The Summer holidays are about to begin and as we do every year my family and I pack our bags on Boxing Day and head off on a mini vacay. It's just a four day break and we venture only an hour from home. There's a couple of reasons we don't travel too far - work, cash flow and car sickness. I suffered from car sickness / motion sickness as a child and still do in certain circumstances and I seem to have passed it onto my children. We've been caught out many times on day trips with the back seat of the car soaked in spew and me trying to locate the nearest Kmart or Best & Less as I'd stupidly forgotten to pack a change of clothes. Tiny Whiny #1 seems to have grown out of it but Tiny Whiny #2 I think is stuck with it for life. I still remember a trip to the Gold Coast about 3 years ago where he & I both lost a hat each in the car (they were the only things I had handy besides my handbag that could catch the spray, thank goodness because it was a hire car) and he filled and air sick bag on the flight. Poor little man. So whenever we travel we try to keep the distance no longer than 1hr from home but if we absolutely have to travel further, we need to allow for regular stops.
As long as I'm in the driver's seat I seem to be ok, but unfortunately my little guy has quite a few years of being a passenger before we find out if that will stop his motion sickness. Until then there are a few things that we could try:
* Essential Oils - apparently Ginger, Peppermint, Lemon, Dill, Bergamot, Lavender and Patchouli are great for preventing nausea and vomiting so I might be investing in some and mixing up a roller blend.
* Plan Pre-Trip Meals - Limiting food consumption prior to setting off and not consuming anything that might cause nausea can help prevent the onset of motion sickness. Heavy foods with strong odours or dairy products worsen symptoms of motion sickness for some. Jatz crackers, bread or bananas are great for settling the stomach.
* Motion Sickness Bands - These bands have a plastic stud attached to the inside of the wristband which exerts pressure on an acupressure point on the wrist. It's said that pressure applied to this point can alleviate nausea and vomiting.
Well I'm open to trying any or all of the above and if they fail, let's hope I don't forget to bring the trusty empty ice cream bucket. Do you're children suffer from motion sickness? If so does this effect your holiday travel arrangements? What methods do you use to help prevent it?