5 Tips For Conquering Jet Lag

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If you’re anything like I am, flying in and out of time zones does crazy things to your body. I’m tired and hungry at weird hours, more cranky than usual and craving a sense of normalcy more than ever. Because I’m lucky enough to travel pretty frequently, I have a few tried-and-true methods for conquering my jet lag and getting my body in gear. Let’s get right to it!
1. Preparation. Before I even leave my house, I set my watches to my new time zone and depending on which direction I’m going (ahead or behind), I try to mimic the time of where I’m headed. I know it sounds crazy, but adjusting your schedule a few hours earlier/later really does make a difference, especially when it comes to eating!
2. In-flight No-Nos. I know it’s tempting to grab a cocktail to make it easier to fall asleep or using a movie to knock you out, but I promise you..it’s not a good idea! Alcohol and electronic stimulation (movies, iPads, computers, etc) lead to crappy sleep and grogginess upon waking up! Don’t get me wrong — those 20 hours to Thailand nearly sent me over the edge in terms of in-flight boredom, so sometimes imbibing and using the touchscreen movie player is a must. Just try to avoid both if sleeping is at the top of your to-do list!
3. Limiting Caffeine. I’ll be the first to admit — I need some caffeine to keep myself going. The issue with caffeine is that it has a long half-life and once inside the body, it can stay there for a little while sending your body into really high highs and really low lows. Does that make sense?! While traveling instead of my usual coffee, I’ll reach for tea. Specifically, Tazo® Tea, which has about half the amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee. My favorite flavor is Passion®, but it also comes in Awake™ English Breakfast and ZenTM. Found easily at most airport cafes and grocery stores, Tazo teas are made with some of the finest quality tea leaves, spices and botanicals to create unexpected blends that are packed with flavor. Getting my “travel tea” is now something I look forward to!
4. Push Through Until Bedtime. I know that feeling when you’ve landed in your destination, it’s 3PM and you just want to go to bed. I’ve been there! The best thing to do is power through until a decent local bedtime. It might not be pretty, but pushing your body to do it will save you internal confusion for the remainder of your trip! 
5. Exercise. I know what you’re thinking: Kait, I’m not wasting my time in a new, exciting city at the gym. But wait! What I mean by this is making sure your muscles get stretched out after long flights and that your body isn’t cramped up. This might mean taking 15 minutes in your hotel room or taking a stroll around the block to get everything all stretched out. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, too!
If you’re an avid traveler, how do you combat jet lag?
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  • Totally agree with all of these, especially exercise. I feel like I do much better with jet lag if I've been regularly working out.

  • Your passport cover is so pretty! I need to invest in one so I don't feel like such a travel slob.

  • This is such a wonderful post! Have a nice day:)


  • All of these are great suggestions. I know the last few times we've done international travel the jetlag has been less because we skipped the snooze. It's tough but fight it. Also exercise totally helps! Always, whatever the problem then exercise is the answer 😛

  • Jet lag is a killer! What a great post, it definitely ruins part of the holiday! Loving the pink passport!

  • Jet lag is the worst. Great suggestions though!! I totally agree with pushing through until bedtime!

  • These are some great tips for conquering jet lag. I suffer from it terribly when I travel to Spain to visit my family.

  • These are very helpful tips. I agree alcohol is not a great idea to get some sleep. It will only keep you up for hours!

  • I never knew that excercise could help stave off jet lag but that is an important point to take into account when on long haul flights. Alcohol would definitely not help I agree.

  • Jet lag is the worse! Especially as a Mom traveling with young kids. I love the tips you gave to get over it quickly. That's what you have to do!

  • Jet lag can be the worse!!! I know the times I have been to Hawaii the time difference was so hard to adjust to. Love these tips!

  • Caffeine can be crazy on the body! I tend to stay away from it so I feel like I have a bit more control over my actions.

  • Great tips and love the passport covers. I need to try a few of these.

  • Great suggestions. I've never understood how people drink on flights. I can't imagine feeling buzzed on an overseas flight.

  • I hate jetlag! I don't travel that much any more so that helps but yes, regular working out helps too.

  • I am so with you on the first one! We always try to do that! Even back when he was coming home from Afghanistan, John did the same.

  • I love Tazo Tea! I often carry the Zen green tea or the Passion tea bags in my purse. Though water is great, I get bored drinking plain water all the time, so I stick a tea bag in my bottle of water to flavor it. So good!

  • These are some great suggestions! I remember the long flight to Germany and I wish I would have had your tips before then!

  • Thankfully I've never had to worry about jet lag. But all great tips if I ever need them!

  • I have never dealt with jet lag before but it sounds rough. Nobody wants to feel like they are completely thrown off by the time difference.

  • These sound like great tips. I haven't really been anywhere that has been an extreme time difference (the most has been 3 hours) to give me jet lag, but I'll definitely remember this for when I travel to farther away places!

  • I admit that I utilized the free champagne as a mechanism to take a quick flight on my plane. I made sure that I stayed awake when I first arrived to Europe which ended up in me being without a bed for 24 hours, but my body adjusted quickly. Getting back to America was a bit more of a transition.

  • I have never experienced jet lag but oh my it looks like it can be horrible. This would definitely be a great way to beat it.