With Christmas just around the corner, families across Australia will soon be jumping in the car, jet setting in planes and even cruising the seas as they head to their favourite holiday destinations.

Sometimes the trip there is almost as fun as the holiday, but not when family members succumb to nausea-inducing motion sickness.

But never fear, by following these 10 simple tips you can help your family either avoid or minimise the effects of the dreaded travel tummy.

Focus on the horizon. Focussing on a distant point helps keep your eyes in sync with the vehicle’s motion. Avoid activities that keep attention inside the vehicle. For kids, play ‘I spy’ and other games that encourage them to look out the window and position baby-seats so children can look outside.

Up front and forward. Motion tends to be felt more in the back seat of a car, so moving the affected adult to the front seat and facing them forward can often help.

Plenty of fresh air. Fresh air calms the senses as well as the tummy, so try to keep the windows down as much as possible and avoid strong smells.

Stop frequently. This helps restore a sense of balance and reduce that ‘swaying’ feeling. Plan your trip in advance and include regular stops. Take advantage of free playgrounds or work in a picnic or two at a park on the way.

Head to the middle. The middle of a vehicle is typically where the least amount of movement occurs. On a plane, move to the centre seats over the wings. On a boat get as close to sea level as possible.

Drive smoothly. Less braking and swaying obviously reduces rapid shifts in movement. Consider servicing areas of the car which affect smooth driving, like the suspension or the breaking system.

Eat well and rehydrate. A settled stomach (though not one filled with greasy foods) is less susceptible to nausea. Some children cope with motion sickness better while munching on dry biscuits or fruit. Drinking plenty of water or club soda can also help settle a tumbly tummy.

See the signs. Tiredness, dizziness, nausea, sweating and loss of appetite are all signs of travel sickness. Recognising them means you can act fast.

Carry bags. If the inevitable happens and someone does have a technicolour burp, you certainly want to be prepared with something to catch it. Pre-moistened towelettes or a wet cloth will also come in handy.

Ease the quease with some ginger. QueaseEase is an anti nausea formula, gentle on the stomach containing a therapeutic dosage of ginger, an old and effective anti-nausea remedy. QueaseEase also contains Vitamin B6, for reducing stress, and chamomile, to help relieve a jumpy stomach. QueaseEase is suitable for children over the age of two, making it a natural, kid-friendly travel sickness remedy for the whole family.

QueaseEase by Buderim Naturals is the Nutraceutical division of Australian owned Buderim Ginger Limited, the world’s foremost authority on ginger processing. QueaseEase is available from leading pharmacies and health food stores. Alternatively visit www.buderimnaturals.com or phone 1300 389 229 for more information.

Always read the label, Use only as directed and if symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.