Ski Lifts, Elevators, And Motion Sickness, Oh My!

Motion sickness happens when one part of your body senses that you’re moving, and another part of your body does not sense movement.

Symptoms may include nausea, cold sweats, vomiting, and possibly a headache. It’s never fun.

For instance, when you’re riding in an elevator your inner ear senses movement, but your eyes don’t see any movement. Some people will feel nauseated when they get off the elevator. Motion sickness.

Or for those particularly sensitive to motion sickness, riding an escalator can cause problems. The eyes see movement, but the inner ear says we’re holding still. Nausea may ensue during or after the ride.

Ski lifts are similar to escalators – our eyes see that we’re moving, but our inner ear says we’re not. That conflict causes us to experience motion sickness.

Some people are so sensitive, they can think about a time they had motion sickness and feel it all over again.

Then there are those lucky individuals who are never bothered by motion sickness. They can sit on their bunk below deck and read a book in the middle of a storm . . . while their boat moves up and down 20 foot waves and not feel a hint of nausea.

Hmmmm.

Most of us will feel motion sickness given the right circumstances, and many of us feel it with annoying frequency.

The good news is you don’t have to be at the mercy of your senses. ReliefBand® is drug-free wearable tech that stops the symptoms of motion sickness before they can start.

Slip it on, and go live your life.

Winter Dreams Of Summer Days

It’s deep winter. Snow is piling up in parts of the country, and the miserable weather does not invite us to frolic outdoors.

What are we to do?

Simple. We cozy up by the fire and dream our dreams of summer.

And nothing says summer like sailing. Sunlight sparkling on the water’s surface, almost blinding in its brilliance, and the constant spray of water keeping the deck cool beneath your feet.

The best part—you’re traveling on the wind and dancing with nature.

Sailing is terrifying, peaceful, physically difficult, and satisfying to the soul.

Sailboats come in all sizes. As long as the boat has a mast and a piece of fabric to catch the wind, it’s a sailboat, and if you live near a big pond or lake, wide river or (gulp) the ocean, you can sail.

But wait. This all sounds dreamy, right? Except for the fact that you get seasick?

We feel your pain. Or should we say we feel your nausea!

That’s why we do what we do. ReliefBand® is FDA-cleared wearable tech that stops nausea associated with motion sickness before it starts, or if you left it too late, will quickly stop nausea and vomiting once you put the device on your wrist and turn it on.

Here’s what ReliefBand® user Ron Moore says, “I always got sick deep sea fishing. I bought one of these years ago and I was the only person in our group that didn’t get sick.”

Can’t beat that!

Don’t let preventable nausea stop you from grabbing life and living large.

See you out there!

New Year’s Resolutions

Are you making resolutions for 2017?

It’s traditional. When we turn the page to a new year at the top of the calendar, we want to kick out old habits and start new ones.

Most of us choose at least a handful of health-related resolutions. Here are some you’ll find on lots of lists this year:

Move more. Check with your healthcare provider to find out how much more you can move each day. Stairs instead of elevators?

Less soda, more water. Hydration without the sugar!

More greens, less grease. Yes to salad, no to pizza. OK, no to so much pizza.

Increase vacations, decrease stress. Relax. It’s good for you.

Sleep more. A lot more.

Use Reliefband. Fast relief from nausea and vomiting associated with morning or motion sickness. Yep.

What’s on your list? Share in the comments — doesn’t even have to be in the health column:)

Road Trip Dreams

Here you are, smack dab in the middle of holiday season dreaming about next year’s road trips.

Why not, right? Road trips are part of our national psyche. They’re a rite of passage we embrace.

Where are you headed and when will you go? We have a few ideas, and hope to see you on the road in 2017!

Spring

Arizona stuns the senses with its beauty. You could spend the entire trip at the Grand Canyon, or leave time to see the rest of the state. Saddle up and ride through the Petrified Forest, pretend you’re in an old-time Western in Monument Valley, or hike among the red rocks of Sedona.

