Tips to Manage Car Sickness   

When it's time for a road trip, nothing sours the mood like a bout of motion sickness. Some kids are more prone than others, and many do eventually outgrow it, but when you've got traveling to do and a kid with a queasy stomach, it's not fun for anyone and will most likely end up resulting in some clean up. Dramamine works most of the time, but it can cause drowsiness. If you have a long, overnight trip, this isn't the worst thing, but if you want your kids to arrive at Grandma's with some energy, it may not be the best way to go. Here are a few other tips to survive the long drives. 

1.  Sniff Oils:  Peppermint and grapefruit oils help with motion sickness. You can pick up a 10 ml bottle at many grocery stores, or they can be found online. Stash one in your bag, and have your queasy passenger sniff them when they're feeling iffy.  

2. Chew on Ginger:  Ginger is helpful for many stomach issues. Having ginger snaps, ginger candy, or ginger gum on hand can be great. Sipping ginger ale may also keep nausea at bay. Make sure the products have real ginger and not just the flavoring for the most effective use.   

3. Try Pressure Bands:  Sea-Bands can be found in most big box, drug or grocery stores. Make sure you put them on before getting the car, as they can take a few minutes to take effect.   

4. Focus on the Horizon:  This can be hard for kids in the backseat who aren't old enough to sit in the front. One thing that works well for my daughter is letting her sit in the middle seat. She has a clear view of the windshield and can focus on what's ahead, not what's whizzing by. 

5. Keep Cool:  Once you start to get overheated, it's easy for nausea to take over. Even if it's cold outside, run the AC for a few moments to cool down, or even have ice packs on hand for the nauseated passenger to hold on their pressure points. My sister always swore by an open window. Even a crack got her enough fresh air to make it through a long drive.   

6. Smell A Potato:  It's bizarre, and it doesn't sound like it should make sense, but the earthy smell of a potato can calm a queasy tummy.  

7. Finish Eating 30 Minutes Before Hitting the Road: An empty stomach can make nausea worse, but stirring up a full one doesn't help either. After a rest stop meal, take some time to digest before getting back in the car.   

8. DVD Players Can Help:  For me, reading in the car is a big no. Some days, even reading directions is enough to get my stomach flopping. And as we discovered one Thanksgiving night, reading on a smart phone still counts as reading. What did work was focusing on a movie. I'm not sure if it was because I had a point to fixate on, or because it sufficiently distracted me, but it worked. And it works for my kids too.  

9. Be Prepared:  If you have someone prone to motion sickness in the car, the worst thing that can happen is to find yourself between exits on a highway without relief. Pack the oils, the ginger, some minty gum, the Dramamine, and a few gallon sized ZipLoc bags within reach. This way, no one feels caught  

About the Author: Meredith Napolitano blogs at, where she writes about raising kids while keeping her own identity as well! From kids's activities to organizational products, from parenting tips to suggestions for Mom's Night Out, she's got you covered! Follow her on Facebook!

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