Ms. Lemon from Odenton, MD wanted to enjoy her vacation to the fullest, and has asked me for tips on how to avoid or lessen the effects of jet lag. Because the variance in time zones can affect everyone differently, I told her to use the below tips to help reduce the affects that these changes can have on her body:

  1. Eat lightly & avoid sugar and highly processed foods the day before and the day of travel.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol & caffeine.  Remember you cannot bring liquids through security.
  3. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing during travel.
  4. Before boarding the plane, take a brisk walk around the airport to get in some last-minute exercise.
  5. On the day of arrival, it is best to stay awake all day and go to bed at a normal hour, according to the local time.
  6. During the tour, allow yourself the luxury of a short nap if you can close your eyes from the beautiful scenery!

Ms. Lemon chose yet another option, since she did not have time constraints with her vacation, she decided to travel one-day before her vacation, and stay at an airport hotel for that night.  She ended up joining the group for the transfer the next morning so she didn’t miss one minute of the trip, but she ended up joining them completely refreshed & ready to go!

So, if you choose a long-distance destination for your next trip, consider arriving early to acclimate to the time change and possible get in some independent sight-seeing!

Happy Traveling!