11 Useful Motion Sickness Remedies To Know For Summer Travel

Don't let motion sickness put a damper on your summer travel plans! Use these 11 natural remedies to keep nausea at bay.

Jill Nystul • June 10, 2024

Jill Nystul • June 10, 2024

Jill Nystul • June 10, 2024

Jill Nystul • June 10, 2024

Don’t Let Car Sickness Or Motion Sickness Ruin Summer Travel

I’ve dealt with car sickness for as long as I can remember, but when I was a kid, it was usually only an issue when I was riding in the back seat or reading a book. Unfortunately, I seem to experience motion sickness more and more often as time goes by!

With Memorial Day coming up next Monday, a lot of us have summer travel on our minds, so what better time to address the subject of motion sickness? Air sickness and sea sickness are just as miserable as car sickness, and will surely put a damper on your summer fun if you’re not prepared with one or two nausea remedies!

In this post, I’ve rounded up a list of natural remedies for motion sickness to share with you, just in time for your summer travel plans. Whether it’s you, your significant other, or your kids or grandkids that struggles with motion sickness, these remedies are sure to help!

11 Natural Remedies For Motion Sickness & Nausea

1. Use Essential Oils

Tum Ease is an essential oil blend that features several oils that can help settle queasiness, including coriander, pink grapefruit, sweet marjoram, ginger, sweet fennel, and more. It comes in a handy roll-on bottle that you can carry with you and swipe on whenever you start feeling unsettled.

You can apply Tum Ease to the bottoms of your feet or on your lower abdomen. If you’re especially prone to car sickness, apply it a few hours before you get in the car. You can also swipe a bit under your nose while you’re in the car, or put a few drops on a cotton ball or pad and stick it in one of the car’s air vents for a DIY “diffuser”.

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2. Eat Or Drink Ginger

My mom always gave me ginger ale when I had an upset stomach as a kid, so it makes sense that ginger helps with motion sickness as well. You can infuse water or juice with fresh ginger, suck on ginger hard candies, eat ginger cookies, rub ginger essential oil on your wrists, or go back to the old stand-by of drinking a cold glass of ginger ale.

3. Have A Snack

Personally, I’ve found that I’m much more likely to get car sick if my stomach is empty! I’ve been able to combat this effect by eating bland foods like bread, crackers, or nuts before or during a trip in the car.

Sipping on ginger ale, sparkling water, or ice water helps as well! I wouldn’t recommend going overboard on caffeinated beverages, though, as they can make you dehydrated and worsen symptoms of motion sickness.

4. Take Deep Breaths

Take several slow, deep breaths to calm your body down. This is especially helpful if dizziness accompanies your nausea.

5. Get Some Fresh Air

Open the car window and let in a bit of fresh air. Sometimes it helps to stick your hand out the window as well. If you’re driving too fast to have the window open, turn up the AC and let it blow in your face for a few minutes.

6. Try Acupressure Wrist Bands

I haven’t tried Sea-Bands personally, but I’ve heard some really positive things about them from people who use them for motion sickness relief while traveling. These knitted elasticated wrist bands apply pressure to the Nei Kuan acupressure point — a pressure point that can help relieve nausea — on your wrist via a plastic stud.

7. Get A Whiff Of Isopropyl Alcohol

Someone dealing with nausea due to chemotherapy told me that gently sniffing an alcohol-based sanitizing wipe had them feeling fine again in no time.

8. Sit On Newspaper

Place a couple of pieces of newspaper in a pillowcase and sit on them while you drive, or place a brown paper bag under your shirt, over your stomach. (I’m not sure how either of these is supposed to work, but I’ve seen them recommended for nausea in multiple places!)

9. Get Your Ears Checked

While doing research while writing this post, I learned that motion sickness can sometimes be caused by inner ear problems. Get your ears checked by your doctor to make sure that isn’t the case for you!

10. Take A Nap

If you’re trapped in the car on a long drive, don’t underestimate the healing power a good, long nap. I can’t guarantee that you’ll be cured by the time you’ll wake up, but you can be preoccupied about feeling queasy if you’re asleep!

11. Offer To Drive

If motion sickness always hits you when you’re in the passenger seat, consider offering to drive instead. According to the CDC, motion sickness results from seeing movement that doesn’t match up with the movement you sense in your inner ear. Being behind the wheel can improve the connection between your senses and reduce this effect.