5 Tips to Prevent Car Sickness Before Your Journey If you have been car sick you'll know how horrible it feels. By the time you start to feel sick, the sub conscious brain has decided that the conflict in the information it is receiving from your eyes and ears is due to poisoning, and induces vomiting to rid the body of the poison. Sometimes you can feel better after vomiting; often this isn't the case as the body continues to attempt to rid itself of a poison that doesn't exist. If you or one of your passengers is susceptible to feeling car sick, consider taking a few preventative steps before the journey starts. With car sickness and all forms of travel sickness, prevention is much better than trying to cure the symptoms once they have started; after all you are fighting your body reacting to a poison that doesn't exist! To help alleviate that car sick feeling, or at least delay its onset, here are 5 steps to take before your journey starts: 1. Consider your route. Motorways and other main roads are less twisty and bumpy than minor and country roads and therefore less likely to trigger car sickness. Investigate alternative routes in a map book or use a route planner available on the Internet. Using main roads may mean you drive a greater distance, but could be quicker and much more pleasant if you don't have to stop and arrive in a clean, nice smelling car. If you are driving and have passengers who can be car sick, think about your driving. A smooth driving style will delay the onset of car sickness, and make the car sick passenger more comfortable and less inclined to think about being car sick. For some top tips on smooth driving try and find Sir Jackie Stewart's Principles of Performance Driving book from the 1980's, which covers driving on the road as well as on the track. 2 Don't drink caffeine for at least 24 hours before the car journey, or on your trip. This includes energy drinks that have a caffeine content. If you usually have a high intake of caffeine you may temporarily suffer with a headache, which you won't want if you're feeling car sick, so consider stopping or reducing caffeine earlier. 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 the journey so your stomach has something to process. Be wary of dressings on salads as they often contain vinegar, which is acidic and also avoid 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 also act as a remedy. Ginger 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, also don't smoke on the journey or be around people that smoke 5 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. Having been very car sick as a child, when Nigel West found his children also had a tendency to be ill in the back seat of the car at a moments notice, he was frustrated that there wasn't a retail supplier of sick bags and www.chuckiebags.com was born to help the car sick.
Published on Sep 4, 2009
If you have been car sick you'll know how horrible it feels. These 5 tips taken before the journey starts should help delay the onset of car...