Motion sickness also known as travel sickness, airsickness, carsickness or seasickness may occur in response to certain types of movement, whether it is the person or what they are looking at (for example, a movie screen) that is moving. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 years are particularly prone to motion sickness.


  • Dizziness
  • Generally feeling unwell and tired
  • Excessive production of saliva
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Burping
  • Sweating

What can I do?

  • Medications either calm the nerves of the inner ear or soothe the brain’s vomiting centre. However, nearly all motion sickness pills are most effective if they are taken before you feel sick. Some motion sickness pills may cause drowsiness as a side effect.
  • During motion, look at an earth-fixed object. For example, if you are on a boat, try and look at the horizon or land masses from the deck, rather than the inside of the cabin.
  • Some people find that closing their eyes is the best way to eliminate sensory confusion.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before travelling and during the trip.
  • Make sure you have plenty of fresh air. Fumes or smoke can exacerbate symptoms.
  • On brief journeys, try not to eat or drink anything.
  • On long journeys, eat and drink sparingly and often.
  • Anxiety worsens symptoms. Use relaxation techniques and if your anxiety is marked, you could consider professional counselling.


Department of Health & Human Services. (2014). Motion Sickness.