You’re off on holidays and as much as you’re looking forward to hanging out at the destination, the three hours on the road is enough to fill you with dread.
Not only will you have to deal with the whining, fighting and ‘are we there yets?’ but if your kids are prone to motion sickness, it’s even less fun!
Try these tips below on how to stop car sickness happening in the first place:
Get children to look outside the car
They’re more likely to get motion sickness if they focus on books, games or other activities inside the car (yep, that iPad might need to go away).
Ask them to look for trees, animals etc to keep them focussed on what’s out the window.
Travel while they sleep
See if you can time your travel for their naptime. It reduces the time awake when they could get sick and also reduced the whining and fighting.
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Keep the meals bland
Pack crackers, water and other bland food. This is not the time to give them fried food or anything too spicy, sweet or heavy.
Crack the windows
Fresh air can help keep motion sickness at bay and also expel any smells that might make them nauseous (two hour old McDonalds smell anyone?)
Also plan breaks when the children can get out of the car, stretch their legs and get some fresh air.
Depending on their age there are different games you can play.
Singing songs is good for all ages, older pre-schoolers can count how many red cars, blue houses or trucks you pass. I spy is a classic; or use those hours to invent your own game.
Consider medical aids
Sea bands are good if they are small enough for your child’s wrist and if your child is over two, your pharmacist can recommend some medication.
Despite all this it still pays to have back up as sometimes you can’t prevent the inevitable.
Pack a carsick kit
An empty (large) ice cream container is your best friend. Fill it with the following and you’ve got all you need to quickly clean up:
- Hand sanitiser
- An empty plastic bag
- Spare clothing
- Small bottle of water
You simply tip out the contents and use the container as the ‘receptacle’. The plastic bag is for any dirty clothes so the smell doesn’t permeate the car.
Do you have any other tips to add that work for you and your family? Please share in the comments below.