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18 Drug-Free Tips for Preventing Car Sickness

I’m asking for superficial prayers my friends.

In two short days I’m heading on an 8 hour road trip with my carsick-prone kids for what I hope not to be a total barf fest. Ugh, I’m getting gaggy just thinking about it.

Since I was already researching ways to prevent the stench of kid vomit in my Honda Pilot and spring break travel is right around the corner, I thought I’d share what I learned about car barf prevention.

It was comforting to learn that an ounce of car sickness prevention was worth a pound of auto detailing.

This time mama’s prepared with these 18 simple drug-free tips :


  • Be a sucker 1 of 18
    Be a sucker
    Queasy Pops are a natural way to ease an upset stomach. I'm gettin' me five packs. Get Queasy Pops from Amazon, $6.09
  • Sea-Band it 2 of 18
    Sea-Band it
    Sea-Bands are drug-free wrist bands that naturally reduce nausea associated with motion sickness. I'll take two pairs of those as well.
    Get Sea-Bands for Children from Amazon, $8.39
  • Take regular breaks 3 of 18
    Take regular breaks
    No one wants to road trip it longer than absolutely necessary but taking regularly scheduled breaks can make your trip much more enjoyable. Breaks not only allow for good old-fashioned leg stretching, they also give your queasy kids a much needed break from constant motion. A good rule of thumb is to allow for at least an 20 minute break for every 2-3 hours of car travel.

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  • No headbanger’s ball 4 of 18
    No headbanger's ball
    If you're rocking out to some serious tunage on your road trip, be sure to let your little rock stars know that excessive head banging or head shaking can aggravate their car sickness symptoms. Keep it mellow man.

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  • Look to the horizon 5 of 18
    Look to the horizon
    Whizzing scenery out of a car's side window can turn little tummies upside down. Instead, have your child gaze on the horizon ahead.

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  • Inhale. 6 of 18
    Inhale.
    Slow deep breaths through the mouth can help relieve nausea associated with motion sickness.

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  • No reading, gaming, or DVD watching 7 of 18
    No reading, gaming, or DVD watching
    As tempting as it is to occupy your kids with books, portable game devices, and videos, these activities can cause the barfs. In fact, anything that involves focusing on a fixed spot while in motion can start the vomit ball rolling. Eww, I just said "vomit ball".

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  • Get minty fresh 8 of 18
    Get minty fresh
    Peppermint candies, or really, any hard candy can ease an upset stomach on the road. Finally, a use for those leftover candy canes.

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  • Come prepared 9 of 18
    Come prepared
    Bring an empty coffee can or container with a lid just in case anyone needs to puke on the road. You'll be glad you did...especially with a lid.

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  • Distraction action 10 of 18
    Distraction action
    Allow music or books on CD to take your queasy child's mind off the motion.

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  • Get in control 11 of 18
    Get in control
    Driving at a steady pace can help alleviate car sickness. If your car has cruise control, use it. If not, try your darndest to avoid jerky starts and stops. The less motion, the better.

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  • Get gingery 12 of 18
    Get gingery
    Ginger biscuits and ginger snaps are delicious treat that's known to ease an upset tummy during travel.

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  • Be cooler 13 of 18
    Be cooler
    It's a good idea to keep ginger ale and lemon-lime sodas in a cooler for queasy emergencies. The carbonation in soda can help ease nausea.

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  • Air care 14 of 18
    Air care
    There's nothing worse than feeling suffocated in the back seat. Make sure your child has plenty of fresh air and allow for proper ventilation.

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  • Eat a light snack before traveling 15 of 18
    Eat a light snack before traveling
    Never ever travel on an empty stomach. Without food, all those tummy juices get all kinds of angry once set in motion. A light snack such as Saltine crackers can keep your child from getting the gags.

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  • Sleep your way there 16 of 18
    Sleep your way there
    If you can at all time your travel to coincide with your child's natural sleeping schedule, do. Pack familiar blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals to help ease your child off to dreamland.

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  • Have a damp washcloth 17 of 18
    Have a damp washcloth
    It's a good idea to keep a damp washcloth rolled in a plastic bag in your cooler. If your child starts to get that nasty wave of sweaty nausea, a wet washcloth on their face and neck can help.

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  • Avoid fried foods 18 of 18
    Avoid fried foods
    Greasy fried foods can wreak havoc on unsettled tummies. Avoid foods with high salt/high fat content while traveling.

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Have any tried and true carsick remedies to add?

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