How to Prevent Car Sickness

August 1, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

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If the kids (or you!) are prone to car sickness, planning a family vacation–especially one on the open road–may be downright stressful. When driving is unavoidable, follow these smart tips to soothe the stomach.

– Motion sickness happens when the inner ears and the skin receptors sense that you’re moving, but your eyes can’t detect that the car is moving. Look at the horizon or the distant scenery to help your body send the proper messages to your brain.

-Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and sodium. All three can impair circulation, which interferes with the body’s ability to sense movement.

See more road trip tips.


  1. Erica

    Yeah, that TOTALLY Doesn’t Work!!! That’s what people who DON’T get motion sickness say to feel superior to people who DO get motion sickness. That and “it’s just in your mind.” Bonine works!

    August 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm
  2. giselle

    ugh. i’m with you erica. this is such bs.
    horizon??? oh yeah, i’ve NEVER thought of THAT one.
    i’ll have to try bonine!!

    August 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm
  3. Ginger

    Mythbusters tested ginger pills and they seemed to worked. I suffer from car sickness, boat sickness, etc. Bonine definitely works but I’m going to get some ginger pills to try.

    August 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm
  4. Kim Burton

    How to prevent kids from gettng car sick?? Can’t be done. Just travel very well prepared. Take a barf bag (or two, or three), take wipes and always carry a change of clothes. It helps if you have baking soda to aid in smell removal/cover up. Bottled water to rinse out his/her mouth and then encourage small sips of water. Please don’t drug your kids so they will sleep. It’s not healthy.

    August 4, 2013 at 4:04 am

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