Travel Sickness: The Ultimate Guide – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

What is travel sickness?

Travel sickness is a general term used to describe motion sickness experienced when travelling by car, plane, train, or boat.

What causes travel sickness?

Travel sickness happens when our eyes tell our brains that we’re not moving but our inner ears sense motion of travel and the conflicting information in the brain causes the sick feeling.

This happens in a place in the body called the vestibular system which coordinates balance and passes signals from the inner ear to the brain.

You can find out more about what causes specific types of travels sickness below:


Who can suffer from travel sickness?

Travel sickness can affect more people than others, and it is unclear why this is.


Children under the of age two are said to be almost immune to the feeling, however children between the age of two and 12 are most commonly affected.


Many are known to grow out of it altogether.

What are the symptoms of travel sickness?

Travel sickness symptoms include dizziness, feeling cold, feeling weak, headaches, nausea, pale skin, sweating.


How to relieve travel sickness

You can reduce travel sickness symptoms by taking various preventative actions.

If you reduce the impact of motion on your body by sitting in the front of a vehicle or in the middle of a boat, this may help to reduce any feelings of nausea. This will be helped by fixing your gaze on one spot.

Fresh air also helps to reduce the symptoms of travel sickness.

You can also try:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Drink ginger-based drinks to settle your stomach
  • Listening to music
  • Sleeping
  • Take regular breaks, if possible

Travels sickness pills

Pills, such as Kwells travel sickness tablets, can help to relieve symptoms of travel sickness.

Our travel sickness tablets contain Hyoscine Hydrobromide 300mcg which temporarily reduces the effect of movement on the balance organs of the inner ear and the nerves responsible for nausea.

If you have been prescribed medication by your doctor, always follow any instructions they may have given you.

Travel sickness tablets are available at your local pharmacy or online.

View our range of travel sickness tablets

Kwells travel sickness tablets

Kwells 300 microgram tablets. For the prevention of travel sickness, suitable for adults and children aged 10+. Contains Hyoscine Hydrobromide 300 microgram. Kwells Kids 150 microgram tablets. For the prevention of travel sickness, suitable for children aged 4+. Contains Hyoscine Hydrobromide 150 microgram. Always read the label