Having jet lag can be the bane of your existence for the first few days of your trip. I hate feeling off for three days after an overseas flight, so I started researching the best ways to avoid it as much as possible, or all together. Here are some of my top tips for avoiding jet lag. You might want to take some notes.
One of the biggest reasons people feel jet lag after a flight is that they simply are not drinking enough water. It’s easy to get dehydrated while you’re flying, so make sure to take care of yourself and drink a lot before and during your flight. Even if it means extra bathroom visits.
Get Some Sleep
Try to get as much sleep as you can before you arrive, including the time while you’re in the air flying. Head to bed early the night before and avoid caffeine the day before as well so your body is able to fall asleep ahead of schedule. Getting more sleep before you land also means less of a desire to sleep when you land, so you can feel free to enjoy your first day there. Check out my tips for getting a good sleep on the plane here.
Three Words – Noise Cancellation Headphones
No matter where you are on a flight, if there’s a crying baby on-board, you’re going to be listening to it all flight. Bring some noise cancelling headphones as a safety and sanity prevention method. It will probably end up being one of the best investments under $100 you’ve ever made in your life.
Change Your Watch
This tip is one of the simplest you can do in order to have a big effect. A day or two before you fly, change your watch over to the local time of where you’re going. It seems simple, but it will help get your body in sync with the new time.
One of Rick Steves favourite jet lag prevention tips is to stay awake in the country you’re arriving in until the evening. So no matter what time you land, resist the urge to sleep until the locals do. Steves says to go outside and get in a good walk in the evening air, then sleep. This will help you get on track with the locals so you’re able to fully function the next few days.
Drinking any alcohol on your travel day can make you feel sluggish and only serves to multiply your feelings of jet lag. Save the money and ditch the airport bar, pick up a bottle of water instead.
I hope these tips help you to finally conquer the condition known as jet lag. By taking care of yourself and making a few preparations beforehand, it’s conquerable.