Being tucked away in the privacy of the Caribbean Sea certainly has it’s benefits. Guaranteed relaxation, endless hours of sunshine and tropical landscapes so beautiful they make your eyes water. But unless you are a resident of these majestic islands, you’re looking at a multiple hour flight to find yourself there.
Unfortunately, many of our guests do tend to suffer from travel sickness, so we have compiled our top tips into preventing and treating this frustrating affliction.
Did you know…
• Women are more susceptible to travel sickness than men, especially if pregnant.
• The sickness is most common in children aged between 3 and 12 years, however most teenagers grow out of travel sickness.
• In most cases, the travel sickness improves as your body adapts to the conditions causing the problem.
• Can be triggered by anxiety or strong smells, or by concentrating on reading or moving images.
Identifying Travel Sickness
• An unpleasant combination of symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Headaches and cold sweats are also common.
• The symptoms occur when there is conflict between what your eyes are seeing and what your inner ear is sensing. The brain then receives scrambled information, which brings on the travel sickness. A sensory mismatch if you will.
Preventing The Symptoms – Before You Fly
• Avoid eating large meals or drinking alcohol before travelling (that means no celebratory champagne!)
• It is also wise to avoid eating overly rich foods before travelling including spicy or fatty food.
• Do eat a small meal however, if you do have to vomit, you’ll expel something other than bile which really stings. Low fat/bland meals are best in preparation.
• Take any medication before travelling as it takes a while to ingest into the system, and does not work if you are already experiencing symptoms.
• Request a seat near the wings, and a window seat. If you can see the plane physically moving, the sense of movement from your inner ear will not seem so contrasting.
• It is best to sit in an area with the smoothest ride.
• Avoid strong odours as these can inflame your symptoms.
Treating Travel Sickness – During Your Flight
DIY (Cure Yourself)
• Minimize head and body movements.
• Fix your vision on a stable object.
• Get some fresh air as soon as you can after the flight.
• Relax with your favourite podcast or music.
• Distraction is key as many of the symptoms manifest themselves psychologically. Use a mental game as a way to avoid your feeling of sickness.
• Stay calm and do not panic.
• Do not read or watch a film as this can confuse your senses even more.
• Sleep is the best cure – utter tranquility!
• Close your eyes – if you can’t see that removes the cause of travel sickness.
• Avoid standing and swaying as this can bring on sickness.
• Stay away from others who are sick – power of suggestion is very strong with those who are suffering.
• Scoplamine patches
• Ginger supplements, biscuits and tea are well known as a cure for sickness. As a last resort Ginger Ale is readily available on most aircrafts.
• Acupressure bands worn inside of your wrist, stimulate pressure points that suppress the feeling of sickness.
• Coke contains phosphoric acid and sugars, the same ingredients as you’ll find in over-the-counter nausea drugs.
If you have not experienced travel sickness during other journeys, it is wise to bring a few handy items that may prove very useful if queasiness suddenly strikes at 35,00 feet.
Pack Your Defence Against Travel Sickness
• A small plain snack work best as they replace any salts you may inadvertently use vomiting or nervously sweating. We suggest crackers, pretzels and plain crisps.
• An iPod with relaxing tunes.
• Water/club soda/ginger ale to replenish any lost fluid and cure dehydration, which leads to headaches. • An inflatable pillow to get a decent nap.
• Mint gum or sweets (long lasting) – but remember to suck, not chew, to retain flavor for the longest.
If you would like to find out more about the symptoms or treatments of travel sickness, we thoroughly suggest you contact your local doctor or chemist, who will be able to provide you with a wealth of information on enjoying your travel.