Pick the right seat. If
possible, sit in an area with the smoothest ride, where motion is least
likely to be felt in the first place. When making a plane reservation,
ask for an aisle seat over a wing. On a train, opt for a car toward the
front. Sit in the front seat of an automobile. And on a ship, ask for a
cabin toward the center of the vessel. Avoid standing. The last thing you need when you''re trying to keep your stomach settled is to be tossed around during the trip. Face forward. Choose
a seat that faces in the direction you are traveling, so that the
forward motion your body feels will match what you see. Minimize head movements. Try to avoid sudden movements of your head, which can aggravate motion sickness. Stay up.
While you may be tempted to go below when you''re feeling queasy on a
boat, stay on deck as much as possible, so your eyes can confirm the
movement that your body is feeling. Look off into the distance.
Not to daydream, but to focus on a steady point away from the rocky
boat, plane, or car. If there isn''t a tree or barn or other specific
object in the distance to focus on, stare out at the horizon, where the
sky meets the earth (or water). Again, this will allow your eyes to see
that you are moving -- to match the movement your body feels -- without
making you dizzy, the way that watching telephone poles or mile markers
whizzing by can make you feel. Leave your reading at home. If
you read in a car, your eyes stay fixed on a stationery object, yet
your body feels the motion of the car -- again setting up that sensory
contradiction. Instead, focus on the road in front of you or at a
distant object so all your senses can confirm that you are on the move. Volunteer to drive. Drivers are so busy watching the road that they''re less apt to get carsick. Eat a little or don''t eat at all.
Sometimes eating helps, sometimes it doesn''t. Experiment to see what
works for you. About an hour before you leave, eat some plain crackers
or a piece of bread or toast. If it makes you feel worse, don''t eat
next time -- keep your stomach calm and empty, in case you should start
to get nauseated. Avoid heavy foods and odors. The
smell of spicy or greasy foods and strong odors can prompt motion
sickness before or during a trip. So skip the stop at the roadside
diner. Say no to alcohol. Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during a trip. It can worsen motion sickness. Stay calm, cool, and collected.
Sometimes, just the thought of getting sick can make you sick. The same
goes for those who are anxious about what they''re about to do, like
flying in a plane or riding in a boat. Try to stay as calm and relaxed
as possible. Take a few deep breaths, and tell yourself that you will
not get sick. Try over-the-counter remedies.
Antihistamines, such as Dramamine, Bonine, and Marezine, should be
taken at least an hour before the trip for maximum effectiveness.
Always check the label for warnings and possible side effects, such as
drowsiness or blurred vision, and take necessary precautions, such as
not driving a car. Stay away from others who are sick. The
power of suggestion is very strong, especially if you have a tendency
to get a bit "green" yourself. As callous as it may sound, let someone
with a sturdier stomach tend to the sick; you should be looking at the
horizon or at another steady point in the distance.