Guys, for the longest time ever I would dread anything which involved transport. As you can imagine, this is problematic when you enjoy travel. I had to find ways to snap out of travel sickness real quick! Ahhh the less glamorous side of travel blogging, eh? By no means am I a doctor but I sure know a thing or two with managing travel sickness. Hopefully, what works for me might work for you
The thing that makes the largest difference, to me, when on long journeys is peppermint tea. Typical British girl, right? I always make sure I have a cup of it either before my travels or during it. Peppermint has calming properties which works wonders for when you start to feel your stomach cramping up from nerves. If you prefer not to consume liquid for whatever reason, you could also try boiled ginger sweets. You know, the ones which always seem to be in a random cupboard at home despite nobody buying them haha. Ginger helps to combat stress so having them in candy form seems like a good idea. Word of warning though, they taste nasty!
Avoid looking at movement, such as other cars, waves or flying planes. Movement when you are sat still can mess with your mind. Instead, try looking at fixed points. I always try to sit in the middle seat of a car so I can focus on stationery buildings or road sign. One time in a car journey to the beach, I decided to wear an eye-mask to shut out seeing the bumpy road in front of me. BIG FAIL. If anything, it made me even worse as I felt like I was being held captive at the back of a truck from lack of sight. My mind was going into major overdrive.
Service stops make all the difference, utilise them. Somewhat obvious but very underrated. Sure, the journey might take longer but do you really want to be in a car for 2 hours with a hand over your mouth to stop you from throwing up? Thought not haha. Service stops also give you a chance to breathe without your travel companions asking if you are okay every 5 minutes.
Invest in a travel pillow. I’ll be honest, I always thought travel pillows were more ‘show’ than substance. I’d see people with travel pillows at airports and think ‘will they even use that though?’ but now I fully understand. If you don’t use a travel pillow to sleep, at least buy one for comfort. The plush material gives you something to grip on during landing, way less awkward than grabbing the hand of a stranger to your side. Speaking of planes, pay extra for an aisle seat if you are prone to sickness. You’ll get peace of mind knowing you can run to the bathroom without waking up strangers asking them to move.
Sit and do nothing. Hear me out on this one. Whilst it may seem like a good idea to start reading or scrolling your phone to distract yourself, you might find yourself feeling significantly more dizzy and light-headed. Wait it out.
Got any other tips for dealing with travel sickness? Drop them in the comments! I’d love to hear them.
See you in the next post!