Beating Motion Sickness at 40,000 Feet
Growing up, I was the kid who had to either sit in the middle seat or sit in the very front of the car to keep from vomiting all over the place. If I couldn’t see where I was going, or if I spent too much time looking down at a book, my stomach would turn, my head would ache, and I would have to take a couple days to recover. But as I’ve grown, I’ve learned how to keep those symptoms at bay to prevent myself from ruining anymore car interiors. RIP to my grandma’s Ford Taurus.
Whether it’s a long-haul flight, or a 2 hour car ride, there are so many options for preventing and curing yourself of the tum rums. These are the top three things you should keep with you:
When I say “comfort food,” I don’t mean favorite food. For example, my favorite food is spaghetti and I could eat it at any time of the day, but the last thing I need right before a 6 hour flight is a bowl of carbs and heartburn. My comfort food on the other hand, is something I can nibble on: pretzels, M&M’s, Cheezits, Cheerios, etc. They fulfill my need to eat, without sending my digestion into overtime.
When flying, stick to foods that aren’t super salty or super sweet. Never eat something spicy, fatty, or questionable (like Chinese food at the end of the Spirit airlines terminal) because that will be passing through your system for the next 6 to 8 hours.
Whenever a flight attendant comes around and says, “And what would you like to drink?” Your answer should always be water. Drinks like Coke and Sprite are super delicious, sure, but they can mess. you. up. The sugar content is so high it dilates your pupils, raises your blood pressure, gives you a caffeine boost, works its way out of your system, crashes your energy surge, and leaves you drowsy and cranky. Alcohol and coffee can be even worse for your body. Unless your name is Lorelai Gilmore, coffee will again, give you a caffeine boost, make you feel warm and fuzzy for about two seconds, work its way out of your system, leave you cranky and drowsy, and then give you a serious urge to go to the bathroom.
Water is your only friend when flying. Buy a fresh bottle of water in the airport terminal before you board. Sometimes if the turbulence is too bad, the flight attendant won’t be able to come around with snacks and drinks, and you’ll be out of luck for the rest of the flight. Better to be safe than sorry.
But what if you couldn’t help yourself, and you were dying for a big ole Jersey Mikes sub with a Diet Coke? I’ve been there.
So what do you do when your stomach starts sending the UH-OH signal? Try any one of these solutions. (Yes, they all work.)
Each one of the solutions listed above is compact, easy to get, and super effective. If you’re like me and you can’t read a book, check your phone, or do any work in the car, on a plane, or on a train, you’ve got to try this out! If I missed some key solutions, let us know! We’d love to spread the word.