Travel Sickness Prevention Tips for Kids: 5 Easy Ways

Kids are natural-born explorers. They love to explore new places, and it’s a part of their development that they should be encouraged in! However, kids can get sick on long car rides or flights due to the change in altitude or food choices. I

There are usually two ways kids get car sick during travel – with or without motion. Motion sickness is caused by the kids “seeing” themselves in motion, so kids who feel carsick with motion will probably not feel better sitting still.

Symptoms of Travel Sickness

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Dry mouth and throat from dehydration, which could lead to a headache.

There are many things kids can do to avoid the queasy feeling kids get when they start traveling.

Some kids may not be able to help it and will still feel car sick, but there are ways kids can lessen their chances of this happening.

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5 easy ways to prevent kids from getting travel sickness.

1) Prevent kids from getting carsick by avoiding any unnecessary motions while driving.

If you are driving with a child, it is best not to drive too much, or else they will become queasy and feel ill. When moving the car, take extra caution when going over bumps in the road so that your kid does not get sick while on their way home from school, for instance.

2) Providing kids with distractions before, during, and after the trip to keep kids occupied and focused on something other than being in a moving vehicle.

Think of the time you spend in a car as an opportunity to engage your kids with all sorts of new games and activities. Pack some favorite toys, snacks that are easy for little hands to handle (like pretzels), magazines or coloring books if they’re old enough, water bottles…anything else might work here!

3) Ensure kids wear a seatbelt at all times and ensure they buckle up as soon as they get in the car or truck. This prevents kids from leaning over the seat and getting sick.

4) The kids in the back seat should have a window cover, so they don’t see out of the windows and get motion sick.

It’s a long ride, and the kids in the back are getting restless. They’re curious about what is going on outside of their windows, but they don’t want to get sick from looking at it too closely. One way to keep their content for longer would be installing window covers that block out everything except light coming through the windshield, so they feel like playing games or watching movies without having anything distracting interfere with their view while also protecting them from sunlight glare that can cause headaches, nausea, and vomiting when seen up close over an extended period of time.

5) Finally, kids need to be drinking plenty of fluids during travel to avoid dehydration. This is especially important when kids are traveling by plane because there’s no gravity for them on board! You can also give kids ginger candies to help with nausea.

Kids can also try eating high-protein foods like peanut butter on crackers and bananas before kids’ stomachs start to feel queasy during travel – this is a good way of preventing kids from getting sick as well.


If you are planning on taking your child or children on a long drive, it is important to understand how they might feel. Keep these travel sickness tips in mind and be sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks available for them as well! You’ll want to stay stocked up with ginger ale, crackers, bananas, applesauce packets, or anything else that will soothe their stomachs while packing the car full of fun toys and games. And remember- if all else fails- ask for help from others who may know what works best for kids when they’re feeling sick outside their comfort zone. We hope our article was helpful information about preventing travel sickness among young ones!