How to Not Get Motion Sickness While Reading in the Car

Girl reading in the car


Are you going somewhere great this summer (go you!) or have a protracted dang commute year-round, and need to read during your travels? Sensible choice. I’ve got some tips and tricks for you to calm that nausea and acquire through the maximum amount of your book as you’ll, rather than playing several hours of Candy Crush.

I first learned to read within the car because my parents are big fans of car trips. Eight hours was a brief trip, and also the longest was the 2 days we spent heading up from the big apple to Nova Scotia, Canada, where they dragged me to Anne of Green Gables land and a chilly beach I couldn’t swim in (Love the book, hate the weather). Clearly, I don’t have great memories of after we got there, but I did get lots of reading worn out between. So aside from reading books while getting a car wash Darwin car owners would get for their cars (while also reading).

First, accept that this can be a marathon and not a sprint. It’s visiting take time for you to regulate, and your kinetosis won’t ever get away. Take a book with you, whatever it should be, and put your head down and browse.


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Maybe block out the opposite passengers within the car with some headphones stuffed with dissonance if you would like it. Now, after you start feeling sick, pick your head and appearance out the window. Target whatever scenery is passing by and acclimate yourself to the movement of your body moving forward. Then, grab some water or crackers, which you certainly packed beforehand, and munch on it until the sensation subsides.

If your stomach doesn’t settle, the ability to move here is to twist up in whatever position is least uncomfortable for you and let the gentle rocking of the car lull you to sleep. After you rouse, nausea will hopefully be less. Then, once you can manage it, start reading again and cycle through the method like that. Over time, my ailment became much less severe, so hopefully, this works for you, too!