motion sickness

Riding The Rails

Riding The Rails

Train travel sounds so romantic, at least to those of us who don’t use them for our daily commute.

The Orient Express, the 20th Century Limited, the Flying Scotsman — their very names evoke a sense of luxury, intrigue, and yes, darn it, romance.

But, if you suffer from motion sickness, train travel can bring forth a sense of nausea, cold sweat, and dizziness.

If the rails call to you, or you’re required to ride the rails to work, we have a few tips for fighting off motion sickness.

Sit facing forward. Request such a seat, if possible, or if the only available seats are facing toward the rear of the car, ask the conductor if he or she could turn a seat around to face the front.

Don’t read or try to watch a video. Just like in a car, it’s better to keep your eyes looking forward or even close them if you don’t need to watch for your stop.

Stay in your seat, if you can. Walking around on a moving train will almost certainly increase your feeling of motion sickness.

A soft breeze blowing in your face helps. Bring one of those battery-operated hand fans with you, or just fan yourself with a magazine. If you can open a window, all the better, but that’s not always possible on trains.

Sip water or ginger ale during your trip. Eat light snacks—nothing too greasy or fatty—just something to keep in your stomach, as that helps with nausea.

ReliefBand helps to control the symptoms of motion sickness for many people. If you haven’t tried one yet, it’s definitely worth investigating.

If you have tips to share with others, please do so in the comments! Anyone who’s battled motion sickness knows it’s not something that can just be ignored. Any help is appreciated.



Image courtesy of Lawrence and David Barera

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