As much as we love to travel to, explore and experience new destinations, sometimes, the journey is not all it is cracked up to be. And until we can figure out an alternative (apparate, maybe?) there is no escaping the perils of jet lag. Fret not, though, for the Outlook Traveller team has you covered. We divulge our tips to fight jet lag and make the most of your holiday.
When travelling long distances, it is best to prepare before taking the flight. Personally, I try to match my body clock to that of the destination. Before boarding the flight, I try to either stay awake or sleep in, depending on where I am travelling. Mobile applications like Timeshifter or Sleep Cycle help create a unique schedule, telling you when to sleep, to drink or avoid caffeine and so on. With a few simple taps, you can start adjusting your circadian clock easily.
Though when it comes to escaping jet lag, we say to avoid caffeine altogether. “Have a glass of fresh juice instead,” advises Gandharv (Assistant Editor). Low-caffeine teas can help too. Shruti (Deputy Photo Editor) says, “packing a few sachets of Caudalie Herbal tea to sip on regular intervals can be extremely helpful in detoxing on board and reducing chances of water retention.”
Investing in a good nights sleep is a must. Zagrav (Social Media Manager) makes sure to sleep on the flight if it is night time at the destination. We recommend a silky, dark eye mask and noise-cancelling earbuds for maximum comfort. Sharmistha (Deputy Editor, Outlook Traveller and Editor, OT website) will force herself to sleep at night, regardless of where she is. It helps her form a routine in the new time zone. If budget and time allow, perhaps you should also consider splitting your flight into two, opting for a night-long layover in between.
Once you reach your destination, do take it slow. Take a long hot shower, eat healthy food and see if you can take a nap to prep you for the trip ahead. Some people tend to tire themselves out, but we think it better to take a red-eye flight so that you can sleep through it, and wake up refreshed and ready for a new day, and of course a new destination.