Really traveling far outside of your comfort zone can be one of the most rewarding experiences that a person can have. To go someplace that’s completely unfamiliar, where you don’t speak the language, where there’s a culture completely unlike the one you left behind… It’s just incredible.
But, when you travel that far, you’re going to switching time zones. This is no small thing, of course, because your body’s biological clock is going to be thrown completely out of whack. You know what we’re talking about, of course; we’re talking about jet lag.
While it’s not really possible to completely dispense with jet lag, there are some things you can do to lessen its impact on your travel experience. With that in mind, take a look at our 15 great tips for combatting jet lag…
1. Rest Well
Combatting jet lag starts with preparing your body. This means getting a full night’s rest the night before your flight.
2. Choose a Sensible Flight Time
If you’re going to be in the air for six hours or longer, then try to book your flight in line with your sleep schedule so that you’re more likely to sleep while in the air.
3. Prepare Thine Self!
Sleeping on an airplane is no easy task, of course. Therefore pack everything that you’ll need to get the best sleep possible, from a pillow to earplugs and maybe even a facemask.
4. Arrive During Daylight, If Possible
This might not always be an option, but if you can, then make sure your plane lands during daylight. You’ll be much more likely to stay awake, if you do.
5. Long Trip? Adjust Your Schedule.
If you’re going to be spending more than a week at your destination, then strongly consider trying to get in sync with the destination’s time zone before you leave.
6. No Boozing!
It might be tempting to have that cocktail once you’re in the air, but skip it. Drinking alcohol at high altitudes is going to mess you up more than it’s worth.
7. Sleep Pills Are a No Go
Likewise, remember that sleeping pills are a double-edged sword. They’ll get you to sleep, but you’re not going to feel at all rested once you wake up.
8. Keep It Moving
You won’t be able to sleep through the entire flight, in all likelihood. So, when you are awake, make sure you’re getting up periodically to get the blood flowing.
9. Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water will help immensely when it comes to feeling okay once you land. So, drink up! (And don’t get tempted into caffeinated sodas and other beverages.)
10. No Napping
Once you land and check into your hotel, you’re going to be tempted to take a nap. Don’t give in! Taking that nap will just make jet lag even worse.
11. Get Out in the Sunshine
Instead of napping, get outside. Sunshine and fresh air will make you feel more invigorated and help to get you into the swing of things in the new time zone.
12. Resume Your Eating Routine
In order to get your body feeling right, you’ll want to start eating on a regular schedule
13. Try Out Some Exercise
Sunlight and fresh air won’t do it all themselves. So, take a dip in the pool or hit the gym at your hotel. You’ll feel much better (and more normal) if you do!
14. Still Say No to Sleeping Pills
If you managed to avoid sleeping pills on the plane, don’t give in once you land. They’ll still leave you feeling groggy and off, which definitely isn’t good if you’re trying to combat jet lag.
15. Don’t Oversleep
Finally, once you do get to sleep, don’t start acting like a bear hibernating through the winter. Get your normal amount of sleep!