16 Oct The Best Way To Recover After A Long Travel Day
I was baffled to find out the other day that in the UK you cannot advise the phrase Jet Lag in a consumer product. Jet Lag is real! Not sure about your experiences, but I’ve had some awful ones in the past, where I was flying home from Europe back to the East Coast and, still being a bit of a newbie in traveling, I didn’t know how to manage the time change aside from staying in bed extra hours killing the next day.
Luckily, with time and experience, I’ve found WAY better tools to do so. Here’s my top ways I prevent jet lag (yes, I’m using it here, it’s the USA) when traveling.
STRETCHING AND YOGA IN FLIGHT
Yoga, yoga, yoga, yoga — I know, it sounds exhausting to hear over and over as a recommendation for post flying to recover. But, there’s loads of truth in it. Wear comfortable, yet stylish clothing, like this sweatshirt, to move with ease keeping your circulation and energy flowing. Stretch before the flight, during at least every hour and especially after. A quick 5-minute sequence working the six-ranges of motion (side to side, forward-fold and backbend, twisting each way) can do magic.
STAYING HYDRATED THROUGHOUT THE JOURNEY
The air on a plane is 10% humidity, which is FAR less than the typical air range on the ground. A round-about number, drink one glass extra for each hour you’re in flight. Double that if you’re having coffee (guilty). Water always helps your body with regulating its energy levels and especially when traveling.
A bonus tip, add in some electrolyte tablets with your water to help with rehydrating faster and more effective, especially with altitude.
TRAVEL SNACKS AND HEALTHY CHOICES
When I fly, I mainly stick to fruits. Typically because they digest easily and because they’re loaded with water. Veggies can be great too, such as celery, cucumbers and carrots, as they digest fairly well and are also mainly water. Staying away from any cruciferous vegetables and avoiding anything that I know will create turbulence when flying (you get my point here).
Another thing I look for are foods that are high in vitamin C, keeping my immune system fully generated. Travel invites a variety of health-inhibitors that can encroach on anyone’s well-being. Kiwis, goji berries, strawberries and clementines are a few of my favorites to pack on the go — all carry-on safe.
WHAT TO WEAR ON A PLANE
Be comfortable, yet classy. It’s easier than you may think. Athleisurewear is more stylish than every these days, and having a few good layers, stylish hoodie and a classic trench can ooze hip first class. Being comfortable in an uncomfortable chair is already one step up to improve your mindset around flying; plus, it helps with proper circulation being in more flexible attire, rather than something stiff like jeans. While it may not be fit to always wear sneakers on a plane, for long hauls I prefer to wear a sneaky stylish shoe like these athletic sneaker.
EARTHING AND GETTING IN NATURE
Ground yourself. Literally. One of the first things I do once I arrive at my destination is the routine (yes that word again – link to article 3 in 2023) is unpack, hydrate, stretch then either get myself in nature or (where and when possible like at a beach destination, for example) take my shoes off and get my feet on planet Earth. This helps to recharge my energy, literally ground my feet into the element earth and remove any negative ions from the travel buzz. Sounds woo-woo and spiritual, I know. But, give it a go next flight and you’ll be woo-woo with me too.
GETTING PROPER SLEEP AND REST
Jump on the local time zone as soon and as quickly as possible. This will help you to minimize the confusion of “where am I and what time is it?” and instead get into the flow as natural as possible. I love using the app Timeshifter, which helps you to adjust with ease with time changes three hours or more. Here’s where getting on the same sleep schedule can help you as well, sticking to the same bedtime and wake-up hour always.
Have you implemented any of these tips before when traveling to minimize jet lag? What’s your top tip for a 3+ hour shift?