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The following tips may help you avoid motion sickness when you travel:

  • When you fly, request a seat near the wings. When you travel on a ship, try to book a cabin near the middle of the vessel and near the waterline.
  • Move your head as little as possible. Try to keep your head still by resting it on a headrest. Head movement can increase motion sickness.
  • When you're on a boat, try to get fresh air. When you're on the deck, look at a fixed point on the horizon.
  • When you travel by car, avoid reading or watching TV or videos.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or eating a heavy meal before travel.
  • Do not eat or drink during short trips.
  • During an extended flight, eat small meals of foods that are easy to digest before and during a flight to help reduce nausea and vomiting.
  • Try to avoid strong odors and spicy foods.

If you do have symptoms of motion sickness, the following may help:

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  • Eat a few dry soda crackers.
  • Sip on clear, carbonated drinks such as ginger ale.
  • Get some fresh air.
  • Lie down or at least keep your head still.
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Last Updated: March 15, 2013
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