How to Handle Carsickness

Motion sickness happens when your inner ear tells your brain that you’re in motion, but your eyes say you’re not moving. Here's how to beat it.


  • Step 1: Prevent car sickness Prevent carsickness if you are prone to motion sickness by using a scopolamine patch. Place it behind your ear 30 to 60 minutes before your trip. An antihistamine with dimenhydrinate is also effective, but could make you drowsy.
  • TIP: Take a ginger supplement or drink ginger ale as a natural alternative to prevents motion sickness.
  • Step 2: Sit in the front Sit in the front seat if you are prone to carsickness, or better yet, drive.
  • Step 3: Look out at the horizon Look at the horizon. Your eyes will register that you are moving without causing dizziness from looking at close objects whizzing by.
  • Step 4: Roll down the window Roll down the window and get fresh air if you feel the onset of carsickness. Keep your head still, and don’t make any sudden movements.
  • TIP: Never read in the car.
  • Step 5: Eat crackers and drink a carbonated drink Eat plain crackers and drink a clear, carbonated beverage to settle your stomach. Club soda or ginger ale is a good choice.
  • TIP: Avoid spicy and greasy food, alcohol, and cigarette smoke before and during a trip, which may exacerbate nausea.
  • Step 6: Carry sealable plastic bags Carry sealable plastic bags while on a trip in case you need to suddenly empty your stomach.
  • Step 7: Take breaks Take frequent breaks if you’re on a long trip or driving along a winding road. A rest stop each hour to stretch should help.
  • FACT: Dogs get carsick, too, but in 95 percent of cases, it is stress related and not motion related.

You Will Need

  • A scopolamine patch
  • An antihistamine with dimenhydrinate
  • Crackers
  • A carbonated drink
  • Sealable plastic bags

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