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How to Treat Car Sickness


This summer we'll be taking a road trip to Florida. This has been a trip that's been in the making for the past two years. Traveling with kids can be a challenge, especially when you have long distances to travel. You’ll hear the dreaded, “Are we there yet?” and will probably hear your named called more often than you’d like. All of this can be made even more challenging if you or your kids are susceptible to car sickness. To help make your car ride more pleasant, you can use these tips to treat car sickness this vacation.


Eat Light

If you’d like to keep car sickness at bay, be sure to eat light before and during your trip. This means that fast food will be a major no-no due to all of the grease in it. Vegetables, sandwiches, and other light snacks and foods will feel good in your stomach without upsetting it during long car rides.

Bring Crackers

If you or your kids are starting to feel a little queasy, be sure to snack on some crackers. Saltines are great for this since they’re very bland and light. Filling your stomach with this light snack will help calm it before your car sickness can get any worse.

Circulate Fresh Air

Stuffy air can make car sickness worse. To treat your car sickness, try circulating fresh air. This could mean rolling down your windows if the temperature is right, but you can also open your car vents and circulate air if it’s extremely hot or cold outside.

Leave the Games at Home

If your kids get car sick easily, you might want to consider leaving the games and toys at home. Focusing on things in the car can make car sickness worse since things seem to be zipping by in your peripheral vision. Instead of focusing on games or books in the car, try looking out the window at the horizon. Looking at a steady point will help lessen the car sickness you or your kids might feel.

Take Medicine

A great way to treat car sickness is to prevent it from happening with medicine. There are plenty of anti-nausea and motion sickness remedies out there. Be sure to check the label and ingredients to see if it’s the right medicine for you. If your kids get sick easily, ask their pediatrician what’s safe for them to take on your next road trip.

Motion sickness is definitely one of those things that can ruin a road trip for you and your family. What are some ways you treat car sickness?

Annmarie John
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  1. Awesome tips. My sister used to get car sick all the time.

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  2. I get car sick often and eating light really helps. Also, sipping warm water calms my stomach down.

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  3. I also get car sickness too. I like to also have something minty on hand.

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  4. We also stock up in case they do get sick.... empty ice cream buckets and lids plus a package of wipes go a long way!
    Nothing more horrible then scrubbing a car seat when you finally get to your location.
    Ugh.... the memories are horrible!

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  5. I get car sick if I am looking down like reading, etc. So I try to look up at the road and that helps.

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  6. I used to get car sick a lot when I was younger. I think I have outgrown it mostly but it does hit me sometimes when traveling to the mountains. I have to pull over and get fresh air. Eating in the car just makes it worse for me especially crackers

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  7. My son gets sick sometimes. We have those sea bands and they work! I wear them too!

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  8. I don't get car sick but my sister used to! I bring Bonine (less drowsy than Dramamine) when I'm going on a boat or plane. I love it!

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  9. These are great tips. We've had plenty trips where our children have gotten car sick.

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  10. I get car sick like crazy and have found that salt and vinegar chips are amazing

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  11. The only time any one got car sick was when my daughter sat in the third row for a 9 hour ride.

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  12. Fresh Air and Medicine are my favorite ways ... It helps to have the person/s who get Car Sick easily to sit by the Window.

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  13. My son is the worst. He has to take motion sickness pills to keep from getting ill.

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  14. No one in my family gets car sick but I'm always thankful for advice. You never know when you may need it in life.

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  15. Great tips. I don't get car sick but I get sea sick!!

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  16. I get carsick so bad. Thanks for the tips. I think crackers would really help!

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  17. My son and I both get this when we read. Fresh air is really helpful!

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  18. I'll have to try this out. My daughter gets terribly car sick.

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  19. Thankfully, I don't get car sick! These are wonderful tips though!

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  20. These are great tips. I never used to get car sick until after I had kids. Ugh, it's awful!
    ~Amanda

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  21. I'm so grateful all my kids travel well. They've yet to have a bout of motion sickness, fingers crossed it stays that way. That being said, I CANNOT read anything in a moving car...not even a map without feeling nauseous! I'm probably more prone to car sickness than the kids! lol

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  22. Thankfully none of us have experienced car sickness. I hope it stays that way!!

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  23. Motion sickness is horrible! I used to get sick on trains and planes until I started using Sea Bands. They really do work! I agree that eating light is the best way to go before travel.

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  24. Car sickness sufferer here and I learned not to sit in the back seat. All good tips here.

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  25. Thank you for these great tips! For me! Since I am the one that usually ends up getting car sick.

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  26. We take medicine. I also try not to read in the car - it makes me feel all dizzy!

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  27. I tend to get car sick on long trips and have never thought of some of these tips. I will be bringing some saltines with me on the next one.

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  28. I used to get car sickness as a kid. Sitting next to a window sometimes helped becasue I was able to roll down the window and get some air when I started to feel nauseous. These are all great tips!

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  29. Crackers are a great idea. I have a couple grandkids that get sick.

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  30. I still get carsick as an adult! I got it bad as a kid too. I find sitting in the front is best (if the child is old enough) otherwise have windows open, and don't try to read in the car!
    Great tips!

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  31. I used to get car sick when I was younger. I found out that I'm fine as long as I'm not reading. There's something about reading in the car that makes me feel sick.

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  32. Awesome info! I suspect my daughter may have an issue with car sickness.

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  33. I have suffered from this for years! It's the worst!

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