Hello fellow travelers! I am not used to traveling a lot. But once I started to pay off my student debts and started this blog I realized I needed to start exploring. I wanted to start gaining experiences to write about and remember for the rest of my life. There’s only one issue, I get motion sickness, so yes of course, I am the best person to sit next to on a plane… NOT! But luckily I have learned a few tips along the way and I am here to share them with you just in case you find yourself in a similar situation!
Tip #1 – Don’t Neglect Your Stomach Out Of Fear
Everyone has experienced eating too much and feeling sick because of it afterwards right? Well, you can feel a similar sickness from not eating too! So before you get on that plane make sure to have a bite! A good thing to remember is you should eat about 20-30 minutes before you get on the flight to let the food settle and digest a bit in your stomach. You have two responses from your nervous system that I am sure we are all aware of; the first is fight or flight and then rest and digest! So eating before you get on the plane will actually subconsciously relax you a bit because your body is more focused on the food than anything else. Just make sure you don’t eat anything too large and you will be fine!
Tip #2 – Distract Yourself
Whether you zone into a show, music or a book make sure you have something to distract yourself from what’s going on around you. I always bring headphones to listen to music and read at the same time. I find that reading a good book can take you away. I get completely immersed in it and forget whats going on until my stomach is calm and I am already in the air.
Tip #3 – Sit By The Window And Stay Cool
I have heard several people who claim that for them focusing on the horizon is the only thing that gets them through the flight. I personally can only open the window after I am already in the air but that is just a personal preference. I do better in tighter spaces so me being placed between the wall and other people seems to help me a bit. Whatever seat you choose make sure to put the air on you! I cannot stress this enough, consistent airflow can force cool air into your lungs making it easier to take a deep breath and relax. If you are worried about getting cold bring a scarf or an extra jacket to use as a blanket.
Tip #4 – Bring An Emergency Pack Just In Case
I always pack for the worst case scenario. Which is one reason why I always over-pack, but that’s a story for another time. I make sure to bring a small bag of things I will need in the worst case, aka getting sick. I bring tissues and wipes for clean up, a dogie bag for obvious reasons, some pretzels to absorb the acid in my stomach and ginger ale to calm it. I also bring eye drops because when I fly my eyes get dry and then I can get upset from that.
I hope this helps you as much as it helped me, us adventurers have to stick together! Happy Travels! Let us know your next destination and any extra tricks below!