Travel and Sea Sickness

Travelling can be an exciting and fun experience, but you won't enjoy it to the fullest if the motion of planes, trains, cars or boats makes you feel ill. Travel and sea sickness is quite a common condition in both children and adults.  On this page, we offer a variety of treatment and remedy options that will help keep your travel sickness symptoms at bay, and let you enjoy your travel again. What is travel sickness?  |  Who is susceptible?  |  Common triggers  |  Symptoms  |  Medication options  |  Natural remedies  |  Prevention tipsPrices are Inclusive of GST (sales Tax).

Page updated 22/01/17 6:57:18 a.m.
SEABAND NAUSEA RELIEF WRIST BAND BLUE
SEABAND NAUSEA RELIEF WRIST BAND BLUE
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Use SeaBand Nausea Relief Wrist Band Blue for help towards natural relief from motion sickness, morning sickness and post-operative or chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. It is a drug-free solution that has been proven to be effective without any side effects.
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NO DOZ PLUS 24 TABLETS
NO DOZ PLUS 24 TABLETS
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  • Provides 100 mg of caffeine in each tablet
  • Helps you remain alert and wide awake.
  • Ideal for studying, working, partying or getting over the "afternoon slump".
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DIAMIDE 2MG 20 CAPSULES
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Contains the active ingredient Loperamide Hydrochloride, an effective treatment for acute or chronic diarrhea.
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SEA BAND NAUSEA RELIEF WRIST BAND ADULT BLACK
$27.14 $30.50
A unique acupressure band that provides all natural, drug free support during symptoms associated with motion and morning sickness. One size fits all adults.
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TRIP EASE TABLETS 32
TRIP EASE TABLETS 32
$10.67 $11.99
Formulated using 5 homeopathic remedies, these natural and effective tablets can be taken once every hour while motion sickness persists, and are suitable for adults and children.
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BLACKMORES TRAVEL CALM GINGER 45 TABLETS
BLACKMORES TRAVEL CALM GINGER 45 TABLETS
$18.50
Blackmores Travel Calm Ginger Tablet is a non-drowsy formula to support comfortable travel by car, air or sea. If taken prior to traveling, it helps reduce symptoms associated with motion sickness such as nausea, vomiting, vertigo and cold sweats.
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FLENTS EZY TRAVEL WRISTBANDS
FLENTS EZY TRAVEL WRISTBANDS
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To help relieve travel nausea in a natural way, use Flents Enzy Travel Wristbands. By gently exerting pressure on known acupressure points, these wristbands offer drug-free relief for motion sickness.
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KIDS TRAVEL SICKNESS LOLLIPOPS 10s
KIDS TRAVEL SICKNESS LOLLIPOPS 10s
$15.12 $16.99
A homeopathic lozenge, Kids Travel Sickness Lollipops in strawberry flavour may assist in providing relief from travel sickness, motion sickness and nausea.
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SEA BAND NAUSEA BRACELET 2
SEA BAND NAUSEA BRACELET 2
$30.99
Seaband bracelets work using carefully controlled acupressure on both wrists to help with seasickness without drugs and side effects.
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NO JET LAG TABLETS 32
NO JET LAG TABLETS 32
$11.50
Jet lag can really effect the success and enjoyment of your travel be it for business or pleasure. No Jet Lag is a homeopathic remedy to counter act Jet Lag.
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NO DOZ TABLETS 24
NO DOZ TABLETS 24
$12.02 $13.50
No Doz tablets can be taken for For relief from fatigue and Drowsiness each tablet contains 100mg of caffeine which is equivalent to about a cup of coffee. These tablets are for occasional use to assist you in remaining alert and wide awake.
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THE GINGER PEOPLE GIN GINS BOOST 31g
THE GINGER PEOPLE GIN GINS BOOST 31g
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An all natural travel candy made with 30% fresh ginger to aid in providing relief from symptoms of motion sickness.
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NO SHIFT LAG TABLETS BLISTER 32
NO SHIFT LAG TABLETS BLISTER 32
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A homeopathic preparation, No Shift Lag Tablet may aid in preventing the effects of shift lag. It is made of 5 homeopathic ingredients that have known properties to aid in countering the effects of shift lag.
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1ABOVE THE FLIGHT DRINK 10HR 13G
1ABOVE THE FLIGHT DRINK 10HR 13G
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1Above The Flight Drink is an effervescent tablet specially formulated to help you fight long haul related discomforts. An easy to take tablet that is secure to take on flights.
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What is travel sickness?

