Good Neighbor Insurance has produced a completely free and very comprehensive guide to help international travelers deal with jet lag when traveling. This is the final part of three videos that talk about what is in the jet lag guide.
“The GNI ‘Travel Ninja’s’ Definitive Guide to Jet Lag” is presented by Mark Sequeira, Marketing Director at Good Neighbor Insurance. This is the most comprehensive guide that you will find online, for free, without anything to buy. I is just one more way Good Neighbor Insurance is looking out for travelers and frequent fliers. If you are a frequent flyer, a business traveler, a field director of a nonprofit organization or non-governmental organization (NGO), traveling a lot or through multiple time zones, this travel guide is for you. The guide can be downloaded at: https://www.gninsurance.com/resources/guides/beating-jet-lag/
From the jet lag video (Part 3):
Some of the things that you can do while on your flight to combat jet lag.
“As mentioned in the beginning of this guide, if you are planning on a long flight, your seat assignment matters. Pay a little more to upgrade to “premium economy section,” or get an exit row seat. Airplane seating apps like SeatGuru by TripAdvisor (http://www.seatguru.com/, also a free app on iOS and Android) are crucial to choosing not only your seat on a plane, but the RIGHT PLANE/itinerary since different airlines and different routes use different airplanes that have different amounts of space between rows – If you are curious, check out their site. (Okay, so maybe you are already in the air!) Prepare your seat and bag: If planning to sleep, then ready your headphones, eyemask, slippers (or Sanuks!), toiletries kit, blanket or jacket, even essential oils, beforehand – It is important to create this little routine in anticipation of sleep to ready your mind and body regardless of the time of day, and knowing where everything is, will reassure your mind later on that you are ready to sleep.”
Is loose clothing or tighter (dress) clothing better on a longer flight (for jet lag)?
“My company requires I wear suit and tie during work. Including on-board flights.”
“I see all kinds of people wearing sweats on-board. It that a good idea?”
“I REALLY hate it when people take off their shoes on flights – What is it with people nowadays?!”
Always layer cooler clothing on airplanes and take a jacket along – The point is to control your relative warmth and coolness to mimic nighttime or daytime. Cooler helps you stay awake in case there is no sun or an open windowshade. Regardless of whether you dress for success/business in order to be treated better by cabin staff or it’s required by your company, or you believe in boarding planes in fleece pajamas, you should never pack or travel in tight-fitted clothes that restrict circulation. That includes skinny jeans, as well as fitted shirts or jackets. Use your clothing as one more strategy to defeat jet lag. If going halfway around the world and boarding at night (and you are trying to simulate daytime), dressing nicely for work and intending to get as much real work done en route will help you trick your body into thinking it’s a workday, instead of wearing fleecy pajamas. If traveling during the day, but needing to sleep onboard, wearing warm, comfy clothes and warm slippers as well as a blanket might get odd stares, but will help you tell your body it’s time to relax/take a nap. Personally, I ALWAYS dress for business including a pressed shirt and tie when boarding/disembarking and while in the airport/checking into hotels. I usually will also pack a comfortable set of clothes I can change into during long flights (being careful to roll dress clothes so they don’t wrinkle) into my carry-on/garment bag. This way I am always comfortable and ready to meet the demands of the day. Changing on the plane, as well as brushing teeth, etc. can also help trick your mind into “getting ready for bed.” And changing into dress clothes (if it’s morning where you are headed), and freshening up by washing your face and shaving, helps you psychologically accept that it is morning even if it is dark outside or inside the cabin. These rituals are powerful since your mind does them unconsciously every day.”
There is much more regarding on-board strategies in the travel guide, “How to Beat Jet Lag, The Definitive Guide.”
Download our free guide to overcoming jet lag or see our other videos with jet-lag travel tips!