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!

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.

Autumn Baby Shower!

It’s autumn, and you’re in charge of a baby shower!

Warm cider, pumpkin everything, deep vibrant fall colors — it’s going to be beautiful.

Pinterest is blowing up with thousands of cute ideas. We really love the tiny pumpkin pie-shaped cheesecakes.

Catch My Party has an exquisite antique baby shower concept that captures glints of autumn in its color palette.

Punchbowl has adorable ideas for fall-related games, including guests bringing baby pictures of themselves dressed up in costume. Everyone guesses who’s who.

Brit + Co has so many cute notions going on, it’s hard to choose between them, but we loved the petite apples scooped out to hold cider and a wee cinnamon stick.

Popsugar has 60+ charming baby shower ideas, some of which are fall-themed, and some of which can be adapted for fall.

Whatever you choose to do, mom-to-be will love it.

Don’t forget the glowing, tired star of the party. Set a little gift aside for her and she will love your thoughtfulness.

Pregnancy brings changes, and challenges, and joy. And, morning sickness. A ReliefBand goes a long way toward combating the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. It does so without drugs, and without delay!

Well, you have a big job ahead of you. Share pictures of the decorations! We all love new ideas:)

 

Surviving Your Family Road Trip

Family road trips. Ah, yes. Three little words that elicit both nostalgia and . . . a sense of doom.

Remember the kids singing and giggling during the day, and then later, the quiet murmurings of the adults in the front seat as wee ones drifted to sleep in the back?

Precious days.

Oh, and do you remember this? “Dad, I don’t feel so good,” followed by the sound of a wee one barfing all over the backseat and probably the back of a sibling.

Doom need not be your traveling companion during family road trips. Whether you’re headed out on a meandering vacation, or going to grandma’s for the holidays, we have some tips on how to keep the nostalgia and ditch the doom.

Fill a pack or a sack for each child with age-appropriate activities, stuffed critters, and snacks. It is theirs to carry and keep close.

Place a small cooler on the floor behind the front seats and fill it with drinks.

Tuck packages of wet wipes and paper towels around the vehicle’s interior.

Encourage games that require kids to look out the windows. Reading or watching a screen may create a circumstance where the child’s inner ear feels the car’s motion, but his eyes do not see the motion, and that sets up a potential for carsickness.

Direct cool air to flow toward the kids, either from open windows, or the vehicle’s ventilation system. This helps tamp down feelings of nausea.

Wearing a ReliefBand will help ward off symptoms of carsickness, once your child is old enough to know how to control a ReliefBand, and his wrists are big enough to wear it. Your child’s pediatrician will be able to help you make that determination.

Food eaten during the trip should be of a healthy variety, and not too spicy or greasy.

And finally, naps are encouraged.

Have fun! In the end, you’ll be glad you went.

The Gift Of Relief From Morning Sickness

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Sharing the joy of a pregnancy brings friends and loved ones close.

It’s a time to celebrate!

But . . . those feelings of joy can be dimmed by morning sickness. The mom-to-be can’t help but focus on the nausea dragging her down. The vomiting that often comes with nausea piles ick on top of ick.

There are things you can do to help.

Stock her freezer with meals. Even if she’s unable to eat most of them, her SO and the kids in the house will love it. If they love it, she’ll love it.

Get her favorite flavor of Popsicle® and maybe some bland crackers — anything that doesn’t make her groan and run for the bathroom.

Run errands for her. It’s hard to muster energy to grocery shop or go to the mall when morning sickness is your constant companion.

Put together a care package of travel-size toothbrushes, mouthwash, wet wipes, barf bags, bottled water, and maybe some mints for those times she’s away from home and her morning sickness is right there with her.

Pick up something outrageously adorable for baby. It’ll be a reminder of the end game:)

And finally, or perhaps it should be first, get mom-to-be a ReliefBand to quell the nausea and vomiting. Then perhaps all this other stuff won’t be necessary, and you can all simply celebrate for nine months!

Why VR Gaming Makes Us Sick

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Virtual reality sounds like a fantastic idea, doesn’t it?

We can climb pyramids, battle orcs, and have a duel in space — all in an afternoon.

But for many of us, the most telling reality is the nausea we feel shortly after we engage in virtual reality.

This nausea, and the vomiting that sometimes follows, are caused by the same circumstances that cause motion sickness: the difference in what we see and what we feel.

That conflict creates the nausea and vomiting.

With motion sickness, three things are out of sync — our eyes tell us we’re not moving (flying in a plane, riding in the back seat of a car while reading a book), but our body (muscles and joints) and our inner ear tell us that we are moving.

With virtual reality, our eyes tell us we’re moving, but our body tells us we’re not moving, at least, not moving exactly as we seem to be doing in the world of virtual reality.

The inner ear is the third partner in virtual reality sickness. In there is the vestibular apparatus, which provides sensory information to the brain about “motion, equilibrium, and spatial orientation.”

Put these three things together — what our eyes see, what our body feels, and what our inner ear detects — and if they’re all working as they should, we can do loop-de-loops ‘til the cows come home and not get sick.

It’s when they get confusing information that things go awry.

Developers are working on potential solutions to the problem.

Until that anticipated day, we need to prevent virtual reality sickness. The best way we know to do that is to follow the science and wear a ReliefBand.

