Tips on Fighting Off Airsickness

What is airsickness and how does it affect people?

Airsickness is a form of motion sickness that occurs when someone is flying in an airplane. This condition occurs when your central nervous system receives confusing signals from your inner ear, eyes and muscles. This, in turn, causes a sense of disequilibrium. When this happens, nausea, vomiting, a disoriented sensation and a cold sweat may occur.  A simple explanation is that your ears feel motion, but from your eye’s perspective, you are sitting still. The fact that you are confined in a small, crowded area and can’t get any fresh air, makes things even worse. There are a number of tips available to help you combat this uncomfortable condition. Some are precautions that you can take beforehand, and some can be used if you develop airsickness during a flight.

Precautions to take before boarding:

1. If you have a history of airsickness, or are concerned about the possibility of it happening, choose a seat that is in the front of the plane or close to the wing when you book your flight. Also choose the window seat so that you can concentrate on the horizon whenever you start feeling sick. If you are traveling stand-by and can’t choose your seat, talk to the flight attendant to see if you can arrange to find a suitable seat.

2. Watch what you eat the day before your flight. Avoid fatty, greasy, salty, or spicy foods. Try not to consume any alcohol. Eat light meals, frequent snacks and drink lots of water. You don’t want to be dehydrated.

Tips to follow during the flight:

1. Turn your little fan above your seat so that it blows directly on you. This will help keep you cool.

2. No matter how bored you feel, it’s not a good idea to read. When you look directly down at a book which is held still, your body system gets disoriented because it senses the movement of the airplane.

3. Try munching on some crackers or drinking a carbonated drink slowly. Ginger Ale is a good choice. In fact, ginger tablets, ginger tea, gingersnaps or ginger candy may also help. Doctors recommend taking 250 mg of ginger three times a day before and during the flight. This remedy is helpful to some people. Eating olives before and during the flight can help reduce nausea because it reduces the amount of saliva in your mouth, and that may keep you from becoming nauseous and vomiting.

4. A remedy that sometimes works is to put pressure on your wrist with your first two fingers. You can buy special wrist bands with a knob that puts pressure on the wrist to combat nausea.

5. If none of the above remedies are effective, there are some over-the-counter medications that are sometimes quite effective to alleviate symptoms of airsickness.

There are a few conditions that make people particularly susceptible to airsickness. If you are especially fatigued, if you take certain prescription medicines, if you are pregnant or you are a small child, you may be more likely to have problems with airsickness.

This article was written by John Davis, an experienced freelance writer of travel articles across the web. Before going backpacking, he recommends getting some travel insurance in order to give you peace of mind while traveling. Make sure to check out Kanetix and their insurance rates when searching online at

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