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Travel sickness

Date: 07/03/2014
Source: De Caravan (NCC-NL)

Being car sick is a form of travel sickness similar to sea or altitude sickness because one’s balance is affected. For example the eyes indicate there is a lot of movement whereas the body is quite still. Symptoms such as headache, dizziness and generally feeling queasy are all symptoms of travel sickness.
Children especially up to 12 years of age suffer from travel sickness on long journeys.

- Relax the day before you travel and avoid fatty foods, milk and fizzy drinks;
- Take any travel sickness medication half an hour before you leave;
- Make sure everyone has room to move during the journey – if one is wedged in by cushions and/or bags, movement is too restricted;
- Drink a lot of water when you travel so that you don’t get dehydrated;
- Look ahead out of the window and find a fixed point that you can concentrate on;
- Don’t read or play games or use your mobile phone;
- When travelling by ship or plane, try to reserve a seat in the centre;
- Make sure you have enough fresh air and try to sleep as much as possible while on the move;
- Closing your eyes is a good way to counteract queasiness.