As avid world travelers, we know a thing or two about jet lag and the best ways to beat it! So, we thought who better to share our jet lag tips with than you?! Check out our helpful tips below to beat dreadful jet lag and stay refreshed as soon as you land!
1. Keep Yourself Hydrated with Water
As you snobs already know, hydration is key! But I bet you didn’t know that it can really help you beat those jet lag blues too. Flying really dehydrates your body, so it is extremely important to re-fuel with water while in the air and when you land, which in turn will give you your much needed energy back. Dehydration can cause severe fatigue on its own, thus making you experience the jet lagged feeling that much more.
2. Avoid Alcoholic Beverages and Sugary Drinks
Alcohol is a diuretic; it causes your body to remove water from it, which is obviously not ideal when trying to stay hydrated. Similarly, sugary drinks are also considered mild diuretics which can cause the same effects if you consume too much. Therefore, drinking these beverages during and after a long flight will literally suck the life out of you! You’ll arrive at your destination very dehydrated and severely fatigued; only making your jet-lag worse. So do yourself a favor and save the cocktails for your actual vacation.
3. Adjust to Your New Time-Zone Prior to Leaving
If you are really adamant about being able to make the most of your time abroad (which you all should be), then a great tip is to try and adjust to your new time-zone a few days before you leave town. Go to bed a little earlier (or later) depending on the time zone you are traveling to. This will help you get acclimated to the new time zone more quickly, which can help you avoid and/or reduce the onset of jet lag.
4. Plan to Land in the Evening
When booking our flights, we try and travel at a time when we reach our destination in the evening. Then after enjoying some dinner at our hotel, we take some Melatonin and go to bed so we can have a fresh start the next morning. For example, we went to Shanghai (16-hour time difference from our home base in Los Angeles) last January; during our flight, we stayed up for most of the duration (only taking a two-hour nap) and watched movies, worked on our computers, etc. This drastically reduced the feeling of tiredness on the plane and helped us go to bed sooner and easier when we arrived at our hotel.
5. Try a Meyers/Vitamin IV Cocktail
Meyers/Vitamin IV cocktails are a convenient and easy way to get your vitamins on-the-go, while also helping you with the effects of migraines and fatigue that we all associate with long travel and jet lag. Contact your hotel concierge, as most of the time they can arrange for a nurse to come to your room. Otherwise, you should definitely get one when before you leave town. This will also help to prevent you from getting sick while on vacation.
6. Accommodate Hotel Bedding To Your Liking
Lastly, an easy and no-cost way of making sure you get the right amount of sleep while traveling is to make sure the bedding is to your personal comfort and liking. We all sleep differently and have our own preferences of size and firmness in regard to pillows, etc. Before we arrive at our hotel, we call the concierge and request to have the pillows in our room met to our specifications. This little suggestion will help make sure your bedding is as closely resembled to your bed back home, thus resulting in a better and full-nights sleep, which in turn will conquer that jet-lag and nip it in the bud starting the very first night.
So there you have it snobs! These tips and tricks have really worked for us and we hope you can make use of them on your next adventure so you too can say goodbye to the dreaded jet-lag feeling forever!
~ Bon Voyage, Snob World