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7 Killer Ways to Beat Jet Lag


Traveling is a joyous activity but flying through a different time zone for a vacation or a business trip can throw a body’s rhythm out of whack. This may leave you feeling tired, restless, and/or unproductive. The good news is that the inevitable jet lag can be fought with these seven helpful tips.

Stick to Usual Routine

If your trip is short, simply stick to your usual routine — eating, sleeping, and etc. based on the time you’re used to. You may feel odd by doing so especially if the time zone of the place you’ve traveled to is completely the opposite. However, when you return home, your body won’t notice the time zone transition. You can go on your daily life without trouble.

Adjust to New Time Zone

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If you’ll be at a different time zone for an extended amount of time, it is best to adjust yourself in the new time zone. Do this by setting your watch to the local time as soon as you arrive. Plus refrain from checking the time of your home.

Do your activities based on the new time zone. Eat when you are supposed to. If there is still daylight, fight the urge to sleep. On the other hand, when it’s dark, crawl under the covers and get some sleep. Your body clock will eventually adjust in the next few days.

Stay Hydrated

Being dehydrated worsens jet lag. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water en route and, more importantly, throughout the flight.

To begin with, planes have low humidity. So you have to be mindful in drinking water even if you have a lot to attend to.

An additional preventive measure on being dehydrated is avoiding alcohol if possible. And if you can’t resist the temptation when you’re offered alcohol, drink lots of water afterward.

Exercise

Exercise to reduce jet lag

Exercising when you arrive at your destination is one of the best ways to re-synchronize your body and to adapt to a different lighting condition.

As you will most likely be exhausted, a walk, stretching, and/or jumping jacks will do. It does not immediately address jet lag but it reduces jet lag symptoms. This helps you go back to your old self faster.

Sleep is Essential

When traveling to a different time zone, a long, restful sleep is necessary. This helps to reset the body’s clock according to the new time zone.

You may end up using your electronic devices because you’re having trouble sleeping. Stop using it as it disrupts sleep quality. Best you can do is wear comfortable clothes, lie in bed, and close your eyes until you fall asleep.

Natural Remedies

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Before dealing jet lag with a prescription, consider going for natural alternatives. Pack essential oil blends which naturally ease jet lag and refresh travelers.

For instance, lavender oil is good for relaxation and promotes calmness. It is one of the most popular options for those who couldn’t sleep. As mentioned earlier, deep rest is crucial to resetting the body clock.

Prescription

If the above tips do not work on you, seek a medical professional. He can prescribe the right dosage of medication for you. Such is ideal as well for those who frequently need to adjust time zones.
Sleeping pills improve your ability to sleep which helps mitigate the effect of jet lag. While most pills help travelers sleep better, there are also pills that do the opposite. You can stay alert and awake when it is daytime.With all these tips, you can beat the dreaded jet lag every time you travel.

First Aid kit

First-Aid Kit packing tips for your next trip

You always have to have first-aid kit in your package while you are traveling.

You never know when you’ll need a first-aid kit while you are on a vacation. And not just on a vacation, you may need it for any occasion, like just take a walk, go for a hike or any other activity in the nature. You only need the simple first aid stuff that basically fits in any small container. The most important thing is, the container has to be small and lightweight. For example a small size lunchbox or a toolbox or a mini kitchen Tupperware.

If you plan to go on a trip, it’s always important to pack well. Let’s see then what few things you should always include with your first-aid kit.

7 Things to Have in your first aid kit

  • One of the most important is to be ready with disinfectant to treat small cuts and scrapes safely, so you should have sterile gauze with adhesive tape and scissors to cut them. You always have to make sure the scissors are sharp enough before you pack. Band-Aids are an obvious item to pack, as well as light bandages just in case. You can also add some sterile Sanitary napkins; they can be very functional when you need to clean the bleeding area.

  • A general pain reliever is good to have in your first-aid kit to relieve swelling as well as aches and pains and common headaches, like aspirin and acetaminophen, instant cold packs, calamine lotion and hydro-cortisone cream. Antibiotic cream, hydrogen peroxide and antiseptic wipes are good for cleaning cuts and wounds should be added too.

  • Always good to have antacid, insect repellent, motion sickness medication, anti-diarrhea medication, sunscreen, cold and flu tablets.

  • Never forget that if you or your travel mate is taking prescription medicine, always bring enough for the whole trip.

  • Nowadays everyone has smartphones but in case of any problem you really should keep emergency contact numbers and your medical insurance information in your first aid kit.

  • Having a “first aid manual” in your kit can be very practical. You never know when you’ll end up using it in any emergency situation.

  • Splinters can happen at any time, no matter how careful you are. So be sure you have latex gloves, tweezers. Also a thermometer and a flashlight with spare batteries can be very useful as well.

Always keep your travel first-aid kit in a reachable place but away from small children. Here’s a First Aid kit we recommend