I’ve been on a number of coach trips over the years most of these journeys have been, historically, marred by the queasy feeling associated with travel or motion sickness. I needed to know how to stop travel sickness on a coach.
Travelling by coach can cause travel or motion sickness. A coach trip can be more comfortable than travelling by car. Being higher a coach does provide a better view. But what about the effects of travel sickness? This can turn a journey into a struggle, so, here we share a possible answer.
The Travel visor has been designed by someone who has suffered from travel sickness for a number of years. The concept is unbelievably simple. You wear it as you would any head-wear visor. It works by restricting the amount of visual information that reaches the eyes.
The view you have through the Travel visor will only be what you can see straight ahead and in the distance where everything appears to be moving slowly. The fast moving information, that whizzes past as you move forwards, is cut out completely. Thus the brain isn’t challenged by it. The Travel Visor works well on road journeys but air travel and, especially sea travel is a challenge of its own.
Find out more about the Travel Visor and what it can do for you.
What to take, and do, on a long coach journey
The first thing that I think about if I’m going on any journey, long or short, is water. I will make sure I’ve got a bottle of water with me and a couple of extras in my baggage. There is another drink which is quite popular among travellers and that’s energy drinks.
This isn’t something that I’ve tried because I just think that water is basic and simple but energy drinks apparently quench your thirst and keep you hydrated without having to take on large volumes of liquid. This reduces the need to go to the washroom on the coach.
Get up and move
Being sat in one place for a long time is no good to anyone. If or when the coach stops and you are allowed to get off for a while, grab the opportunity. Having some ‘walk around’ exercise will do much to relieve any stress. If you’ve been wearing the Travel visor on the journey then it’s quite likely that you will have been nodding off to sleep. Getting up and moving around will help you to wake up.
Bring along a book
It’s possible to read a book while wearing the Travel visor. You won’t be looking through the visor to read. By simply looking down you will see enough of the page to be able to read comfortably. Wearing the visor while reading you will be able to focus on the page without being distracted by fast moving information trying to get your attention.
This works well for me. However, it’s quite likely that you won’t want to read for too long because wearing the Travel Visor is so relaxing that you may fall asleep. There isn’t a problem with this. The quality of sleep is very good. When you wake you will feel refreshed after you get over the initial drowsiness of sleep.
The sleeping factor of wearing the Travel Visor will make the journey feel much shorter because you will miss large parts of it. This may or may not be a problem to you especially if the journey has scenic views. Always remember that the upside of wearing the Travel Visor is that you will have a much better chance of reaching your destination without suffering from travel or motion sickness.
Arriving at your destination feeling well enough to appreciate being where you are has a value. You are less likely to suffer the embarrassment of making the sort of stupid mistakes which wouldn’t normally happen. Your mind will be much more clear, you will have a much better chance of thinking more clearly and you won’t have a headache.
Modern coaches have Wi-Fi
If reading a book isn’t enough for you then hook up to the onboard Wi-Fi and play your favourite games on the internet. Again this can be done while wearing the Travel Visor so you can blank out fast moving information and focus on the entertainment.
Make yourself comfortable
When you’ve got yourself settled for the long journey to come, take off your shoes. Letting your feet out will always help you to relax. Just make sure that you put them somewhere safe. Don’t let them slide away underneath the seat in front of you or you may have difficulties when you want to get off the coach when there is a chance for exercise.
Seat position, is it important?
If you take regular coach trips then you may have developed a preference of where you sit. In my own experience it really makes no difference. A coach isn’t like an airplane where the suggestion is that a seat directly situated over the wings is the best place because there is less movement.
I personally find that any seat will do but I wear the Travel Visor and I find that this levels out any variation that there may be, regarding seat position.
Bring food provisions
You can buy food at the stops along the way but it’s always way too expensive and, in my view, the quality isn’t up to much. At service stations they know that travellers are likely to be hungry and they know how to charge.
Taking food is the best choice for me. I can prepare food that I like and it makes the journey a bit of a home from home. The only problem with this is that by the time you’ve reached your destination, all or most of your food will have gone. There’s no quick fix for the journey home but I would still source provisions from anywhere but service stations.
