Another possible option: I have seen a few news articles recently about these motion sickness “glasses” – they are essentially some spirit levels on a glasses-like frame. The manufacturers claim you only need to wear them for 10 minutes until your brain gets used to the movement, though I have not tried them personally.
What helped me on a boat was laying down, get one ear on the bed or seat and relax. I could even fall asleep in that position. As soon as I got up from laying down I was sick again on that trip, felt sick on others where the motion sickness was not as bad.
In airplanes I have used one earplug, a trick I have heard about but can not confirm working, as I am not that often sick in planes.
Some people report that special bracelets or plasters which puts a item to the skin help. I have never tried those. Here is a link to an answer of someone who reports being helped by them.
One thing that did never help me, when it was still tried, was medication. Without I would be sick once every leg of a car travel, with medication I would be sick all the time in the car. But as I have not suffered being car sick (much) since the middle of my teens, I have not use medication as an adult.
Since anti-nausea medicine (anti-emetic) isn’t too common on the road, if you are traveling and in the need of drugs because of motion sickness, a large dose of antihistamine (e.g. Benadryl) can help with symptoms.
If you are trying to avoid drugs all together, some remedies that have worked for me are:
I got sick sometimes in mini-buses going very fast on windy mountain roads. It helped switching into the front seat next to the driver and watching the road ahead rather then looking out through the side window. I think I never got sick in the front seat.
I used to have a major problem with motion sickness when I was a kid and I almost always ended throwing up when travelling by car (strangely, never on a plane or trains though). Often took medicines to combat motion sickness, eventually grew out of it. Mark’s answer has summed up the causes which lead to motion sickness so I won’t repeat them. Since you asked for a solution other than medicines, here’s what helped me (your mileage may vary):
Motion sickness comes about as a result of a disconnect between movement which you think you’re seeing and the movement your body feels. Eg on a plane it looks like you’re still, but your body can feel bumps and jumps. Or in a car when you’re reading, the page stays still or maybe moves up and down with bumps, but you’re going around corners and the like.
According to Wiki, over-the-counter and prescription medications are readily available, such as Dramamine (dimenhydrinate), Stugeron (cinnarizine), and Bonine/Antivert (meclozine). Scopolamine is effective and is sometimes used in the form of transdermal patches (1.5 mg) or as a newer tablet form (0.4 mg). The selection of a transdermal patch or scopolamine tablet is determined by a doctor after consideration of the patient’s age, weight, and length of treatment time required.
Ginger root is a natural alternative you can try as well.
But funnily, one of the simplest solutions is to close your eyes. It’s counterintuitive (to me at least) but by doing so you remove any conflict in perceived movement between your eyes and body, and your brain switches to just listening to felt movement. As a result, the confusion ceases and your body starts to recover.
Hope that helps!
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