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Dealing With Travel Sickness on a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

From the panoramic views to the thrill of the ride itself, the best Grand Canyon helicopter tour truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, for those who suffer from travel sickness, going on a chopper can be nerve-wracking.

There are many ways to alleviate the symptoms of travel sickness and stop it from getting in the way of you enjoying yourself. This article will explain what travel sickness is and what you can do about it.


Travel sickness explained

Feeling nauseous? Is your head “spinning”? Travel sickness is understood to be a result of conflicting messages being sent between different parts of the body (especially the eyes and ears) during motion, such as when you’re travelling in a car or aircraft. Common symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Salivation; and
  • Vomiting

There are several things that can put you at greater risk of experiencing travel sickness, such as:

  • Young age (under 2)
  • Having an anxiety disorder
  • Pregnancy; and
  • Migraines

If you regularly experience travel sickness or are concerned that you may experience it on your Grand Canyon helicopter tour, there are several steps you can take to prevent the symptoms from occurring. These are:


Using ginger


Ginger is well known to help ease symptoms of nausea, which makes it a great option for those looking to beat travel sickness. Take some half an hour prior to the Grand Canyon helicopter tour in order to get the best results. Seek medical advice before taking it if you use blood thinning medication.


Careful consumption

Try not to consume products which may upset your stomach several hours before embarking on your trip. Spicy, strong or heavy foods, as well as overeating, could worsen your symptoms. Also try to avoid drinking or smoking too much beforehand as this could make things worse, too.


Positive thinking

Interestingly, studies suggest that positive self-talk can help prevent travel sickness. Saying things like “I will not feel sick” can have a strong placebo effect which stops symptoms from showing up. Try using positive thoughts to minimise the chance of experiencing travel sickness.


Pressure point wristbands

While the science isn’t all there, many people find pressure point wristbands to be an effective means of preventing travel sickness on a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Even if it’s just a placebo effect, it could be worth giving it a try. The wristbands can be purchased from a local pharmacy.



Getting familiar with the feelings of travel sickness could potentially prevent symptoms altogether. Perform activities which cause you to feel queasy for several minutes at a time. Slowly start to increase the amount of time you spend doing the activity. Eventually you may find that the symptoms disappear.


Looking at the horizon

Most people find that travel sickness symptoms are less severe when they’re travelling in the front of the chopper during their Grand Canyon helicopter tour. This is because there is more motion in the rear of the vehicle. Be sure to look at the horizon whenever you start to feel sick as this will help alleviate symptoms – this is what pilots do.



If you experience intense travel sickness or have already tried the tips suggested, get in touch with your doctor. They could potentially prescribe you a patch or antihistamine tablets like Dramamine to help prevent or alleviate symptoms.



Don’t give up hope! You have so many options to choose from when it comes to dealing with travel sickness. Don’t let it get in the way of enjoying your Grand Canyon helicopter tour. See a doctor for personalised advice.

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