Leave out the booze. In my experience coach operators have a ‘no alcohol’ policy. It depends on the type of journeys that you like but I, for one, definitely approve of having no alcohol on a coach. Apart from that, I find that drinking alcohol at any point of a journey risks aggravating my own potential travel sickness problems.
Bring some wet-wipes
Eating food on the coach where the wash-room facilities are never going to be ideal means that wet-wipes are a must. You will have sticky fingers, it can’t be avoided. Using disinfectant wipes will help with hygiene and, if there are any cold bugs going around, clean hands can only help you to avoid picking anything up.
Try wearing earplugs
This is very much for those who want to be in a world of their own. If you are in a group this is going to appear antisocial but for your own personal comfort it may be necessary.
I tend to find that a group of people travelling together do a lot of talking at the beginning of a journey. Then after a while you will notice that everything that needs to be said will have been said and every member of the group will want to settle down, relax and stay quiet.
Your own group may be quiet but others around may be making noise with music, laughter and a general malaise. This would be a good time to put in earplugs. Extraneous noise can cause avoidable stress. Travelling for most people carries an element of stress. It’s worth considering wearing earplugs to reduce it.
Don’t overload with luggage
Travel as light as you can. Apart from, may be, having to move it from one coach to another if you have to make a change, the coach company will probably have a restriction in place for the size and weight of luggage that you can take. It may be worth finding out if the coach operator has any luggage restrictions.
Overnight travel may suit you best
There are advantages to travelling overnight. Travelling during daylight hours may not be a good use of day time. If you are going to be sitting down for a long time and doing little of great importance then why not sleep. You will have to forgo views of the scenery along the journey. This is when you will most likely sleep through the journey. If you can make yourself comfortable enough then you will be fresh for when you arrive at your destination in the morning.
You may need to wear the Travel Visor at night. There will be less to see in terms of fast moving information going by but there will be all the bright lights from signs, street lamps and traffic. This is something that will almost certainly give you a headache if you don’t do something to filter it out.
How to relax on a coach journey
The most practical way to relax on a coach journey, for most people, is to sleep. However, this may not work for you so this is where modern entertainment devices can help. Using the onboard Wi-Fi is an option or playing music from a personal player. For the sake of everyone else on the coach, do keep it to yourself. Always use earpiece music devices, there are few things more irritating than having to tolerate somebody else’s dreadful choice of music.
Coach vs train
For me, there’s little to choose between a coach or a train. Coach companies tend to provide a wider choice of specific destinations where as a train goes to a terminal point from where you will have to travel onwards. A train seat usually offers more legroom than a coach and there is more space for walking around.
Some train companies offer the option of a quiet carriage where you can be away from the madding, or what some may refer to as maddening, crowds. Here you can often plug in a laptop and get some work done.
A coach can be held up in a traffic jam where as the train will usually just keep on going. A train is less likely to roll around compared to a coach unless we are looking at one of those tilting trains that leans into the bends. If you are thinking of making a journey on this type of train then you will definitely need to consider wearing a Travel Visor.
Things to do on a long coach journey with friends
You are sitting in a coach seat and you are lucky enough to have some friends to share the journey with. So, what can you do as a group? I have to say that you can’t really do very much. You have to ask the question: what would you like to do?
You can only, sensibly, talk to the person who’s sitting beside you and, may be, on the other side of the aisle. If you are predisposed to having travel sickness then it’s quite likely that you won’t want to have much else going on. It will be enough to cope with the journey.
As a traveller who has experience of travel sickness I can tell you that the best thing for me is to wear the Travel Visor from the beginning of the journey to the end or from the beginning to the end of each stage. The less I do to look around and talk to others the better. This is something that can wait until we arrive at our destination.
More reasons for travelling by coach
A coach journey is often cheaper than travelling by train. You are more likely to be taken directly to your target destination, reducing the need to take a taxi to complete the journey.
There is no risk of getting lost. The drivers know the routes that they take; they are driving it every day. So they know exactly where they are going which means you can sit back, relax and let them get on with it.
Modern coaches are the best. They have air conditioning and really comfortable seats. The ride is smooth and you can think of the driver as being your very own highly experienced chauffeur.
If you are thinking ‘green’ then you can be secure in the knowledge that one coach will take the place of a considerable number of cars. The emissions per passenger will be much less from collective travel by coach.
“Have a safe and comfortable journey”