Summer

This one’s a long drive even if you live on the West Coast—Denali National Park and Preserve. That’s right, Alaska. You can hike, bike, backpack, camp, mountain climb, canoe, and fly around in a tiny plane. It’s the big outdoors! And did we mention the wildlife?

Autumn

Vermont—it’s the perfect place for the season. This petite state is littered with byways that dive deep into ridiculously gorgeous scenery. Grab a gallon of maple syrup and start counting the covered bridges along the way. (There are over 100.)

It doesn’t matter where we end up, it’s the journey that we all love. Make sure you keep loving the journey by taking along a ReliefBand for every passenger. (As we all know: carsickness + road trip = misery!)

5 Stocking Stuffers For Your Traveler

It’s December — time for holiday parties, twinkling lights, and trying to find the right something for that traveler in your life.

We have five gift ideas that’ll make the most world-weary of wanderers smile.

Paper laundry soap. It’s dried detergent in the form of slips of paper. You pop out a sheet or three and toss in the washer with your dirty clothes. This stuff is amazing, and there are a variety of brands from which to choose. Search travel laundry soap on Amazon and see what comes up.

Mutliple time zone watches. Watches that show two or more time zones are a treat for the jet-lagged passenger. No more counting backward or forward XX number of hours. If your traveler is in Portugal and you’re in Poughkeepsie, you will no longer be getting 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls.

Luggage beverage holder. It’s a contraption that attaches between the vertical bars of your luggage tow handle — think gimbal ring. Once it’s in place, you can put your coffee or water bottle in the holder and tow away without worrying about your drink. Looks spot-on, and solves a small but constant problem.

Inflatable foot rest. Long flights are horrible, particularly for those traveling in economy class. An inflatable foot rest flattens to practically nothing when not needed, and when inflated provides welcome relief to legs that are cramped in a small area for hours at a time.

ReliefBand. Whether your traveler is a newbie or a seasoned veteran, motion sickness can strike at any time. The nausea and vomiting that sometimes come with travel and its many forms of transportation can knock the hardiest individual for a loop. A ReliefBand on the wrist controls those symptoms. Simple!

We’d love to read about your travel gift ideas. Share them in the comments for everyone to see, and happy holidays!

Reliefband – People Keep Talking About Us!

We stopped by Amazon.com recently to read the reviews. It’s something we do fairly often.

Feedback is critical to our plans for the future. What do you love about Reliefband? What additions would you like to see down the road?

It all factors into the decision-making process.

We thought you’d like to see what verified purchasers of Reliefband are saying, and we hope you chime in with your thoughts in the comments!

  • It actually works! For the first time ever, I went on a boat trip without issues. It was tricky at first to locate the “sweet spot” on my right wrist, but now I can position the Reliefband correctly within seconds. This is a game changer for travel and excursions! — N/A

  • It worked for me as a passenger in the back of a van on windy mountain roads with a nut job driver. — Marcus D.

  • Lifesaver! Great for motion sickness prevention! — Amazon Customer

  • It works! I used the Reliefband for the first time on a recent trip. I used it on the airplane and as a car passenger. I had no problems with motion sickness. I am so happy to have found something that works without taking a pill that makes you drowsy! — Cheryl F.

  • So far we love the Reliefband for Motionsickness. I bought it for my son prior to going on a trip and he wore it in the car and never had any problems with getting car sick. We also took a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and he wore it for that adventure and didn’t feel sick at all that time either. It definitely gives you a little electric impulse that you can feel. I didn’t realize at first how strong it was until he showed me. So we keep it dialed down to one for him all the time since he is only 9 years old. I am hoping to try it out as well since I have always had issues with motion sickness since I was a child. I just can’t bring myself to take it from him to try it yet. — mmufgator

