Sunday, May 8, 2016

Carsick Safe Activities for Road Trips!

Car sickness is no laughing matter. I jokingly tell everyone that I have adult onset motion sickness, but really, it's not a joke. It's not fun, and I hate it.

If I'm driving, I'm fine. If I'm the passenger in the front seat, I'm ok as long as I don't have to read anything. Seriously. Google Maps and Waze and GPS can navigate for you. But don't ask me to look up and read anything on my phone, and for goodness sake, don't hand me anything printed to read. Can't handle it. I was trying to amuse myself on two hour drive with my sister (who also has motion sickness issues, so she was driving) by playing on my phone a bit, and that was a bad idea. I was ok, but yeah, it took a minute. Not fun.

Now, as an adult, if I'm not driving, then theoretically there is another adult who is driving that I can interact with. I might not love long car rides, but I can handle them.

As a kid, motion sickness really stinks. My sister was one of those kids, and she remembers our long drives to vacation spots very differently than I do. I could read my books, draw, pretty much anything. She could not. Gazing out at the horizon was fine, but watching the scenery whip by so she'd have a fighting chance at Car Bingo was not. So she got bored. And nauseated. And crabby. And a bored crabby kid who really doesn't feel well makes everyone crabby.

So, inspired by my own motion sickness issues, I brainstormed for some ways to amuse everyone on a long trip that didn't involve reading, coloring, writing, or anything else that would induce nausea. From audiobooks to sing alongs to silly games that are played entirely verbally, there should be something to keep everyone happy. In fact, I've found such a love for audiobooks that it's now my go-to when I'm in the car alone!

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