Jet lag. Jet lag is the enemy of all travelers, especially those who, like us, work full-time and only have a week or two to get the most out of their vacation. We’ve been traveling for almost 15 years together and fighting jet lag for the same amount of time. I’ve always been a little better at preventing jet lag than Romeo, mostly because he really enjoys a good nap on vacation. Over the years, we have learned the hard way how to prevent jet lag so we can hit the ground running.
Get a Good Night’s Rest before Boarding the Plane
Drink Lots of Water, Then Drink More Water
|Hydration is important for staving off jet lag.
Dehydration gives the feeling of a horrible hangover, which is why jet lag feels so bad. The best thing to do to prevent jet lag is to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Airlines usually don’t serve passengers nearly enough water to stay properly hydrated, so buy some bottled water or fill up a reusable water bottle at the airport before boarding the plane and accept water every time the flight attendants come by.
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
Use Jet Lag Supplements
|1Above helps prevent jet lag and keeps you hydrated.
In addition to staying hydrated, you can use supplements to help prevent jet lag. I recently started using 1Above, which contains six essential electrolytes along with B vitamins and Pycnogenol. These ingredients hydrate, increase energy, and reduce the length and severity of jet lag. 1Above comes in a concentrated liquid or as effervescent tablets that can be added to water. They also can both pass through security. I much prefer the taste (and smell) of the tablets. I have never used it, but I have also heard great things about using melatonin for jet lag prevention from fellow travelers. I avoid sleeping pills as they usually just make me feel groggy and I never seem to get the full amount of sleep needed.
Sleep on the Plane
|I love my memory foam neck pillow!
This has always been one of the downfalls to Romeo’s jet lag prevention. Now that planes have personal in-flight entertainment options, he is always worried that there’s some great movie he’s going to miss, so he ends up watching movies for the entire flight rather than getting any sleep he possibly can. Especially if you are arriving at your destination early in the day, try to get as much sleep as possible and turn off the entertainment. An eye mask and ear plugs can help block out sound and light during the flight and a good memory foam neck pillow will ward off a neck cramp.
Arrive In the Late Afternoon or Evening
Stay Awake Until Bedtime
Adjust to Your New Time Zone as Quickly as Possible
|Adjust your watch to your destination’s local time. (Jord Swiss Luxury Wood Watch Frankie)
Sometimes jet lag prevention is about mind over matter. As soon as you get on the plane, adjust your watch to the local time of your destination. Once you’ve arrived, don’t think about what time it is back home, as that will make you feel exhausted immediately. If your spouse starts telling you what time it is back home because he just can’t help himself, give him a dirty look.
Drink in the Sunlight
Eat Breakfast While Traveling
This article contains affiliate links. If you purchase through them, it costs you nothing extra and we earn a small commission which goes towards bringing you more travel stories. Thank you to 1Above for providing us with samples of their jet lag prevention product so we could test it out ourselves. Also thank you to Jord for providing us with one of their unique wood watches. As always, all opinions are our own.