trees whizzing by will leave you hurling. If you are able, place a cloth over your eyes and work on getting some rest.
Have peppermints on hand. Sucking on peppermints, just like morning sickness candies, work to calm your body physically and the scent of peppermint mentally relaxes you and the candy provides a welcome distraction while you dissolve it. This will help your mind stay off of your traveling agony.
Get fresh air, and sit by a window. This way, you can open your window whenever that stuffy feeling starts to envelop you and make you ill. Have a rubber band on your wrist you can snap for distraction from your discomfort as well so you “forget” you’re traveling and how it makes your body react poorly.
So long as you travel prepared with a barf bag, (just in case) have stomach soothing beverages nearby, a few herbs and distractions to help your nausea, and you haven’t eaten a fatty, oily meal prior to traveling, you should make it to your destination without losing your innards.