11 Tips for Reducing Car Sickness

Plan your journey to prevent traffic jams and stop-start sensation
Plan your journey to prevent traffic jams and stop-start sensation
  1. Plan your journey to avoid twisty road if possible and travel when traffic is light to avoid the stop-start sensation
  2. Don’t drink caffeine for at least 24 hours before the car journey, or on your trip. If you have a high intake of caffeine you may temporarily suffer with a headache, which you won’t want if you’re feeling car sick. For children avoid caffeine drinks and fizzy drinks too for at least a few hours before travelling
  3. Don’t eat greasy, heavy and acidic foods, but do eat something light an hour before starting your journey so your stomach has something to process. Be wary of dressings on salads as they often contain vinegar, which is acidic and also fruit juices. For breakfast eat simple foods such as cereals and porridge rather than a traditional English fry-up. Ginger is also good at preventing motion sickness and will act as a remedy and can be found in several forms including biscuits and ginger root caplets available from health food shops. Avoid eating chocolate just before and during a car journey as this can make the car sickness worse
  4. Avoid alcohol the night before your journey and on the journey itself
  5. Don’t smoke on the journey or be around people that smoke
  6. A good night’s sleep before a car journey will help. It’s difficult if you’re anxious about being car sick, but it will help. Try to look forward to the trip rather than dreading it, and don’t assume you will feel car sick
  7. Vitamin B complex (all 8 vitamins in the B group) taken over time can reduced motion sickness
  8. Consider alternative therapies such as hypnotism, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). EFT in particular will help before your journey and you will have a technique for dealing with car sickness if it strikes. To find a professional hypnotherapist in your area search www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk.
  9. Don’t read, use a computer, use game consoles or watch films on the trip. If you are map reading or operating satellite navigation systems, ask the driver to stop the car if possible (obviously not on the hard shoulder of the motorway). If you are navigating plan ahead and write the route down in an easy to follow manner so you avoid having to study a map. Look out the window during the journey but don’t stare at things, including the horizon. Change your focus between close and far away objects
  10. Avoid talking about car sickness and if possible don’t think about it either. If you start to feel sick try to alleviate it as soon as possible, don’t leave it until you feel very ill
  11. Make sure car sick prone children can see out of the window and play games that encourage them to look outwards; I-spy is a great game for this, provided the items being spied are outside the car

Even taking these precautions you or one of your fellow travellers may start to feel car sick. On the next page we have 10 natural car sickness remedies.