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How To Avoid Air Sickness on Your Next Plane Trip

Updated on February 27, 2010

Air sickness is a big problem for many people. In fact, air sickness can be so serious that it can affect some people the minute they step into the plane! Getting sick after finding great deals for low priced flights defeats the purpose! No matter how long you've looked forward to visiting a friend or a special place, air sickness takes the enjoyment out of any trip.


Air sickness happens when your brain receives mixed messages. At times your body appears to be moving or shaking, but at other times your body appears to be still or not moving.


There are some things you can do to eliminate, or at least, decrease air sickness while traveling on a plane.


  • Never fly on an empty or full stomach. Eating a large meal before getting on a flight can increase your chances of air sickness, just as flying on an empty stomach. Instead, eat a light mean before your flight. Eating things like, crackers, fresh fruit, and olives can help to avoid air sickness attacks.


  • Try to think of enjoyable things instead of about getting air sick. Thinking about getting sick can convince your body to believe it will be or is sick.


  • Take over the counter air sickness medicines, such as Dramamine or Bonine before taking off and landing. Air sickness medicines work by helping to prevent confusion within your brain.


  • For some people, acupressure wristbands have helped. These types of wristbands can be purchased at most any pharmacy.


  • Try to remain in your seat. Sitting still helps to eliminate confusing messages to your brain, so that sudden movements by the plane will not affect you as much.


  • Although, flights can be boring avoid reading on a plane. For many people, reading and motion can cause them to feel sick.


  • Try to sit close to the wings of the plane. This area of a plane tends to be more stable, and has less shaking. Shaking can send confusing signals to the brain because to the eye, it appears you are not moving, but yet your body can feel movement.


  • Air sickness patches can also help avoid air sickness. Scopolamine patches are worn behind your ear, however, they can have side effects, such as, drowsiness, dry mouth and blurry vision.


  • Sometimes people worry about accidents or are afraid of heights. Watching airplanes take off and learning a bit about what actually goes on can help you overcome fears about flying.


Before your next flight, try to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Eat right, exercise to get blood flowing through your body and provide adequate oxygen level in the blood, and envision calm, happy thoughts.


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      Barbara Eisenberg 7 years ago from Titusville

      Thank you for your comments, Lovely Paper and Creative One.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you ivori, great adivec, I mostly sit on the iwng anyway, but thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      Good advice. Thanks.