I love my family but I hate long car rides with them.

Not only do I get headaches easily but I also get carsick (motion sickness) very easily. I still can’t get on a boat without feeling nauseous!

We’ve decided to take a road trip to my husbands aunts house for Thanksgiving this year and I am already freaking out. Of course my husband thinks it’s hilarious and has been taunting me the whole day. His solution is to take a sleeping pill and sleep until we get there but I did that last year with horrible results. I took the sleeping pill at 11am, when we started the car ride, and woke up around 1pm. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew I felt a little “off”. Of course, I didn’t know that the sleeping pill still hadn’t worn off. As we sat down to dinner someone handed me a glass of wine and that is literally the last thing I remember. From my husbands account, I had apparently started talking about how I never got over the death of my dog when I was sixteen. Then I laid my head down on my plate of food and fell asleep.

Needless to say, I don’t want that to happen again. So I’ve done my research this year and figured out how to deal with long car rides…

1. Give the kids movies and headphones

One of the big reasons why I get headaches is when my two kids start fighting in the backseat of the car. This year I hooked up two tablets to the front seats and will be giving them headphones to listen to it.

2. Take Bonine

Bonine is a freakin’ godsend for traveling. I swear it cures my motion sickness for a few hours. If you ever do traveling, buy some just incase.

3. Take Valerian Root

The safer alternative to a sleeping pill, Valerian root is all natural. It doesn’t make you fall asleep bot rather “promotes” relaxation which can put you to sleep. I have tried it before and was very happy with the results.

4. Listed To A Book On Tape

I have been getting behind on my reading and since I will be in a car for a few hours I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to catch up. However, since I get bad motion sickness, I don’t want to risk it. That is why I decided to buy the same book I was reading but the audio version. This way I can skip up to the point I was at and finish up the book!

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