Anyone who’s experienced motion sickness when travelling knows how uncomfortable it can be. From bouncing planes coming in for landing to boats swaying back-and-forth on the sea to busy buses making sharp turns, motion sickness can strike at any time, and if you’re not prepared, it can seriously impact the rest of your day, leaving you nauseous, dizzy, drained and even dehydrated.But there are several ways to combat motion sickness when travelling, and best of all, you might not even have to reach for a pill.Here, Dr. Sunil Sekhri, a general practitioner at iCliniq, a digital clinic that provides online health care, shares his advice on how to combat motion sickness when travelling.Tip #1 to combat motion sickness when travelling: Be selective about your seat.If you have the opportunity to select your seat, do it. This can be an easy way to reduce the sick feeling.“In airplanes, select a seat over the wing; in automobiles, the driver’s or front passenger seat, always facing forward; boat: facing toward the waves, away from rocking bow, near the surface of the water; buses: near the front, at the lowest level, facing forward; trains: at the lowest level, again, facing forward,” explains Dr. Sekhri.Tip #2 to combat motion sickness when travelling: Improve ventilation.Obviously, you can’t crack the window on a plane, but if you’re sitting inside of a boat, for example, and feel the nausea rising, move outside if and when possible. If you’re inside of a car, roll down the window. Fresh air can go a long way in reducing the symptoms of motion sickness when travelling.Tip #3 to combat motion sickness when travelling: Increase airflow around face.If you’re unable to open a window and improve ventilation, Dr. Sekhri suggests increasing airflow around the face in other ways. Consider investing in a hand-held battery- or USB-powered fan that you can toss in your bag and use when on the go. No fan? Waving a magazine or a book at your face can help get the air moving.Tip #4 to combat motion sickness when travelling: Recline your seat.Sitting straight might be making you more nauseous than you realize. “Use a semi-recumbent seating position (reclined between 30º to 60º) or lay supine (flat on your back),” says Dr. Sekhri. These positions are preferred over sitting upright.Tip #5 to combat motion sickness when travelling: Focus on the horizon.Of course you might want to take in the scenery while on the go, but do so by looking at the horizon. “Avoid fixation on moving objects,” says Dr. Sekhri. “Instead, keep your eyes fixed on still, distant objects.”Tip #6 to combat motion sickness when travelling: But down the phone or book.Reading, writing or even playing a game on your phone might seem like a great way to pass time, but these focused activities can significantly increase your chances of motion sickness.Tip #7 to combat motion sickness when travelling: Don’t travel on an empty stomach.We’re not talking a massive eggs/bacon/pancakes/hashbrowns meal before you get on a plane/boat/bus/car, but you should have something in your belly. “Eat light, soft, bland, low-fat, and low-acid foods and avoid alcohol,” says Dr. Sekhri.If all else fails, consider medication.According to Dr. Sekhri, some medications to help combat motion sickness include dimenhydrinate, meclizine, promethazine and diphenhydramine, but always consult your medical practitioner before starting any new drug.