You’re not alone – even pilots get airsick. Here are some hints to combat the symptoms.
- Step 1: If you start to feel sick but can't reach the bathroom, use the airsick bag. Look for it in the seatback pocket after boarding or ask the flight attendant to provide a few before takeoff. Not all airlines put them in every seat. Discreetly emptying your stomach could relieve nausea and dizziness.
- Step 2: Relax. Anxiety and stress are known to make people more prone to airsickness and make existing symptoms worse. Calming your mind and thinking of your destination will make the flight much smoother.
- FACT: Did you know? Women are more prone to airsickness than men, especially during pregnancy or menstruation.
- Step 3: Have plain crackers and a clear, carbonated beverage to settle your stomach. Club soda is a good choice.
- TIP: Focus on a stationary object and don’t read.
- TIP: Fresh or powdered ginger root is a safe, natural alternative shown to prevent motion sickness.
- Step 4: Don’t eat a heavy meal before your trip or indulge in greasy, acidic, or spicy foods, which could exacerbate stomach queasiness. Smoking and drinking alcohol are also taboo.
- Step 5: Point the air vent directly onto you and recline in your seat at the onset of airsickness. Rest your head against the seat back, keep your head still, and don’t make any sudden movements.
- Step 6: If you are prone to motion sickness, use a scopolamine patch. Place it behind your ear 30 to 60 minutes before travel. An antihistamine with dimenhydrinate can also work, but it may make you drowsy.