The enemy of all travelers far and wide, jet lag can ruin the first days of your trip abroad. Symptoms of jet lag include extreme tiredness, insomnia, anxiety, headache and irritability. The amount of time it takes to recover from jet lag usually depends on the number of time zones one has crossed, but fear not! There are things you can do to avoid jet lag altogether. We asked some of Up with People’s most seasoned travelers how they avoid jet lag. Before your next big trip consider the following advice and you might just avoid the effects of jet lag!
How To Avoid Jet Lag
- Emergen-C: I drink a couple on the plane and one a day on my trips – the vitamins, the citrusy goodness and the little bit of fizz help me feel more alert and ready for the day while my body is adjusting to a new time zone.
- Multi-vitamin: I take one daily and pack them for all of my trips.
- Refreshing/energizing, face mist: It feels great to give myself a little spritz after sitting on a plane for hours and as a mid-day refresher after being out and about exploring. I use it as a wake-up and a pick-me-up tool.
- Herbal Tea Bags: Hooray for free-hot water – in flight?! An herbal nighttime tea and an herbal energizing tea are my go-to’s. I’d stay away from coffee and sugary energy drinks…your body will crash and it’ll be tough to get on the local schedule.
- Blanket, Memory Foam Neck Pillow & Slipper Socks (for the long flights): I LOVE cozy-ing up on the airplane and sleeping when it’s night time at my destination to try to get a jump-start on getting my body set on the local time. The more comfy I can get on the plane for a good snooze, the easier it is for me to adjust when I arrive.”
10.) Get on a normal meal schedule as soon as possible. Normal eating can be a challenge while traveling, so the first day try to eat smaller meals at the proper meal times and small snacks in between until your body gets used to the new meal schedule.
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