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How to Beat Jet Lag

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jet lag

noun
noun: jet lag; noun: jetlag
extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones.

Let’s face it, when adventuring to a new destination, nobody wants to suffer from jet lag. Who has time to be tired and out of sync in a new city? No one! That’s why we’re all about kicking jet lag to the kerb before it gets to us!

Here are our top tips for beating jet lag. Follow this advice and you’ll be raring to go when you land!

1. Avoid the Booze

Okay, this one is easy for us now as we’ve kicked drinking alcohol, but I know what it’s like to enjoy a few bevvys (translation: beverages for you non-aussies) in the airport lounge and up in the air. It’s part of the holiday right?!

Did you know, alcohol has a much greater affect on the body while flying. This is due to the reduced air cabin pressure and the air being dryer. One drink on the ground is equivalent to double or even triple in the air. No wonder it’s really easy to get a bit tipsy up there!

Want to beat jet lag? Avoid the booze! If you really can’t resist the free drinks (come on, you’re only human!) then take it slow and drink LOTS of water.

2. Hydration is Key

Drink lots of water! I know this sounds obvious but it’s sometimes hard to do when flying. Even harder when you don’t have an aisle seat. You know what I’m talking about here. You’re wedged in the middle or the window seat and it’s a real pain asking your neighbour, who’s watching a movie, to get up so you can go pee. It’s even worse when the person next to you seems to be sleeping the whole flight! You’re thinking to yourself, how the heck am I going to climb over this person?! Eeeek, if they don’t wake up soon I’m gonna pee my pants!

We have two key solutions for staying hydrated…

One: Plan ahead and book an aisle seat. If you’re in a frequent flyer program, you can log into your account and lodge your preferred seats. That way whenever you fly, you’ll always have an aisle seat. Awesome!

Two: Take a water bottle with you. I carry my stainless steel bottle everywhere I go. The flight attendants are always happy to fill them with water for me too. Winning!

3. Good Nutrition

If you want to feel fresh as a daisy when you hit your holiday destination lay off the greasy fatty foods. The healthier you eat, the better you’ll feel.

Victoria and I go one step further and bring our own healthy superfood shakes onto the plane in powder form, just add water! That way we’ve got great nutrition and we don’t have to endure eating the plane food…gross! Better yet, spend your flight fasting, or cleansing as we like to call it. Heaps of water, a nutrient packed cleanse drink, and little to eat will really help you combat the jet lag at the other end.

4. Sunshine

If you’ve been on a long-haul flight, a good dose of sunshine will fix you right up. Most travellers land and go straight for a nap in their hotel room after a long haul flight. This is the worst thing you can do! Trust me.

Hit your room, shower, get changed and head straight out into the sunshine, preferably without sunnies on if you can. The sun will help your body clock to adjust to your new time zone super fast!

5. Better Flight Connections

If you’re booking your flights to receive the cheapest deal 99.9% of the time, guaranteed you’ll be on the worst flight times in terms of body clock planning. I’m a total believer in spending a little bit more and landing at a better time. Just think about it. The cheapest flight has you in at 6am but you can’t check into your hotel until 2pm. Now what are you going to do? You can’t shower or change, and you have to leave your bags at reception. That sucks!

If you have connecting flights, typically you can drastically reduce your layover times if you spend a bit more. So do your research first.

Alternatively you can organise a stop-over. Most airlines don’t charge you for this if it’s part of your journey. For example, when we fly to England we’ll do a stop-over in Singapore without having to spend any extra for our tickets. We get to have fun in Singapore, it breaks up the 24 hour plane trip, plus it helps with the jet lag too. Beauty!

6. Walk Around the Cabin

Stretching your legs helps get the blood pumping and, in my opinion, really helps with the jet lag. I only started doing this when I injured my shoulder and I realised how much better I felt when I got to my destination. Try it!

So now you have our top tips for kicking jet lag to the kerb it’s time to book your next adventure! If you’re looking for some inspiration check out our New Travellers Guide: What You Need to Know Before You Go.

Got a good tip for beating jet lag? Comment below!

Embrace the Unknown!

Elaina
With a serious passion for travel, Elaina escaped from the senior management corporate world so she could spend more time doing what she loves…hanging out with friends, meeting awesome new people, travelling the globe, surfing and snowboarding.

Her greatest travel adventure to date was cycling her bicycle from China to Vietnam and into Cambodia…all with no clue on how to change a tyre! This cheeky Aussie loves to push boundaries and is a sucker for adrenalin sports.

She’s also pretty happy behind a camera and has snapped some pretty epic shots all over the world. Elaina grew up in Australia and has also lived in England and the USA where she was a snowboarding instructor.

3 thoughts on “How to Beat Jet Lag

  1. Hey!
    Love this!!
    How about trying to stay awake when you arrive until it gets dark? That always helps to try and re set the body clock.
    Plus taking melatonin helps many people too, not that I have ever had to.
    Better connections is a good one too. I think sometimes adding layovers to break up the long hauls is a good idea too.
    Thanks for your article it’s great! Xx

    1. Great suggestions Anita! Staying awake when we arrive at our destination is definitely one we do. Connections and layovers are also awesome when travelling long haul! 🙂

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