Everyone wants to travel ultra cool and unruffled by motion sickness and jet lag. Some people even experience having stuffed noses entering different time zones as they travel.
But is there a way out to travel without motion sickness and turn a queasy travel into an easy one? Here are some travel tips that you need to remember to prevent all cases of nausea and sickness while traveling.
Dealing with Jet Lag
As we travel and cross each time zone, our body needs at least a day to adjust itself to the new time zone. This will alter your circadian rhythm and hence the queasiness. Try altering your sleep schedule days ahead you travel. After you arrive at the destination, get out in the sun for a while. Small doses of melatonin will also help. Take them according to your physician’s advice and based on your travel – eastward or westward.
Motion sickness always upsets you whether you travel by plane, train, car, or a ship. This is because your brain struggles with conflicting information coming from your eyes, ears and joints. To deal with this quickly: focus on something very far away, like the horizon. Don’t fix your glare on nearby objects – whether they are moving or still. Take deep breaths to get in some fresh air.
Upsetting stomach can be caused due to virus and bacteria that can survive on seats, door handles, tables and other surfaces that all travelers happen to frequently come into contact. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap water as it is effective than a hand sanitizer. Make a point to drink at least a glass of water every hour as it helps in cleaning the stomach.
Air pressure inside the cabin changes as you travel causing the blood vessels to expand and this leads to migraine and headaches during travel. This is not only the case with air travel, but also common with any kind of travel due to change in atmosphere and air flow. Avoid taking alcohol before travel and limit your caffeine intake. Ginger candy, peppermint gum and prescription medication come in handy when headaches strike.
Change in altitude has an effect on the ears. A thin opening between the nose and middle ear, called Eustachian tube, helps in equalizing the air pressure as you travel. But as air pressure changes rapidly, this tube takes time to readjust itself to get used to the change and results in severe ear pain. Have pain killers at least half-an hour before the take off. Also, try not to sleep when the plane is taking off or descending.