Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday: Preventing Car Sickness

I enjoy a good blog meme from time to time when I have something to contribute AND I remember to actually post the idea. Works for Me Wednesday is one of my favorites and today is Wednesday and I remembered something I wanted to post about on the right day. Lucky you! LOL There are hundreds of tips every week. Head on over to Rocks in My Dryer to see this week's tips.

With summer here, many people are thinking about taking vacations and going camping. Or maybe you are thinking about going on a field trip that's farther away now that most of the extracurricular programs are finishing up for the year. Either way, you need to get there somehow.

Whether it is by car, train, boat, or plane, some people are plagued by motion sickness. I personally suffer through every kind of motion sickness there is. Car sickness? You betcha. If I'm in the car for more than two hours I'm going to be feeling it, especially if it is a warm day. If I drive I feel better, but it seems that it accumulates while I'm driving and if I switch places with the passenger I feel as if I was the passenger all along. Seasickness? Definitely. I can't even ride the ferry for 15 minutes without feeling a bit green. Airplanes do it too me too, especially those seats near the back of the plane. It doesn't matter how I get there, I'm going to be feeling rather nauseated on the way. But I found a way to prevent it!

Ginger. In capsules. With no ginger taste.

This bottle is my best friend when I'm traveling. I was skeptical at first but ginger won a special place in my medicine cabinet and glove box after my husband and I took a trip to Montana. Not only did I survive the 12 hour drive to his grandparent's farm, I read the whole way there. I did not experience so much as a minute of nausea the whole way. It was wonderful! I now take it about 30 minutes before every long car drive, boat trip (including the ferry), or flight. If the trip is longer, I repeat the dosage every 4 hours or so. I even give it to my kids (the ones old enough to swallow a capsule) to ensure they feel good for the trip too.

So next time you are planning a vacation, a camping trip, or a field trip that's far enough to cause someone to feel a bit of motion sickness, consider putting a bottle of ginger on your shopping list. It's safe. Kids can take it. And it causes no drowsiness like Dramamine does.

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Rebekah said...

I've never heard of trying ginger. I'll have to buy a bottle for my next trip. Car sickness is definitely not fun. :)

Anonymous said...

This sounds interesting! We just bought a boat and are planning to go offshore on Saturday - so I'm going to get some Ginger for sure!


Unknown said...

My son gets car sick and I am so thankful for your suggestion. I don't want to knock him out for him to go on a trip with us but he gets really really grouchy because he does not feel well. Thanks again a million.

Unknown said...

That is an excellent tip. We just discovered 1 out of 7 of our kids has carsickness to the point they vomit and its during a 25 min car ride. At first we thought she was sick until 2 weeks later we did the drive again and same thing. Then this past weekend, again. Ruled out coincidence, the child has motion sickness. I also suffer from car sickness but without the puking. I'm gonna try this on both of us.