  • I am happy I found this product. I was at first very skeptical if this product would actually work. But for me it works 100 percent. I had tried several different motion sickness medications before, which unfortunately can have strong side effects. I used the reliefband on a small boat in the ocean, in a helicopter and during an 8 hour plane flight. I have not experienced any motion sickness during that time. The only thing to mention: I needed a bit of time and experience to find the perfect spot on my wrist. But I am really happy I found this product. — qwerty

  • Reliefband works! I’ve been using Reliefband for over ten years to treat chronic nausea brought about or exacerbated by a stroke many years ago. Whenever a random bout of nausea occurs, which is usually a couple of time a month, I put on the Reliefband and set it on “2”. Within 30 minutes or so I’m feeling improvement – sometimes total relief and sometimes a great improvement, which is more than welcome. I see there are a few negative reviews here, but my experience has been all positive. — David M.

  • Prevented sea-sickness, and easy to use. I used this on a recent Alaska cruise. The ocean was rough and everybody else in my group–including those with prescription anti-motion sickness meds–became seasick. NOT ME! I’m so glad I spent the money to get this easy-to-use device before i left. — A. C.

  • This thing works. All I know is my wife can ride in the car without getting pissed at me anymore! — Pros and Cons

  • AMAZING. I am a captain on a sportfishing boat in California and deal with seasick people all the time. I have seen a lot of products come and go over the years, from pills to patches to drinks to chew things, but this thing amazed me. Last week we were on a yacht tuna fishing 55 miles offshore and a passenger was on the verge of puking, I mean he was really green. The owner of the boat slaps this thing on his wrist and within 20 minutes the guy says he feels fantastic. I was and am still blown away. — Damon D.



    • It works on car sickness/motion sickness. My son gets car sick riding the bus to school then suffers until the effects wear off sometime later in the day. I bought this hoping it would help and to my surprise and astonishment, he said it worked within seconds of putting it on. He also took it with him to Boy Scout camp and helped his friend with an upset stomach. Since I don’t get motion sickness, I can’t say that it worked for me but the relief and shock on my son’s face said it was worth it. — Jimmy

    • Definitely works. Bought this for my daughter who gets car sick on road trips. Works like a charm. — Johan C.

    • Worth every penny. I just can’t say how much I appreciate this Reliefband! It WORKS. I have really bad motion sickness, so I got this for a trip to Disneyland. Normally I have trouble even riding a merry-go-round. But while wearing this I was able to ride Indiana Jones, Star Tours, and even Space Mountain. Normally motion simulators make me sick but I had zero problems. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s so worth it. — Cascade book lover


    Thanks, everybody! We love the feedback and appreciate your time with letting us know how you feel.

Halloween And Carsick Kids

Halloween is just days away. Do you have a plan in place?

Oh sure, you have the kids’ costumes, or at least an idea of who’s going to be what.

Maybe you know where you’re taking the littles to trick-or-treat.

But do you know how you’re going to keep them from getting sick on the night when children gorge themselves on candy? Is that particular plan in place?

We have a few ideas:

Walk to your designated trick-or-treat neighborhood. When little kids are in the backseat of a car, sweating in their costumes and full of sugar, even those who don’t normally get carsick are likely to get carsick.

People ask us if kids can use Reliefbands to treat nausea, and this is what we say: Yes, if they are old enough to understand how to control the device and have big enough wrists to wear the device. Use of Reliefband for kids around 12 or older likely is most appropriate, but often children as young as 8 years of age also meet these criteria. In any case, however, we still suggest that you consult with your child’s pediatrician before using it on him/her. Make sure to keep Reliefband away from young children under 8 years of age.

Limit the amount of candy each child can consume before bedtime. Once that agreement is reached, pluck the bags of candy out of the hands of the littles and hide the bags until the next day. Most parents feel that bags stuffed with candy are best hidden in the parents’ bedroom. This allows them to keep a stern eye on the goods.