Travel sickness is the disturbance of the inner ear caused by conflicts in the information received by the different sensory systems responsible for monitoring balance in the body. It can be experienced in any type of moving vehicle, for example, car, airplane, boat or amusement park rides.  Travel sickness and seasickness are one and the same thing.

These are the various parts of the sensory system responsible for monitoring motion and balance in our body:
Inner ears - monitor the direction of motion
Eyes - monitor where the body is and in what direction or motion it is going
Skin pressure sensors - monitors what parts of the body are touching something
Muscle and joint sensors - monitor what parts of the body are moving

Who is most susceptible to travel sickness?

Children who are between 2 to 12 years old are more likely to experience or suffer from travel sickness as compared to adults and younger children. Women more than men are also more susceptible to this condition, which is sometimes attributed to hormonal changes that happen in a woman's body during pregnancy and menstruation.

What can trigger travel sickness?

  • Certain foods and beverages. For example, fatty and spicy foods and fizzy or alcoholic beverages
  • Fumes and petrol
  • Anxiety
  • Reading a book or a map while travelling
  • Playing computer games

What are the common symptoms of travel sickness?

  • Dizziness
  • Feeling unwell and tired
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Yawning
  • Hyperventilating
  • Burping
  • Headache
  • Looking very pale
  • Excessive production of saliva
  • Sweating

What are the medication options?

Medication can be effective in lessening the possibility of experiencing travel or motion sickness.   Taking motion sickness pills will only be effective if taken prior to travel. Depending on what type of medicine you are taking, some can be taken 30 minutes to 2 hours before travel. Others can even be taken 5-6 hours before travel time or the night before.
Here are some of the common types of medication used to treat travel sickness:
Antihistamines - examples are: chlorpheniramine, cyclizine, cyclizine HCl, dimenhydrinate, diphenhydramine, meclizine
Anticholinergics - Scopolamine is the most widely used and proven to be effective at preventing motion sickness. It is usually administered in a patch form.
Antidopaminergics - promethazine (Phenergan, Pentazine) and metoclopramide (Reglan) are examples in this category
Other Medications - Ephedrine and some amphetamines are used to help counter the sedating effects of other medical treatments.   Benzodiazepines have also been useful for some people with motion sickness. Antiemetic (anti-nausea) medications have been used to control nausea and vomiting after motion sickness has developed.

What natural remedies are available?

Natural remedies are sometimes the better option because these are generally free from side effects and do not cause drowsiness.  However, if you are pregnant and or breastfeeding, taking medications, or unsure, it is always best to consult with your doctor.
 
Ginger - even for those who are not particularly fond of its taste, there are a lot of forms that you can take. Because it is widely known to be effective, even instantly, there are a lot of preparations that can suit your taste: cookies, candies, tea, juice or even pills.
 
Peppermint - just like ginger, peppermint can also help calm the stomach and ease motion sickness symptoms.
 
Other herbs - fenugreek, fennel, black horehound, marjoram, rosemary, basil, cloves, licorice, nutmeg and chamomile tea

Acupressure - there are sea sickness bands that work by pressing on an acupressure point to help provide relief for travel or motion sickness.

How do I prevent getting travel sickness?

Although once you've had an episode of travel sickness, it is likely you will be susceptible each time you travel, there are some measures you can take to help lessen the effects, and even prevent it from happening. 

Here is a list of simple tips to follow:

Avoid food and drinks that usually cause you to feel sick before travelling. These usually include alcoholic beverages, soda, spicy, fatty, and rich creamy food.
Avoid strong odours and scents.
Choose a spot or seat that will not cause you to feel sick. The middle of a plane over the wing is considered to be the calmest area. Whilst on a ship, the lower level cabins near the center usually have less motion.
Always face the direction of the travel.
Gaze your eyes directly to the front of the vehicle and avoid looking to the sides.
Sit in the front seat of the car.
Do not read or use your phone or any gadget while travelling.
Open a vent or source of fresh air.
Do not go near people who are already having episodes of motion sickness. Being around people who talk about motion sickness will affect your disposition and can trigger an attack. Page updated 22/01/17 6:57:19 a.m.
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