Preventing motion sickness is easier than you may think. All it requires is a little advance planning. If you wait for the symptoms to rear their ugly heads before starting treatment, you are already too late. Instead, you can one-up them by preventing motion sickness in the first place. Here are some tips that will help you prevent motion sickness.

1. Plan in advance where you will sit while traveling and pick your travel position carefully: For instance, if you are riding in a car, argue for the driver’s seat. If you are traveling by airplane, try to get a window seat over the wing for the best results. And if you are planning to go on a cruise opt for a lower cabin located in the middle of the ship. These chosen spots will offer the least amount of motion and the greatest likelihood for preventing motion sickness before it even starts.

2. If you were not able to select one of the “anti-motion-sickness” travel positions mentioned above, you can still prevent motion sickness by taking appropriate medication. Fortunately, there are many over-the-counter medications that are effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness. The active ingredients in these medications relax the stimulation of the inner ear and blocks the motion messages to the brain., thereby preventing the brain from receiving conflicting sensory messages which is the main cause of motion sickness.

3. If you are reluctant to take medication because of the side effects (e.g. drowsiness), there are also natural remedies you can use to prevent motion sickness. Try using ginger. It works wonders and comes in many different forms which make it convenient to travel with and to be taken whenever needed. Ginger can be taken as a pill, sucked on as a candy, or brewed and drunk as a tea (this is my personal favorite)!

4. Motion sickness bands are another option worth trying. These bands are specially designed to treat suffers from motion sickness. They fit on your wrist and apply acupressure that helps to keep nausea at bay.

Clearly, there are many options and remedies that you can use to prevent motion sickness. So you don’t have to suffer through the misery of travel sickness when you travel anymore. Plan ahead and be prepared. And when travel time comes around, head off for some well-deserved R&R confident that motion sickness will not put a damper on your fun. Happy Travels.

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