No, your camper is not a boat. But, it does move, and for some people, roughly 33 percent of the population, that means the possibility of experiencing motion sickness. But, the beauty of an RV is stopping when and where you want, especially handy for those with a tendency to get “car sick”. You’ve just bought that new rig from your Lethbridge RV Dealer. Learn how to minimize the symptoms so you can get out on the highway and really enjoy it.
What Causes Motion Sickness?
Some people have difficulty with the motion associated with travel. Their brains do not correctly process the visual messages sent by landscapes moving past the windshield while the body is in reality sitting still. The confusion causes those prone to motion sickness to get dizzy when they are moving and/or doing something else while traveling down the road. If the motion continues the sufferer experiences nausea along with various degrees of fatigue. The symptoms do not subside until the motion stops.
How to Avoid or Minimize Motion Sickness
The easiest way to avoid or minimize motion sickness is to pay attention to the trip. Don’t move around on the rig, just stay seated and comfortable and enjoy the scenery. Reading is not advised; in fact it is one of the worst things to do if you have a tendency to motion sickness. The bouncing around of the book and the words don’t help.
If you are on an extended road trip it’s kind of hard to keep from bringing your favourite books or games so you might want to consider taking Dramamine. This over the counter medicine comes in several varieties, drowsy and non-drowsy. Some people get motion sickness if they sleep while traveling through the night, a good time to use the drowsy variety.
If symptoms appear while traveling, the best thing to do, if no medication is available, is to just pull over and stop for a while. Take a nap. A wet cloth placed on the face also helps control the symptoms. If you must keep traveling, try and sleep. But, this is your road trip. Adding an extra night to help stabilize your “RV legs” will make it much more enjoyable.
Motion Sickness and Pets
Dogs are also susceptible to motion sickness. They have no way of telling you they aren’t feeling well so your first sign of trouble is usually vomiting. If your pet is not well-traveled, especially in an RV, start with a short day trip, taking frequent breaks and potty stops along the way. Take someone along with you to monitor your pet on the drive. Next try a longer trip, maybe an overnighter or weekend campout. The idea is to get your pet used to the motion and the RV itself. Being familiar with the environment will decrease your pet’s stress level and helps to minimize or eliminate motion sickness. This type of RV familiarization also works well with cats.
If your dog is well behaved, you may consider letting him roam free in the RV. They can find a spot that makes them comfortable. Many dogs are happy as long as they have a window to look out of. This doesn’t work well for cats, which are less likely to get motion sickness anyway. It’s best to keep them crated while traveling. The last thing you want is a ten-pound fur-ball with claws landing in your lap at the wrong moment.