Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Create Your Own Motion Sickness Kit

As you may recall, we're expecting our first baby in February and we just moved across the country. What you probably don't know is that the wife suffers from motion sickness during any trip that we take (this has been going on since childhood). Pregnancy meant saying no to the usual meds and finding safer remedies for our multiple days trip. Today, we're bringing you a guide to creating your own kit and saying goodbye to those meds for your next trip! (This kit seriously works - there was no throwing up that took place during the trip!)

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Most of these items can be found at the dollar store or your local grocery store. We've included links in case you want more information on the items or are an order online lover. 

Closed Container
Any container will do for this first item. I do recommend making sure that it will hold all of the other items and is big enough for you to use as a puke bucket. (Yes, I said puke on our blog.) Growing up, we always had a puke bucket for me to use in the back seat. On this last trip, I decided to buy a cheap container with a lid that would hold all of the goodies for my kit. (Seriously - don't spend a fortune on something you might be vomiting into!) I opted for a round container from the dollar store, but you could easily go with a shoebox shaped container instead. (Hopefully that gives you a size idea as well!)

Acupressure Wrist Bands
These were an absolute life saver and probably the most expensive item in the whole kit. There are several different bands out there, but I opted for these colorful Psi bands. I kept them on the entire time we traveled and I really think they helped a lot. I will say that I felt they helped the most on the first day or two. As my body got used to them, I feel like the effects wore off some. (That's where the other contents of the kit were helpful though!) I do highly recommend trying out the wrist bands if you're prone to motion sickness.

You're probably wondering if I'm losing my mind. Surely sugar and candy is the last thing you want to put into an upset stomach. I'd agree with you on this except for one thing - mint and ginger are both extremely powerful nausea aids. I packed Tic Tacs, peppermint gum, and ginger chews into our kit. I discovered that I'm not much for ginger; however, the Tic Tacs were a life saver on more than one occasion. Whenever my stomach would start feeling queasy, I'd pop a couple in my mouth and it would make a huge difference! (Want to make sure you get the right ones? Click here to double check!)

I'm going to recommend a few different drinks to have on hand. (I kept these in the cooler rather than the kit itself so that they would stay cold.) The first I'm going to recommend is an old remedy I remember from my childhood and that's 7-UP. This was our go to drink as a kid for upset stomachs and I still use it for that to this day. Another drink that's good for upset stomachs is ginger ale (remember that ginger comment above? Yeah - ginger ale doesn't work so well for me.) I also recommend having water and Gatorade on hand for rehydrating as needed. The water can also be helpful if you need to clean up at some point... (Hopefully you won't have to though!)

Bags are super important for two reasons - they work for storage and clean up. I packed several gallon sized sipper bags that could be used for clean up or storage. I also packed a few small trash bags that could be used for clean up. We ended up using them for our trash more than anything. 

This one is especially helpful for kids since they tend to be messier and less in control of their actions. It never hurts to have a change of clothes handy in case there is an inevitable mess that happens. I also recommend having a towel or two on hand for those messy moments that might happen!

I hope these items help you as much as they helped me! Do you have any other suggestions for motion sickness or morning sickness remedies?

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