Motion Sickness ~ The Philippine Mountaineering

Motion Sickness

The challenge on transportation can give a lot of problems to us as we go to our climbing destinations and one of these is the motion sickness. For some, this is just a dizziness and to others, this is a problem that might cause serious discomfort. Motion sickness progresses from a feeling of uneasiness to sweating and/or dizziness in some cases usually quickly followed by nausea and/or vomiting.

According to some medical posts, motion sickness or travel sickness is a condition in which a disagreement exists between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system's sense of movement. This is a common condition that occurs in some people who travel in air, land or water.  This unwanted feeling is caused by the mixed signals sent to the brain by the eyes and the inner ear (semicircular canals).

This post aim to give some pointers to consider to prevent motion sickness, for you to reach the jump-off in good condition.

1. Consume right. Watch your consumption of foods, drinks and alcohol before and during travel. Avoid excessive alcohol and foods or liquids that "do not agree with you" or make you feel unusually full. Heavy, spicy, or fat-rich foods may worsen motion sickness in some people.

2. Take the best seat. If possible, Sit in the front seat of a car. Try to choose a seat where you will experience the least motion. The middle of a vehicle is the calmest area. If taking boat, the lower level cabins near the center of a ship generally experience less motion than passengers in higher or outer cabins. Do not sit facing backwards from your direction while traveling.

3. Read NOT. Do not read while traveling if you are prone to motion sickness. When traveling by car or boat, it can sometimes help to keep your gaze fixed on the horizon or on a fixed point.

4. Good smell. Avoiding strong food odors may also help prevent nausea.

5. Meds will Do. The over-the-counter medication meclizine (Bonamine) can be a very effective preventive measure for short trips or for mild cases of motion sickness. Your doctor also may choose to prescribe medications for longer trips or if you repeatedly develop severe motion sickness. 

6. Vent it Out. Open a vent or source of fresh air if possible, allow yourself to wind blow as you travel. 

7. Leave them. Isolate yourself from others who may be suffering from motion sickness. Hearing others talk about motion sickness or seeing others becoming ill can sometimes make you feel ill yourself.

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