One of the worst things about traveling is jet lag. You’re tired, you have no motivation to explore, its just not fun. But there are a few things you can to reduce your jet lag if not alleviate it all together!
- Adjust your schedule before your flight
- Adjusting your schedule even just a week before your flight can really help with jet lag. On our flight to China I made the WORST mistake. we stayed up all night and hopped on a plan hoping to sleep the entire way. That did not happen. I was so tired and cranky that i couldn’t get comfortable, ended up only sleeping 4 out of the 13 hour flight and got horrible altitude sickness. The first hourish in Hong was not spent exploring, it was spent waiting for the ibuprofen to kick in.
- Over night flight
- On my trip to Europe, we had to stop in Texas to pick up half our group. We boarded the plane at ohare at 11 am, had a 5 hour layover in texas, boarded the plane to Spain at 7 PM and arrived in Spain at around 8 am. That whole flight i slept maybe an hour. The second day in spain i didnt wake up until 2 pm. However when we went to London we took off at about 8 pm and landed around 10 am their time and I slept the whole way. Instead of wasting our whole first day we saw EVERYTHING because we weren’t tired. The second day was more chill because even though we were still a little jetlagged it was nearly as bad as when I went to Europe.
- Drink LOTS of water
- I am not a person that drinks alot of water in my day to day life but this on a plane you’d think i was a fish. Drinking water keeps you hydrated and therefore keeps you comfortable. Airplane air is dry and if your skin feels like Cassandra without her moisturizer in Doctor Who (season 1 episode 2, look it up) you will NOT be comfortable. Plus keeping hydrated helps your immune system fight off all the germs that live and breed in an airplane seat…yuck
- Avoid alcohol and sugary caffeinated drinks
- Going along with staying hydrated, alcohol and sodas can dehydrate you so you want to avoid them at all costs, even the sugar free/diet ones. Juice can be okay but if youre on a long flight (which im assuming you are since no one gets jet lag from a 3 hour flight) just stick to water, have the bubbles when you land.
- Dont eat a big meal before getting on the plane
- If your like me and you food coma after every meal ignore this, but sometimes a large meal can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. If you eat a meal in the airport, you can take the leftovers on the plane with you and have it later. I did that with a spirit flight once and it was perfect, i didnt have to pay for a snack!
How do you combat jet lag? Leave your answer below!
Thanks for reading, until next time!
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