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How Do You Deal With Turbulence on Flights?

“Passengers sometimes find turning the air vents on high helps them deal with the motion sickness. And everyone should have a baggie in their seat-front pocket.” This was the announcement from the flight attendant buckled up at the back of the plane as we bounced through the worst turbulence I’ve ever felt on a descent into Denver last week. The plane rocked up and down and swayed back and forth, subjecting all aboard to the martini-shaker effect. Upon landing, I felt both shaken and stirred.

During my layover, I called around and asked a few friends if they had any tips for managing air sickness during turbulence. Dramamine was a favorite, as was Bonine, which my sister Kathryn said had always worked better for her. Another suggestion was strongly minty gum.

Needless to say, I employed both the gum and the Dramamine on the next leg of my journey. But as I clung to the arm rest while we bounced dizzyingly back up into the air, I thought that when I got back on solid ground, I’d blog about this and ask all of you what your tips for combating motion sickness on particularly bumpy flights. Because SmarterTravel readers give great advice on everything from packing carry-ons and suitcases to the best places to visit in Ireland and Mexico.

So please share your tips for dealing with turbulence and motion sickness on flights!

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