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    15 Tips And Tricks For Travelers With Motion Sickness

    These genius tips have me feeling woozy.

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    1. Stick to light, bland foods (like plain bread, Saltines, and pretzels) to prevent tummy troubles during your travels. Heavy, spicy, fatty foods as well as excessive alcohol may make motion sickness worse for some people.

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    2. Avoid foods with strong smells (sorry kimchi, I still love you) as they can also make your nausea worse.

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    3. Book the middle seat if you can (and have your friends and family book the aisle and window seat if you don't want to sit between strangers), because this seat is typically least affected by turbulence. The middle seat in the row above the wing is a good bet if you want a calm ride.

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    Check out BuzzFeed Review's handy guide to surviving the middle seat if you're dreading your next trip.

    4. Preempt motion sickness with a ginger drop — a drug-free option that may soothe your nausea and upset stomach.

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    Fellow BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly bought these for a drowsy-free solution before a vacation to Greece to help deal with sea sickness on ferries and boat excursions. Here's what she has to say about them:

    "They turned out to work *quite well* given that I woke up the morning I was to get on a four-hour ferry ride at 2 p.m. with some serious nausea that I think is because I ate SO MUCH FETA CHEESE at dinner the night before. Truly too much of a good thing! I guzzled Sprite and loaded up on bread at lunch, and then sucked on three of these drops during the ferry ride and started to feel much better! I used them on several boat trips, including a catamaran ride where I thought I was gonna meet my maker the first 20 minutes due to rocky waters. ('Book a sailboat instead!' they said. 'Catamaran or nothing!' we said.) And other people on the trip used the drops to help quell their tummy troubles too!"

    Get a bag of 30 individually-wrapped drops from Amazon for $10.44.

    5. Select a room in the lower level cabins near the center of the ship if you'd prefer to spend your cruise vacation *not* regurgitating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This section of the ship usually experiences less motion than the rooms in the higher, outer cabins. You may not get an ocean view, but at least you'll keep your food down at the buffet.

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    6. Sit facing the direction you're traveling, otherwise you may start to feel nauseous. Your view of the scenery will probably become blurred if the train is moving at high speeds, which may affect you senses and cause you to feel sick. Looking along the side of the train rather than straight out the window can help.

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    7. Stay in your seat if you're on shaky train. Walking down the aisle, especially if the train is a bit wobbly, can trigger your motion sickness. Plus, there may be sights and sounds coming from other passengers that may make you feel worse. If you have to get up to go to the bathroom or get food, try and wait until the train has stopped.


    8. Bring Dramamine just in case. There's also a non-drowsy version if you can't have motion sickness ruin your day. And! There are chewable tablets for anyone who hates swallowing pills.

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    Promising review: "Love the individual packaged tablets. It makes it so easy to slip into my purse. As a cancer patient who gets vertigo, these are my best friend some days. I cannot say enough about how well these work, how much I appreciate a product like this. I'm a mom, I have a job, I have a very understanding husband, without these some days I cannot get off the couch. They work so fast on nausea, and my dizziness!" —Kindle Customer

    Get them from Amazon: original tablets for $7.01, non-drowsy capsules for $4.46, or chewable tablets for $6.99.

    9. Apply a motion sickness patch that's designed to relieve nausea, dizziness, and vomiting with natural herbs. Adhere the sticker behind your ear or above your navel and enjoy up to three days of symptom-free travel.

    Promising review: "I recently went on a seven-day cruise and I get VERY motion sick in choppy water (and on those amusement park rides where they put you in a box with a screen and toss you around). I also purchased a drink package and did not want to take anything that would make me drowsy. I had some prescription patches as back up, but thought I would also buy these to test them out. My husband also gets motion sick, so we both used these through the duration of our cruise and they worked like a charm. The water was really rough and several members of our party got sick...we persevered. A few notes. The instructions are pretty loosey goosey. Put on one or two patches. They should last for one to three days. I guess maybe it depends on your weight and level of sick? He used one patch, I tried to be safe and used two patches. We both changed them every day and a half or so. Each little pack in the box has two patches. They stayed on pretty well and having a patch behind your ear can be a little irritating at times — this wasn’t bad. They stayed on through the pool and the ocean. These are a darker brown than other patches, so if you have fair skin, they will be noticeable. I will definitely use these again and will try them next time I lose rock, paper, scissors and have to get on some twirly ride with a young family member at an amusement park." —Dee

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $9.49.

    10. Desensitize yourself so your triggers no longer bother you. For example, if reading in the car makes you nauseous, try reading for five minutes and then put down your book. Repeat this until you can read for five minutes without a problem. Then, try reading for 10 minutes. Repeat this process and read for increasingly longer intervals until you can read for hours without feeling like you're gonna vom.


    11. Or, test out these wristbands that apply pressure to your P6 (Nei Kuan) acupressure point to alleviate your nausea. And they're not just for traveling! Use them to lessen morning sickness and chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting. Plus, these are machine-washable so you can use them for years to come.

    Promising review: "I get VERY seasick and these worked like a CHARM during my cruise. Whenever I put them on, my nausea went away in minutes. When I took them off, I felt sick almost instantly. They do leave an imprint on your wrists but that is nothing compared to the relief they provide. I was skeptical of their effectiveness before buying but TRUST ME, they work wonders." —ninakraw

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. Open a window! It's unclear why fresh air can sometimes relieve your symptoms (it may have to do with the air blowing away odors that can make nausea worse), but hey, it's free! If you're in a plane or somewhere it's impossible to catch a breeze, direct the fan at your face.

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    13. Wear motion sickness glasses that'll make you look like Edna Mode from The Incredibles but may also save the day. The liquid inside the glasses is supposed to help your eyes perceive motion the same way your inner ear does (motion sickness is often caused by a disturbance to the inner ear). So basically, there's no conflict between what your eyes and inner ear perceive — tl;dr no motion sickness. And! You only need to wear them for 10 to 12 minutes for your eyes and ears to reorient themselves.

    Promising review: "I am so excited to have this product. Our daughter suffers from terrible car sickness. We tried these out last night on a 45-minute car ride. Not once did we hear the usual, 'My belly hurts,' that typically is said within 10 minutes of being in the car. Game changer!!!" —Crystal L.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.98.

    14. Support your head with a Trtl neck pillow. This way you can minimize your head's movements due to turbulence and hopefully ease your motion sickness.,

    Promising review: "I got this for my 28-year-old daughter, who suffers from motion sickness in the car. This neck support is great. She is either asleep or in such a state of relaxation that by the time we hit the windy part of our trip, she has NO PROBLEMS at all. She has even used it in bed when she can't 'get comfortable.'" —TJP

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in two sizes and seven colors).

    15. Tell yourself you're going to succeed. A study found that verbal placebos may reduce symptoms of motion sickness, so it doesn't hurt to say aloud, "I got this. I won't get carsick today."

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    Now that you've checkmated motion sickness, the hardest part of traveling will be sneaking your oversized carry-on into the plane without paying to check your bag.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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