Happy gaming!

Seasick? Follow The Science!

Once you’ve been seasick, the notion of stepping aboard any vessel makes your stomach clench and clammy sweat pop out on your forehead.

Yes, it’s that bad.

But the good news is, you don’t have to live with it — you can go back on the water. ReliefBand wards off the symptoms of mal de mer. You can now discover what it is that others find so charming about the sea. Or the lake, or the river!

But just for fun, and in case you find yourself without your ReliefBand when most you need it, we thought we’d poke around the Web to see what old salts recommend for nausea and the vomiting that usually follows.

(These are very old salts, and we don’t endorse or recommend any of these “cures” for seasickness, but we thought you’d enjoy reading about them, nonetheless.)

When stormy winds try to blow you over, old sailors say you should drink lime juice, and only lime juice, until the seas are calm again. We should warn you that this and so much of what follows is unproven, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Speaking of salt, many sailors won’t go to sea without Saltines. They say the crackers are perfect for the tummy when the waves are rolling.

Old tars also say to hop in a hammock. You won’t feel the side-to-side rolling, but you may still feel the up-and-down bits.

In the very old days, it was proposed that a tight girdle would hold your innards still, and not allow them to toss about as the ship itself tossed and pitched, thus preventing nausea.

One particularly old tome claims that drinking salt water will cure seasickness — a never-fail cure. This is not, repeat, not true, but we couldn’t resist including it.

An old salt recalling his first official voyage said his mates offered him cold, stewed tomatoes and crackers when he became seasick.

Basically, it comes down to this — talk to a sailor, get a home remedy for seasickness. Anything from wearing underwear three sizes too small, to aromatherapy, to eating dill pickles.

It’s all out there, waiting to be tried. But we recommend following the science of ReliefBand.

Better safe than sorry!

What People Are Saying About ReliefBand!

We love our ReliefBands. Several of us working here have suffered from motion sickness or morning sickness, VR sickness or vertigo — you get the idea — we’re talking nausea, frequently followed by vomiting.

We suffered, until we discovered ReliefBand.

Now, we could each tell you our story, but we thought it would be more fun to hear from people whose only connection to ReliefBand is that they purchased one and used it.

So, straight from Amazon reviews and our social media platforms, this is a small sampling of what people are saying about ReliefBand:

 

Ashley M:

 

FINALLY!!!!!!!! I have tried everything under the sun to combat my motion sickness: ginger pills, ear patches, essential oils. Dramamine works but I hate the drowsy side effects. To be clear my motion sickness is about the worst out of everyone I know. Five minute car rides and elevator trips can leave me a bit dizzy. I love amusement parks and it’s been a bit depressing to have to avoid the rides for fear of throwing up (which happened last time I rode a roller coaster). I was very hesitant to spend so much money on something that I wasn’t sure would work, but I was pretty desperate at this point. To really test this out I wore this to my most recent trip to Holiday World (amusement park). The drive was a little of an hour and I felt great! Even sitting in the backseat. I was able to look around and even look at my phone. Normally I stare out the window and never look side to side, it gets old. I started slow at the park, riding the Scrambler, a ride that normally makes me a little dizzy. No problems this time! Next I rode an upside down roller coaster. AMAZING! The real test came with the Turkey Whirl. I rode this before and it had me falling over sideways when I got off. I RODE THIS THREE TIMES IN A ROW!!! I was laughing and having so much fun! I literally feel like a completely changed person thanks to this device. I’m SO SO SO happy that I purchased this.

Dee FK:

I love it..it really works!!!

Angalena S:

I rode in the back seat for 2 hours on a trip and for the first time I didn’t get car sick. This thing is so cool.

Tammy WF:

What a godsend for these little miracle bands. I used them during my pregnancy with twins …helped tremendously!!!

4 GM:

I have had my Relief Band for over 10 years and have used it to prevent motion sickness while flying and especially on a cruise where we encountered the fringes of a hurricane and seas were rough. I wore it all night and had no hint of sickness, whereas without it just the thought of motion made me sick. Extra batteries on hand ensure you won’t be without! Now I have Meniere’s Disease and wore it recently on a really bad day when I woke up dizzy and had to keep a doctor appointment 60 miles away. I could hardly stand but shortly after remembering I had this, and putting it on, I had no recurrence the remainder of the day. It truly works! I even keep a spare on hand–never want to be without!

Carolyn R:

Just returned from an Alaska fishing trip. Very rough water that definitely would have had us terribly ill. We didn’t have any nausea at all. These bands were miracle workers.

James H:

This is a miracle device. Over the past 20 years, I have tried everything to combat motion sickness. I tried ginger capsules and candies and Sea Bands, none of which worked. I tried meclizine, which only worked for a short time. And I tried scopolamine patches, which caused blurred vision and a terrible sore throat. Then I discovered this small wrist band. It just works. It feels a little funny when it’s on. And it causes some tiny amount of irritation on my wrist. But it practically ends my motion related nausea. It makes flights bearable. I travel extensively as part of my job, and I literally do no know how I would manage without Reliefband. The prior version was well worth it, even though it didn’t have a replaceable battery. But this version, with batteries available at every pharmacy, is even better.

We hope that you share your Reliefband story in the comment section. We want to hear from you!