Top tips on how to fight jet lag

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Here at BUNAC HQ we thought that we would help you out with the issue of jet lag, especially as most of our destinations have such different time zones. Read on for some tips on preventing and dealing with jet lag.

We’ve all been there, you arrive in a totally new country and you’re armed and ready with your ‘to see’ list. Then the dreaded jet lag sets in and next thing you know two days have passed and you have crossed nothing off that list. Don’t let jet lag ruin the beginning of your amazing experience on one of our programmes, especially if you have a short time before you have to begin working.

Jet lag occurs when we cross into different time zones and our body’s 24 hour clock is disrupted, which causes our sleeping patterns, appetite and bowel habits to be affected, to name but a few. It can take a while for your body to adjust to the new time zone and adjust to your new routine.

Although you can’t prevent jet lag from occurring, here are some quick tips from members of the BUNAC team that they have found helpful in reducing jet lag:

  • Ensure you’re well rested – It’s important to make sure you are well rested before you travel, as lack of sleep can make your jet lag worse.
  • Book an evening arrival flight – A member of our team finds an evening arrival allows you to go straight to sleep upon arrival so you are able to try and adjust to the new time zone.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – This isn’t an excuse to load up on alcohol. Before, during and after you fly you should ensure you are well hydrated, and limit your amount of caffeinated drinks!
  • Adjust the time on your watch – Changing the time on your watch to the time zone of your new destination should help you adjust more quickly.

Some of the experienced travellers in the office have shared some quirky tips that they use to defeat jet lag for when you arrive in the new time zone. See if any of these could work for you:

  • Wear an eye-shade –An eye-shade blocks out all light which should help you to sleep more easily.
  • Make a plan on day of arrival – If you arrive in the day, you should make a light plan (e.g. meet up with a friend) this gives you the drive to stay awake so you don’t slip into weird sleep patterns and the natural light will help your body to adjust.
  • Embrace a ‘second wind’ – If you get a second wind, run with it! A member of the team puts their eye cream in the fridge so it is cold when you put it on your eyes, which refreshes you and wakes you up. Not forgetting it keeps the wrinkles at bay!
  • Spend time outdoors – Whether its light exercise or reading a book with your feet up, the fresh air will help your body to adjust to the new time zone.

We hope that these tips from the BUNAC team will be helpful the next time you are suffering from jet lag. Check out some of our other blogs for travelling tips and travel stories from past BUNACers.

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