Tips for beating Jetlag when you travel.

Jetlag (n.)

Extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones.

Synonym: HELL.


If you have ever been on a long-haul flight, then you have undoubtedly experienced jet lag in one form or another. And if you haven’t; how!? What are your secrets, you lucky mystical human being.

The MileHi team are all avid flyers and between us we have devised a short list of tips that are designed to help you beat or at least ease the dreaded jetlag. So what are you waiting for? Read on and take note. 

#1: Begin your travels as rested as possible.

Make sure before leaving for your trip that you’re well rested and relaxed. Don’t leave packing and little details until the last moment, this will reduce your stress levels tremendously and allow you to spend more time relaxing before and during your flight. So don’t dillydally! Prepare yourself early and then chiiiill.

#2: Take a night flight to your destination.

Arriving at your destination in the morning will make you more likely to go about your daily routine and stay awake throughout the day. You’ll be able to sleep on the plane as if it were a normal night, although you may be a little tired upon arrival, if you stay focused you’ll be more likely to sleep regular hours the following night.

#3: Make use of an eye-mask or a windowless seat.

Try and eliminate any and all lighting. Light inhibits the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that naturally promotes sleep and so by ensuring you’re comfortable and in as dark a space as possible you’ll be able to get the best sleep to leave you rested for your arrival at your destination.

#4: Stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated will ensure you feel less fatigued through out the day, gives you more energy and keeps your more alert. As a result your body will be functioning like a healthy human being rather than a tired zombie. This will enable you to continue your day as planned and even help you to sleep later that night (and prevent you from napping in the day!).

#5: Avoid caffeine when arriving at your destination at night.

If you’re arriving to your destination at night, lay off the caffeine while in flight. As we all know, caffeine is a stimulant and the last thing you want is to get to your hotel buzzed and ready for a night of tossing and turning waiting for the caffeine to make its way through your body. Instead, drink lots of water and you’ll be more relaxed and able to sleep your first night at your location.  

These tips are designed to help you ease or even beat the symptoms of jetlag however they may not work for everyone. What tips have you found that work well for you when travelling? Let us know below in the comments.





Kristina Mazhindu; MileHi Travel Writer & Social Growth Guru

Kristina is our resident travel writer, who has a passion for globe trotting and breathtaking experiences. As well as writing about wanderlust, Kristina has a good eye for social media growth and strategies.

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