Do you dash to the airport without much thought before air travel? Whether you travel a lot for work or are going on holiday, it’s worth devoting some time to pre and post-flight rituals. If you want to know how to avoid jet lag, give your skin some TLC and make more out of the wait in the airport, look no further. Here are our favorite pre and post-flight tips to keep you feeling refreshed.

 

The side effects of flying

Common complaints that arise from air travel are dehydrated skin, stiff joints, and trouble adapting to new time zones. The artificial plane environment isn’t the only bugbear. Being bored during a flight and filling time before boarding can be frustrating for some. However, if you want to know how to avoid jet lag and make your flight better try our tips.

Before you fly

Charge your devices

phone with portable charger

This one is pretty self-explanatory. There is nothing worse than being stranded in an empty terminal without a power socket to save you. Or getting seated before your flight only to see your battery has died. Especially if you’re relying on your device to keep you company. To be on the safe side pack a portable charger.

Make your in-flight entertainment

Who says flights have to be boring? Look at the duration of a flight as precious time to yourself to unwind, catch up on some work or lock into your entertainment zone. This could be a playlist you’ve prepared beforehand, a new podcast series, a book you’ve been desperate to read or an old fashioned in-flight movie.

Prepare homemade food for the flight

The food on a plane can be unpalatable and expensive. Play it safe and prepare your own packed lunch, midnight feast or healthy nibbles to eat on the flight. However, there are certain foods you can’t take on board. Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities. These include condiments and sauces over 3.4 ounces, yogurt, and canned food. Also, be sure to finish eating those treats before disembarking in case you are moving through a customs check.

Research where you’re going

Get excited about where you’re going by doing your homework before you set off. Read blogs, make a list of must-sees and hunt around for any hidden gems. Having this to hand is also handy reading material to distract you from long ques at a check-in desk. On a more practical note, getting around a city is one of the first things to get to grips with. Include research on local transit so you can get on your way from the moment you land.

Put together some pampering products

beauty products

Flying wreaks havoc with skin. Staying hydrated is the name of the game. Prep your skin before you fly by drinking lots and lots of water. Pack some hydrating sheet masks, moisturizing hand cream and some gel patches for your eyes. Take a travel size hydration serum for a top-up, and a face spritz to keep you refreshed.

Start a new sleep schedule

If you have enough notice to do so, stay a step ahead by altering your sleep schedule. This way you can get in sync with your destination a few days before you fly. Depending on if you’re traveling short haul or long haul, adjust your sleep routine by an hour each day per time zone traveled. You could also adjust mealtimes, too. Most of all, make sure to get a good night’s sleep before you travel.

 

What to do upon arrival

Exercise

As tempting as it may be to take a nap, you can adjust to a new timezone and recover from a flight with exercise. This could be a walk around the city, visiting an outdoor park or a quick fitness routine in your accommodation. A smart idea is to book an apartment with a gym on-site. With fitness amenities on the doorstep, you can work out anytime without getting a gym membership. Many of Blueground’s beautifully furnished apartments have the bonus of a residential gym. Some even have swimming pools, where you can work and stay fresh in the water.

Book a massage

You may land from a flight feeling stiff and sluggish. Air pressure on flights can lead to swelling and more serious issues like Deep Vein Thrombosis. Post-flight massages are important to relieve any symptoms. Lymphatic drainage massages are great for fluid retention. While Thai Yoga massages give the body a serious stretch and reset.

Get a dose of daylight

Don’t become a vampire! Get out in as much daylight as possible when you’re fresh off the plane. Daylight anchors the body’s circadian rhythms and makes it easier to get over jet lag and adjust to the new timezone. Remember to reset the time on your watch and on your devices so you don’t get confused.

Avoid caffeine

Coffee may keep you awake but it’s not going to help re-hydrate your body. Or beat the jet lag. Do still make a stop at a cool coffee shop, but swap out a caffeine fix for a herbal tea. Similarly, try and steer clear of carbonated drinks and alcohol to help you get over your jet lag much faster. When in doubt, drink water.

Stick to a simple first day

This may be trickier to manage if you’re on a tour or a busy business trip, but try and set a slower pace for your first day. Even if it means scheduling in meetings but skipping a meal out afterward. Try arranging your travel so you have an extra day in-between to settle yourself. You may want to make the most of your limited time overseas. Or just be as productive as possible on a business trip. Whatever reason, wherever you’re going we hope these pre and post-flight rituals will provide a remedy for the side effects of flying.

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