About Motion Sickness

Whether you’re taking a short trip or extended getaway, by boat, plane, or car, you want to be able to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. But no matter how well travelled you are, motion sickness can turn an exciting journey into an unpleasant chore.

Anyone can suffer from motion sickness, but being prepared and taking preventative measures like TravaCalm can put you in control, give you peace of mind and provide comfort when you travel.

Motion sickness – also known as travel sickness, airsickness, carsickness or seasickness – is the result of conflicting messages being sent to your brain.

For example, if you are on a boat, the inner ears send messages to the brain telling it that the body is moving, but the eyes send messages saying that the body is stationary. Also the reverse can occur, for example when in a car or a train, the eyes send messages saying that you are moving, but because you are sitting still the ears are sending an opposing messages. This conflicting information may cause unpleasant motion sickness symptoms as the body struggles to find its usual sense of balance.

Whatever the cause, motion sickness can feel awful. Read about some of the symptoms here.

Motion sickness symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Cold sweats
  • Headache
  • Increased salivation

Here’s the good news – motion sickness can often be prevented.

Learn about some of the preventative measures you can take here.

Here are some preventative measures you can try:

  • During motion, look at the horizon or a distant, stationary object
  • Sit in the front seat of the car during car rides and keep your eyes on the road as if you were driving
  • Sit in the centre of a ship or the front edge of the wing on a plane, where there is the least amount of motion
  • Take a turn driving – you are less likely to get motion sickness when you are driving
  • Try closing your eyes to eliminate sensory confusion
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before travelling and during the trip
  • Make sure you have plenty of fresh air
  • Always face the direction of travel
  • If travelling on a bus or train, sit in a forward facing seat
  • Avoid reading or looking at a screen
  • Take a motion sickness medication before you start your journey, like a TravaCalm product. Discover the TravaCalm product range here.

It is generally easier to prevent motion sickness than it is to treat motion sickness symptoms after they have started. If you have already started vomiting, it will be much harder to keep oral medication down – let alone give it time to be absorbed.

The TravaCalm product range includes products which can prevent the onset of motion sickness symptoms, allowing you to start enjoying your getaway from the moment you set out (and not hours after you arrive).

TravaCalm is Australia’s most preferred motion sickness brand*.

Check out the TravaCalm product range here.


*Based on market research conducted on
behalf of Key Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd in
Australia, 2020.