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How to Avoid Getting Sick on Amusement Park Rides

Enjoy those thrilling theme park rides without losing your lunch.


  • Step 1: Take motion sickness medication Take an over-the-counter motion sickness medication, like Dramamine, at least an hour before you begin going on rides. But don’t take anything if you’re going to be behind the wheel, as these meds can cause drowsiness.
  • Step 2: Take some ginger If you want a natural remedy, take a capsule or two of powdered ginger, available at health stores. Studies have shown ginger is effective in combating motion sickness.
  • Step 3: Stay hydrated Sip water throughout the day. Being dehydrated increases your risk of ride-induced nausea and headaches.
  • Step 4: Don’t stuff yourself Resist the urge to stuff yourself. Getting on a ride with a belly full of funnel cakes and corn dogs is just asking for it.
  • TIP: Enjoy whatever junk food you want by eating mini-meals throughout the day.
  • Step 5: Sit in the front If you have a choice, always sit in the front of the ride. Your chances of getting nauseous are higher in the back.
  • Step 6: Avoid multiple motion Avoid rides with multiple motions. Sitting in a cup that is twirling, tilting, rising, and descending—all while moving counterclockwise—is a recipe for disaster.
  • TIP: Rides with the highest barf factor are those that spin or rock back and forth, roller coasters with turns that are tight and frequent, and rides that often go upside down.
  • Step 7: Try pressure point bracelets Try wearing pressure point bracelets; some people find them very effective. They’re available at drugstores.
  • FACT: In 2003, an American man rode a roller coaster in an English amusement park for 401 hours, or more than 16 days.

You Will Need

  • Motion sickness medication
  • Water
  • Self-control
  • A seat at the front
  • Pressure point bracelets
  • Prescription motion sickness patches

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