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Put This Carsickness Reaction Kit Under Your Seat Before Your Next Road Trip

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If the items in the motion sickness prevention kit we outlined before don’t work, then it is crucial to have a kit put together to help deal with the fallout. Just assemble the following items and put them in a big bag under the seat or small bucket in the trunk.


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Zipper bags

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Bags to throw up into

This is carsickness reaction supply priority one. Some people suggest using gallon-size Ziploc bags, while others buy bags purposefully made to handle the situation—Amazon even sells airplane-style vomit bags and medical “emesis” (which is a technical term for vomiting) bags. The bottom line is you want to have a bag that seals to keep any leakage and smell contained.

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paper towels

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Paper towels, sanitizing wet wipes, and hand sanitizer

Sometimes, sadly, accuracy is not the first thought in the mind of the unfortunately ill passenger, so it pays to have some paper towels to scoop up whatever missed, and sanitizing wipes to clean up and sanitize what the paper towels just can’t handle. Finally, use hand sanitizer to clean up the cleaners’ hands.

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Trash bags

Put all of the above used products (except for the hand sanitizer) in one of these, and then use another to contain any clothes or other items that have to be cleaned later in another – it’ll contain the smell, and you will be able to conveniently pitch the used cleanup products at the next gas station.

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water bottle pouring drink

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Water and Gatorade

Throwing up is a very dehydrating thing, so keep a few bottles of water and Gatorade in your kit. The ill passenger can use the water to rinse their mouth, hands, and face, and drink both that and the Gatorade to rehydrate—just be sure to drink slowly. Also, don’t worry if the liquids are warm, as it’s recommended to be taken that way to keep from causing more nausea.

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This is part of a series of articles on sickness-readiness kits to keep in your car, ranging from light carsickness prevention supplies to a kit for traveling with a more serious illness. Click next article to see the article on the more serious illness travel kit, and previous article to see the article on the motion sickness prevention kit.

News Sources: CuldeSacCool.com, LifeasaMom.com, Kayleyann.com, ChildrensMD.orgPrevention

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Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.