Avoid Jet Lag Like a Pro January 12 2017

Jet-setting off to a foreign destination for a little escape can be rewarding, yet if you travel far enough across the globe, jet lag can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule. And nothing is worse than walking around an exotic destination feeling like one of the undead.

If you haven’t experienced jet lag yet, it can make it hard to get into the swing of things once you reach your destination, causing perpetual fatigue and irregular sleep patterns. To help make your next vacation go smoothly, we’re sharing a few tricks-of-the-trade that can help you beat jet lag, or at the very least, lessen the effects of it so you can get back to vacay(and bikini!)-mode ASAP.

Prep Up

Beat jet lag before you even depart by modifying your sleep routine before you take off. Headed east? Start going to bed an hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure date. This small step can help your sleep schedule become more regulated during your vacation. Traveling west? Do the opposite by staying up for an extra hour each night for a few days before your trip. You’ll be surprised at how these few extra hours will help make the time difference not quite so jarring to your body.

Flight Plan

Before jumping on your flight you should take into consideration the local time of your destination. Let's say it's daytime where you're headed, and you'll arrive in the evening. You might want to skip any sleep by reading or catching up on movies instead, otherwise, you'll be up all night by the time your plane touches-down! 

Lounge with Lavender

The scent of lavender has long been used for its relaxing aroma that's ultra-versatile in use, making it perfect for globe-trotting. Simply pack a small travel-sized bottle of essential lavender oil in your carry-on, to press lightly onto your fingers, temples, and clavicles, so you can close your eyes and inhale the scent as you drift asleep. Continue the calming effect during your entire trip by adding a few drops onto your pillowcase each night. 

Skip The Cat Naps Abroad

While there’s nothing wrong with taking a good nap, sometimes when traveling it can be best to resist the urge to crawl into bed as soon as you reach your destination. This is especially true after a long international flight. If you really want to beat jet lag, skip the arrival nap! When fatigue hits, keep yourself busy by taking a stroll through town, visiting some local sights, or browsing local galleries and boutiques. You’ll appreciate it later, as your adjusting to the time difference.

Pack PJ’s in Your Carry-on

As you settle in for a long international flight, changing into some casual lounge wear can make it that much easier to fall into a comfortable sleep. You can even skip tight jeans or stiff dress shirts all together by opting to travel in a loose tracksuit (those are back in style again, right?) or soft layers that you can cuddle up with. One of our favorite travel accessories? An oversized and ultra-soft scarf that can be used as a travel blanket and accessory on colder days when abroad.