How To Ease Travel Sickness

Travel Sickness – Ways To Ease It

There are many great NATURAL ways to ease and cure your travel sickness. There are several travel sickness medicines that work well, some to have before the trip (whether you’re flying or taking the bus or similar) to avoid travel sickness, and others to help you deal with travel sickness if you happen to get sick. If travel sickness medicines are not your thing, there are other more natural ways you can try to ease travel sickness. One effective way to help against travel sickness is by eating the right food. There are many specific foods that help ease travel sickness, and the way you eat will also play a major role in your fast recovery. When you’re sick, vomiting and have frequent diarrhea you can become dehydrated and weak, so your body need nutrition more than ever. No matter how sick you are you have to give your body some sort of nutrition so that you’re strong enough to fight off the travel sickness. But you have to be careful with which food you choose. Here are a few tips on what to eat and drink to ease travel sickness:

Bland Food:

Bland food is the best type of food against travel sickness. Strong smells and spicy foods can be hard for the stomach to ‘keep down’. Sometimes just the smell of food can make you feel even more sick – if that happens make sure you choose colder food, like fruit, crackers and veggies. The way the food is cooked can make all the difference. Boiled or baked chicken for example is good food when feeling sick, fried chicken is not. Avoid all fried or greasy food and sweet desserts. Chicken rice soup is also known to help calming down upset stomachs. Soup is also a great way to get nutrition in your body. Soothing foods also help and ease the travel sickness. Chamomile, ginger and mint all have very soothing effects on upset stomachs, and I really recommend them in tea form. Ginger is especially known to help against travel sickness and morning sickness. If tea isn’t you thing you can chew on some crystallized ginger instead!

The BRAT-Diet

A great combination of food that people most often can eat and ‘keep down’ is the Banana, Rice, Apple sauce and Toast diet. These are all bland foods and help to absorb stomach acids which eases nausea and vomiting. Eating only this is not healthy as it’s not nutritionally complete, but it’s great as an addition to other food and whn you can’t keep anything else down!

Tips When Eating & Drinking:

  • Sip your drink slowly.
  • Mouth rinse (1/4 tsp baking soda to 1 cup water) before and after eating.
  • Eat in a relaxed environment, like in your room at the hotel (when you’re sick you deserve to get a private room, and the other dorm members would appreciate it too!). It’s good to be able to eat on your own speed, be able to lay down and have the toilet right next to you just in case. The last thing you want to worry about is throwing up in a restaurant full of people (a very bad memory of mine..!)
  • Stay away from your favorite foods when you feel sick. You may develop a dislike for them by association to feeling sick, causing you to not enjoy them again later.

Drinks To Ease Travel Sickness:

  • Ginger ale
  • Peppermint tea
  • Ginger tea
  • Black lemon tea
  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade
  • Coca Cola (preferably flat)

Important Note!

Limiting your food intake (fasting) may cause you to suffer from diarrhea longer, and since your body need a variety of nutrition and extra goodness, try to get back on track and eat normal healthy food again as fast as you can. If you’re not getting better after a couple of days you should seek a doctor – if not earlier.

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11 Responses to How To Ease Travel Sickness

  1. Ant Stone July 27, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Two of my top tips for recovery food are born on the same principles: rehydration including salt. This is especially important if you're in a country where you're sweating a lot.

    Ramen (two minute) noodles, or pot noodles contain everything you need, but the best cure for a suspect stomach is McD's or KFC! Honestly, as a westerner who is sick in a foreign country it's a welcome comfort, and while it's not great for your waistline, it contains everything you need to pick you up.

  2. Sofia July 27, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Hey Ant! Yeah re-hydration with salt does wonders! There is this great drink they have a lot in India, I can't remember the name of it but it's tonic water and you can order a sweet and salty mix, it both prevents and soothes upset stomachs and illnesses.

    Yeah typical western food is a nice comfort, and it's always good to eat something that the body recognizes.

  3. Nanci Marashio August 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    This blog is great I learned a lot thanks!

  4. Nausea Remedies September 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    Oh!…that’s great helpful, it’s so right to me! Million thanks for the article,

    • Sofia October 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

      You’re welcome, I hope it helped!

  5. Marble Repair Miami October 22, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    There are many great NATURAL ways to ease and cure your travel sickness
    Soup is also a great way to get nutrition in your body!! Lots of goo info here!

  6. Marble Repair Miami November 3, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    Chamomile, ginger and mint all have very soothing effects on upset stomachs!

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    • As We Travel December 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

      @Concrete Care and Mold Testing Carson: I’m glad you both found it helpful, these cures really work as well!

  9. Katie July 25, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    I hated traveling because of the travel sickness it caused me, but that was about 7 years ago after I discovered that I can do something about not feeling sick all the time and enjoying my trip because it is nearly impossible for anybody to avoid any travel. Here is what works very well for me; I never sit facing backwards from the direction of travel, refrain from using perfumes and fragrances that are very strong, never read or watch movie while traveling, listen to music to keep myself distracted, keep drinking small sips of plain water throughout the travel. One more thing; never travel empty stomach; it will make you feel even sicker and very uneasy. Eat fruits or easily digestible foods that are non spicy and non-oily (light foods).