As wonderful traveling can be it’s often exhausting for your body. Especially long distance flights will present you with the so called jet lag.
During a recent trip to Tokyo to have a look at Mercedes-Benz’s Vision Tokyo I tried something new. To avoid that nasty present I developed some personal habits which I want to share with you.
1. Oh is it Christmas again?
As fast as it seems to be Christmas again sometimes your time of departure comes very fast. If you know that you’re going to have a long-distance flight avoid to party the night before and be well prepared. If you enter an airplane drunk or exhausted the following flight will be everything except of recreative.
2. I pack my bag and take with me …
If you need your own pillow or want to wear sweatpants instead of dress pants you have to take them with you in your hand luggage. Also some literature, tunes or anything else you’d like to have with you on a comfy sunday are fine for your trip.
3. Have a drink.
During a flight you should drink plenty of fluids. If you want to have a glass of champagne or a whisky while watching 007 it’s fine but the more alcohol you drink the more non-alcoholic fluids you should have. Dehydration is one of the main symptoms of a jet lag, and the dry cabin air hereby doesn’t help. You should also watch what you eat. Overeating is a problem not only on vacation.
4. Back to the future …
How hard a jet lag will hit you depends on the size of time lag. By the byword ‘east is beast’ you’re able to see that traveling east is often harder for your body than a trip to the western hemisphere. The best thing you can do is to set your watch to the local time of your destination as soon as you take off. You’re also allowed to have a sleep but please try to avoid sleeping pills.
5. Been there done that …
When you finally reached your destination you should be outside. On a recent trip to Tokyo I went running with Wolfgang as soon as we reached our hotel. It’s been a bit more exhausting than usually but it really helped me to get into gear again. Also a city tour by foot is fine.
6. Sleep, eat, work, repeat. But in time.
As soon as you’re at your destination you should try to get used to the local time. Also if you’re totally wasted please try to be awake as long as it’s sleeping time at your site.
Do you have some additional tips to avaoid a jet lag?