First Aid For Driving Sickness

Facts About Driving Sickness

  • Any type of transport may cause transport sickness (driving sickness)
  • It may occur suddenly or gradually
  • Frequent experiencing nausea and dizziness that can cause vomiting
  • Medication against transport sickness works best if taken before transport

What is transport sickness?

  • Any type of transport can cause a transport disorder or driving sickness, as it is also called
  • It may occur suddenly, or come gradually
  • You often get nausea, dizzy and throw up
  • Transport sickness usually ends when you are no longer in motion
  • You can avoid transportation at good planning

Preventive driving sickness

  • Precautions when traveling with:
    • Ship
      • Ask for a cabin in the middle of the ship near the waterline
    • Plane
      • Ask to get a seat at the front of the wing
      • When boarding, set the air valve to face your face
    • Train
      • Choose a seat near the window and face in the direction of travel
    • Car
      • Drive yourself or sit on the front seat next to the driver

General advice

  • Focus on the horizon or on a remote stationary object
  • Do not read or watch a screen such as mobile phone, tablet or PC
  • Keep your head calm and rest against the head restraint
  • Do not smoke or sit close to someone who smokes
  • Avoid spicy food and alcohol
  • Do not eat too much
  • Take medicine for driving sickness. It can be bought at the pharmacy at the time of purchase. These types of antihistamine are anti-dandruff, and they work drowsy if they are going to work for driving sickness
  • You can also get so-called scopolamine patches that are extremely effective. However, this patch requires medical prescription and has more side effects
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