Insist that a healthy meal be eaten before any trick-or-treating is done. Fill up their tummies with solid, non-sugary food.

Find a way to ditch at least half of the candy in each bag. If the kids start howling in despair, put it in a freezer bag and shove it way, way back in the freezer. The top shelf is always good. Tell the kids that after they finish what’s not in the freezer, then eat all of the December holiday candy sure to make an appearance, they can circle back around to frozen Halloween candy in the spring. There’s a 50-50 chance they’ll have forgotten about it by then.

Good luck!

5 Amazing Travel Bloggers

Are you sitting on the couch watching TV and wondering why you’re not in a Parisian café? Or a New York theater? Or hiking the Grand Canyon?

Somewhere, doing something different?

If it’s because the thought of motion sickness when you travel is too much, well, we can fix that.

And, if you’re not sure where to go or what to do when you get there, these bloggers can help you have the time of your life.

Geraldine and her husband Rand travel — a lot. The Everywhereist isn’t a how-to kind of travel blog so much as it’s a how funny kind of blog.

If you like to read about faraway places and the offbeat experiences you can have while there (wherever there is), then go along with Geraldine, an award-winning blogger and soon-to-be published book author.

Dave and Deb are adventurers and, through their blog, seem determined that you become the same. The Planet D offers loads of travel tips and destination ideas you didn’t even know you needed.

Once you take a look at the gorgeous images D and D share, you’ll be packing your bags and calling the dog sitter — they’re just that good at what they do.

Travel industry veteran Dr. Paul Johnson takes it up a notch on A Luxury Travel Blog.

If you like to be pampered on your journey and spoiled during your stay, subscribe to this blog. The tips and notes on destinations are comprehensive, and your vacation research and prep time will be cut in half if you become a dedicated reader.

Stephanie at Twenty-Something Travel worked, saved money by living with her parents, then took off to see the world. Her blog is now one of the top-rated travel sites on the Web.

A glance at the home page of her blog shows articles such as How Not To Get Murdered Abroad, A First Time Guide To Palawan, and Hiking And Road Tripping In Bosnia: How To Avoid Land Mines. Well, OK then. Essentially, she shows you how to have fun and be safe, and that’s a good thing.

Matthew doesn’t watch much TV — he’s out there living his life every single day.

At Expert Vagabond, he takes readers on his journeys through thrilling stories, images, and videos. He’s also generous with his travel tips, telling readers how to find cheap accommodations and what accessories are must-haves for adventure travel.

There are thousands of travel bloggers on the Web sharing their lives and stories each day. We’d love to hear about your favorites, just share a link in the comments!

Motion Sickness – Be Prepared!

When you hear the words “motion sickness,” what scenario comes to mind?

Maybe for you, it’s riding in the backseat of a car and getting that nauseous feeling. Oh, and don’t forget the cold sweat blooming all over.

Or it’s sitting in a boat at anchor, the constant waves making it roll back and forth. The dizziness and nausea send you running for the head. Leaning over the rails might be easier, although you’ve got to watch out for that constant boat motion, as you can wind up in the water if you happen to lean at the wrong time.

For some people, it’s trains. If you’ve ridden on a train, you know they can move around almost as much as a boat. They sway, and jiggle, and rock side to side. It’s the swaying and rocking that invite nausea. As with any motion sickness, once the nausea starts, vomiting is always a possibility.

There are barf bags on passenger jets for a reason. They’re for the unfortunate fliers who don’t even need turbulence to feel nauseated once wheels are up.

When weather conditions are just right and visibility is limited, downhill skiers also can experience dizziness, nausea, and even vomiting.

Hopefully, if you do suffer from motion sickness, then you only do so in one of the above-mentioned scenarios. However, if you’re like many who suffer with motion sickness, then you’ve never met a form of transportation (even skis) that does not invite nausea.

But take heart, it’s not hopeless!

You know your triggers, and you can be prepared. Slip on a ReliefBand—go live your life.