Any International Trips in Your Future?
These tips are beneficial if you are planning on some upcoming international trips. I know I will definitely be using some for ours, this coming Saturday! If you have any tips for ME, please share.
This first part is how to get your best sleep on an airplane – by Domino Magazine.
From passenger scandals to miniscule legroom, air travel can really keep you up at night. So what should you do when you have an overnight flight and a packed agenda of work or travel must-dos the minute you land? Well, we caught up with seasoned travelers who log many miles monthly on transcontinental trips to glean their best tips—from how to catch a snooze at 39,000 feet to what they pack for better sleep.
Work That Window Seat
To go to sleep, Peach and Lily founder Alicia Yoon always tries to get a window seat so she can lean against the wall of the plane for comfort. “I’m petite, so luckily I’m able to make more of my space,” she says. Sometimes, she’ll put the tray table down and curl her legs over it. Other times, she’ll drape her feet into the magazine holder in the seat ahead. “If my husband is flying with me, I’ll basically use him as a support pillow—that’s always the best!” she says.
Dress for the Occasion
Travel writer Aly Walansky dons a maxi dress and shoes she can slip out of for overnight flights. “If you are not in boots and tight jeans you are way more likely to be comfortable enough to sleep,” she notes.
Carry a Large Scarf or Shawl, Preferably Perfumed
“Airplanes can be so cold, I’ll often use the scarf as a blanket for extra warmth during the flight,” Yoon says. “It feels much more cozy, and getting a whiff of my favorite fragrance allows me to fall asleep more easily.”
BYOSM (Bring Your Own Sheet Mask)
Yoon also wears sheet masks religiously on flights, as planes can be so drying for skin. “While sheet masking, I massage my face—massaging the temples, pressing around the eyes and brows—which helps promote relaxation,” she says. She loves this sheet mask for flights because it allows for easy massaging without friction on the skin. “And I get my hydration and relaxation at the same time, letting me sleep better,” she adds.
Pills for Insomniac Ills
Walansky always pack two Tylenol PM for a flight. “I confess, I do often chase it with a glass of wine (even the packaging says you can have one or two drinks with it—just no more!), and that helps to relax me enough that I have a fighting chance,” she explains.
Pack Your Pillow
Walansky notes that those neck pillows you can purchase at your local Hudson News are awesome—but she often uses one as a lower-back pillow instead. “[My back] bothers me more when I try to sleep on a plane than my head and neck,” she says. She also advises bunching up a sweatshirt and using that as a pillow for your head. “Never use the plane pillow,” she warns. “Please.”
Have a Ritual
Michele McConomy, Senior Vice President, Customers, for tech campus RocketSpace, travels from San Francisco to Europe on a regular basis and logs at least 25 air-travel trips annually. Her trick to getting Zs on the plane consists of putting on fuzzy socks, having a single glass of champagne, throwing back some melatonin, and donning an eye mask. Last, she applies Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion before drifting off to sleep.
Essential Oils for Jetlag
Yoon likes to use products with a lavender extract or essential oil to help her relax and fall asleep more easily. “I also like products that have citrus extracts like our Citrus Honey Aqua Glow in the mornings to help me be more awake—because that then also helps to break the jet-lag cycle and allows me to sleep later in the evening better,” she explains.
This part is for ‘resetting’ your body on dealing with meals – by Travel and Leisure Magazine – MELISSA LOCKER
There’s nothing more frustrating than falling asleep when you’re supposed to be touring the Prado or the Louvre or the Tokyo National Museum. Unfortunately, jet lag is a very big part of travel as we fly across the world, traipsing through time zones. “Jet lag occurs when we experience a desynchronization between our internal body clock and the external time clock of our destination,” explained Natalie Dautovich, Ph.D., an Environmental Fellow at the National Sleep Foundation. “Symptoms of this desynchronization include fatigue, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, indigestion, and a negative mood.”
There are lots of tips and tricks to avoid the brunt of jet lag, but one of the tastiest ways is to use food and drinks to mitigate some of the effects of the so-called “desynchronization.”
STICK TO SET MEAL TIMES.
“Meals help to regulate our underlying rhythms so try to stick to the mealtimes of your destination time zone,” says Dautovich, who also recommends skipping the in-flight nightcap because alcohol can act as a stimulant.
To minimize jet lag, Jennifer Vimbor—a registered dietician at Chicago Nutritionist—suggests travelers start eating on local time before traveling. “Your body’s clock may be feeling it’s still 4 am in New York, but it’s time for breakfast in London. Go with it!” she says. This means eating meals based on your new time zone. When you’re traveling on an overnight flight, this could mean sleeping when the meal is served on a plane, because you don’t want to eat dinner when they are sleeping in your new time zone. Either ask the flight attendant to set aside your meal until you wake, or make use of your bag of snacks so you can start the day with breakfast, kick start your circadian rhythms, and help your body adjust to the new time zone as quickly as possible.
DO A BIT OF PLANNING.
Avoiding the brunt of jet lag through food requires a little advance planning, though. “When traveling, a little planning and preparation can go a long way to help you to feel well and stay healthy,” says Vimbor. “Prior to travel, eat well and drink plenty of water.”
START TAKING PROBIOTICS.
She also recommends travelers begin taking probiotics two weeks before travel and during your trip. “[Probiotics can] help improve the immune system and decrease risk of illness,” she says, suggesting a supplement that has 10 – 20 billion (yes, billion) units, at least four probiotics, and a minimal amount of ‘ingredients’. If you prefer to get your probiotics naturally, Vimbor notes, “You can also get these cultures in smaller amounts from fermented foods such as kimchi, tempeh, yogurt, and kefir.”
While flying, Vimbor suggests avoiding caffeine to make sleeping easier and instead loading up on water. “You (and your body) experience lower levels of moisture and humidity so staying hydrated is key—and coffee doesn’t count!” she says. “Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches and lightheadedness as well as amplify jet lag. Non-caffeinated beverages such as seltzer, mineral and flat water are your best bet to hydration. Shoot for one cup (eight ounces) per hour of the flight.” Vimbor also suggests taking advantage of your vacation (or at least your hotel’s amenities) to replenish some of the lost moisture. “Once you arrive at your destination, have a swim or take a bath. Immersion in water can help replenish some moisture via your pores,” she says.
Of course, water isn’t enough for survival—snacks help, too. Vimbor suggests stashing food in your carry-on bag. “Pairing a protein and carbohydrate like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, trail mix, or fruit with string cheese will prepare you for delays, keep you satisfied, and maintain blood sugar,” she says. “Edamame (soy beans) is also a great idea because it encompasses protein, starch and fiber! Eat perishable foods within two-hours.”
This article originally appeared on Travelandleisure.com.