Go World Travel is reader-supported and may earn a commission from purchases made through links in this piece.
Travel is one of the most adventurous and gratifying experiences we can have. But it can also be quite trying, especially for those with sensitive stomachs. Traveling long distances by plane or car, crossing time zones, and stepping into a new climate can wreak havoc on your stomach.
But there are some ways to avoid travel sickness and feel better on the plane or in the car. Here is what you need to know to help you enjoy your trip without regret.
Take some time to adjust to new environments
No matter what time of year, your body needs some time to adjust to new environments. Even if you are traveling to an area with a similar temperature or culture, it can take a while for your body to acclimate.
That’s because the sensory input that stimulates hunger, thirst, sleep-wake cycles, and cardiovascular function are now different.
So when you first arrive at your destination, try not to go exploring right away. Instead, give your body some time to adjust before you start running around town! You’ll avoid feeling sick and having an upset stomach.
Eat small healthy snacks before and during your trip
One of the best ways to avoid the unpleasant side effects of travel is to eat small healthy snacks before and during your flight or travel. This will help you feel less hungry and more satisfied on your trip.
Try to avoid large meals before a flight or long car ride. Fruit and nuts are always great snacks to take along.
Stay hydrated on the go by drinking water
The key to avoiding travel sickness is staying hydrated. Staying hydrated will keep your stomach strong and help rid the feeling of queasiness that may come with traveling.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids when you are at home too.
Stretch, don’t sit still for too long
Sitting still for a long period of time is a recipe for disaster. When you’re sitting with your head tilted downward your back takes on a lot of pressure. Stretching out every hour or so can make a huge difference in how you feel during travel.
Mind your sleep
There is no substitute for good sleep. It’s essential to your overall health and wellbeing, and it’s especially important when you’re traveling. You’ll be more likely to feel better if you get plenty of rest before, during, and after your trip.
Wash your hands
This is a no-brainer but consistent hand washing significantly reduces disease spread. When you travel, you come in contact with all manner of pathogens. If you touch something lots of other people touch with your hand, those germs go everywhere your hand goes.
Just wash your hands.
Visit a doctor (before) you go
Some people are just more prone to travel sickness than others. That being said, you should visit your doctor before you go on any trips if you have a history of motion sickness or stomach problems.
The doctor will be able to prescribe medication that will keep your stomach at bay during the trip. They can also address any pre-travel medical concerns you might have.
Read more travel tips in our articles below:
Author Bio: Sandy Page is a life-long adventurer. In her free time, she reads and consumes copious amounts of hot beverages.