Tips for Helping with Motion Sickness


Car sickness has always been an issue in our family. Mommy and Daddy had it when they were little, and now our pint-sized passengers are just waiting to pop. So naturally, we have had to use what we have at our disposal to treat this particular issue.

We have tried everything from hollistic to OTC. Today, I would like to talk about what has worked and what hasn’t.


Dramamine: In our experience, nothing fixes car sickness like deep, medicinally  induced sleep.  While long car rides free of vomit and high pitched fights about the difference between flying chickens and birds are always enjoyable, groggy children and empty wallets are a big negative.

Bracelet: These might work if the kids kept them on.  They don’t. But for adults, if you are the type of person who can wear bracelets, then more power to you. They are relatively inexpensive and reusable. This is wise investment for adult passengers.

Mint Oil: This is applied behind the ears to relieve motion sickness. Honestly, it is pretty cool, and we have yet to have a fail with this product. With a mixture of mint and lavender, it makes for a calming solution to a very icky problem. Pricewise, it’s in the mid range. Of all the OTC options we have looked into, the mint oil has held the title the longest. Side note – when a stomach bug trampled our humble home, we busted out this oil to help the kids fall back to sleep.

Food Remedies:

Salty foods: Growing up in New England, we got to enjoy long, scenic car rides filled with green children in the back seat. A favorite remedy was popcorn; salty, salty, buttery popcorn.  While in the event that if it didn’t help, the mess would always be epic, we never had to deal with it much. Being able to focus on the bag and enjoying the food itself always seemed to keep the tummy from tossing. Any form of chips will work as well, as long as they don’t say low sodium. Be aware of smells. Yes, salt and vinegar chips are salty, but vinegar makes me want to hurl to begin with.

Mint gum: Five sticks of gum for 25 to 50 cents. Five long car rides with no upset tummies was a cost well worth it. Mint is known to have calming effects to begin with, so the aroma and chemical effects of mint gum make this an excellent choice. Quick side note – gum tricks the body into behaving hungry. So pack extra snacks or prepare for more rest stops and fast food.


Temperature: Especially with children, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure they are not too warm. Keep a change of clothes for each child in car (for messes and temperature control). Make sure you didn’t leave the heat on. The back seat is not the same temperature as the front.

Seating: Try different seating options, middle vs sides. Sometimes what you can see is what makes you ill. Not being able to see can cause nausea as much as watching the trees fly by can.

Map your route: Take the path of least resistance.  If you have a choice between driving ten more minutes and cleaning your car again, maybe you can think about taking the path with less dips and doodles. It may be fun to drive, but carpet shampooing a back seat is always miserable.

Today’s post was written by Sarah’s husband, Andrew!


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