Tips to Beat Travel Sickness

Some people can happily jump into the car and travel for miles and miles down the road without a care in the world, for others it’s a completely different story. Car sickness can really spoil the enjoyment of an otherwise terrific journey for people who suffer from it. But what’s it all about and can you do anything about it?

close up of passenger woman being car sick
close up of passenger woman being car sick

What’s the difference between car sickness and motion sickness? Well, there really is no difference because car sickness is motion sickness when you are travelling in a car. But is there anything you can do about it?
Take a look at these things you can do which can either help to relieve car sickness symptoms or actually avoid them completely.
• Sit looking the way you are moving. One great tip is to focus on something at the front, in the direction in which you are moving. This could be the horizon or any other stationery object. On the flip side you should not attempt to read, play cards or games and don’t sit looking out of the side windows for extended periods of time.


• Have you ever noticed that drivers don’t get car sick, well, not when they are actually driving anyway. This is because the driver is permanently focusing on what’s happening in the road ahead . . . or at least that’s what they should be doing. If you can’t drive then at least try to sit in the front passenger seat of the car and look at the road, you could even pretend that you are driving to see if that helps.
• Open up the window to let in a little fresh air, this can be another big help. Some people feel worse in cars which have a specific odor; this can be a particular problem with new cars which still have that distinctive new smell. Spraying the interior of the car with something soothing like lavender or mint may help to mask this smell and hence the problem. Remember this if you go to pick up a brand new motor from somewhere like and someone in your family suffers with car sickness.
• Tiredness can cause some people to feel car sick in which case it can be a big help to stop for a nap. If you can’t go to sleep you may feel better by just closing your eyes for a while . . . unless you are the driver.
• Ginger is a great stomach settler, so nibble on a ginger cookie or munch on a few ginger candies, have a cup of ginger tea or something similar before or during your car journey. You can even buy caplets of ginger root from the pharmacy if you have severe car sickness problems. Just a couple of caplets and most adults are as right as rain.


• It’s a good idea to take plenty of breaks while you are on an extended car journey. Just having the opportunity to stretch your legs, perhaps drink some coffee and breathe in some fresh air for a few minutes can really help to take the feelings of nausea away.
• Sucking on a peppermint or some other type of hard candy is another great tip. Music can help to take your mind off things too.
Okay, is that problem solved? Sit in the front of the car, looking where you are going, sucking on a peppermint and listening to music with a few ginger cookies available for a nibble if need be. Sorted!
Now you can take a test drive in a new motor from, just don’t be sick in it.