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1. Posted by cariann (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hey everyone,

This coming June/July i'm going on my 1st backpacking adventure: Malaysia/Thailand/Laos/Vietnam. Unfortunately for me, I have a rather weak stomach when it comes to flying/driving. In fact, I have a acquired the lovely nickname "Pukesley". Neat...

Does anyone have tips for me? ie.what meds work best, trains vs buses?

Thanks so much!

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Poor you, its the most horrible feeling isn't it!

Unfortunalty there's a lot of bendy roads in places like Laos. I noticed a lot of local people suffered badly, and were always ill on buses.

I find I don't get so ill if I'm really tired, if you can get to sleep its not as bad.

Travel sickness tablets from a chemist do help. Ginger is supposed to work really well for all kinds of nausea (including morning sickness etc). But I expect everyones different. The good thing, is with something natural like ginder is that it won't interfere with any other medication.

Try to sit nearer the front of the bus, never at the back. I'm sure you know better than to try and read or whatever.

Good luck
CLara

3. Posted by drixo (Full Member 48 posts) 10y

Thailand and Malayisa have got good railway systems - though the lines don't go everywhere. I would imagine that the train is less likely to make you travel sick than travelling by bus.

I don't get sick in buses/planes (touch wood) - do get seasick though, and I was able to buy various pills from chemists in Malaysia. No idea what vile chemicals were in them, but they appeared to work!

4. Posted by Ouch (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hi cariann

I suffer from motion sickness, too.


  1. I find Cinnarizine [Stugeron]15 mg rather helpful. You could buy it off the counter in the Chemist or Pharmacist. Take 30 mg [ two tablets ] two hours before travel and then 15 mg every 8 hours during travel if necessary.

  2. Sit in the centre of the aeroplane or bus as there is less movement.

  3. Train is better than bus for me.

  4. Also try not to read, but look ahead in front while in motion.

  5. Avoid oily food immediately before travelling.

  6. Freshly squeezed lime diluted with water would help to ease the feeling of sickness.

Best wishes in you travel ... Ouch.