6 Jet Lag Hacks Perfect for Summer Travels

I've been home for a little over a month now and I’ve finally settled into my old sleeping routine—cue the angel harmony. Since it’s finally summer, I know that a bunch of you will be jet setting to vacation spots around the world. 

If your vacation destination is a few hours ahead or behind of your current time zone, I’m willing to bet that you’re going to experience a little jet lag. Since I’m the self-professed jet lag fairy *waves wand dramatically* and I have a few tips that might just come in handy for you!

1| Don't Sleep Before the Flight
I know this one just doesn’t sound right, but hear me out. Have you ever been on a 14 hour flight? I have, and trust me it sucked. I had listened to the advice people gave me about being well rested before my flight. 

All that did for me was make sure that I was wide awake for majority of the flight.

There’s only so much in-flight entertainment one can handle before going a little paranoid that the 14 hours is seemingly dragging on forever. So what do I recommend? Stay up. 

Not to the point of exhaustion of course, but enough that you can take a healthy nap during the flight and won’t be stuck wondering why the 3 episodes of 2 Broke Girls on your screen aren’t even from the same season.

2| Sleep On The  Plane
If you followed tip number one and make it onto your flight without falling asleep at the gate, three cheers for you, you can finally sleep! Sleeping during a flight makes the trip seem shorter somehow (probably has to do with the lack of wakefulness). 

It also allows you to begin preliminary adjustments to your sleep schedule (more on this in a few).

Before you doze off, make sure your seatbelt is fastened and your luggage is stowed. If you want to be woken up when meals come around, I suggest you alert the person sitting next to you. 

You don’t know how many times I’ve woken up and the food and drink carts have already made their rounds.

3| Stay Hydrated
It’s so, so, so important to drink water during flights. Nothing will wake you up faster than a parched mouth. Ask a flight attendant for some water—not soda, not juice, but water—before you get into some serious z’s. 

Hydration really isn’t a game, and you’ll feel so much better for it.

You can usually get away with not drinking enough water while you’re on land but in the air, especially at the altitudes planes cruise at, you’ll really just dry up like a prune. 

Dehydration while flying is not comfortable, it’s not cute, and honestly, it’s not necessary.

4| Don't Arrive at Night 
Whenever I book tickets, I make it a point not to arrive at night. Think about it, I stayed up so that I could sleep as much as possible on the plane. What good would arriving at night, when sleep tends to happen, do? 

I like to arrive in the mornings or early afternoons. So if your departure/arrival dates are flexible, try to get on the flight that allows you to arrive at your destination during the day so that you can…

5| Do Stuff
You’re on vacation! Do stuff!! Get your activities rolling as soon as you get off the flight. See the sights, get some food, drink some non-water (I know you’ve been waiting on it!), settle into your accommodations. 

Doing stuff is not only fun, but it allows your brain to be stimulated again after such a long break. You get to work up a sweat, get introduced to your surroundings, and most importantly tire yourself out a little bit.

6| Set Your Body On a Schedule
Setting your body on a schedule is key because it allows you to wake up in the morning and go to bed at night as if you were at home. That’s why doing enough stuff to tire yourself out on the first day is so important. 

Make sure to set yourself a bed time (eww, I know, you’re on vacation) so that your body can become accustomed to sleeping and waking up at certain times. Setting a wake-up time for yourself also allows you to make the most out of the days of your vacation. 

You may want to sleep in some days, and that’s fine, but think of all the cool stuff you could be doing if you were… awake.

Do you have some snazzy anti-jet lag tips?

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