Travel Tips: How to Avoid Motion Sickness

Motion sickness caused by information overload.

Binoculars on cruise ship deck overlooking water

One of the most humbling experiences of travel is suddenly turning green and sweaty, becoming nauseated and developing an uncontrollable urge to throw up.

This is motion sickness!

It’s caused when too many conflicting signals reach the brain from the inner ear and the eyes. Certain individuals may be more susceptible to this condition. Young children ages 2 to 12 seem to be most affected. It occurs rarely in children under age 2 and in adults over 60.

Tips for avoiding motion sickness

  • Location is very important. The front seat of a car or bus (with the window open a bit), over the wing of the plane (with the window shut!), or in a mid-ship cabin close to the waterline on a boat.
  • Avoid heavy meals, alcohol and cigarette smoke.
  • Avoid reading.
  • Focus on distant objects such as the horizon.
  • If necessary, lie on your back in a semi-reclined position, and keep your head as still as possible.
  • Talk with your physician about over the counter or prescription
    anti-nausea medications. These should be used with caution in those
    with glaucoma or prostatic hypertrophy.