Jet lag is like that overbearing aunt at Thanksgiving dinner – you can run but you can’t hide. For the frequent business traveler however, there are tips and tricks to keep its effects at bay, which can come especially handy when you need to be prepared for business meetings.
Pick your seat accordingly
Reclinable seats and extra legroom can make or break your in flight experience. Choose a window seat over an aisle, there is less commotion, and people walking around, flight attendants and food and beverage cards walking past can impact your comfort level. Look for seats away from lavatories or galleys to further avoid discomfort. Many of the same routes have different aircrafts – look for newer planes with more comfortable seat configurations.
Sleep on the plane
Try to adjust your schedule to your destination. If you are traveling during the day, take advantage of the time to get some work done, but fit in a few hours of sleep. You will appreciate those precious hours when you arrive at your destination. Eye shades, ear plugs, and a neck pillow can ensure you have a comfortable ride and arrive well rested.
Dry and air pressurized cabins dehydrate you, so minimize your alcohol intake and make sure to stay hydrated. Buy a large bottle of water before you get on the plane to avoid having to wait for the flight attendants to come around, and minimize the amount of times you have to get up.
Exercise is important
Fresh air, daylight and exercise are the enemy of jetlag! Take a walk around the hotel, grab a snack and a cup of coffee to stay awake. If you get a chance, hit the gym – your body and mind will thank you!
Naps are jet lags best friend. When you arrive at your hotel, do not lay on your bed for a quick rest. This can turn into a 5 hour nap that will disrupt your sleeping patterns for the rest of your stay. Seize the day and try to adapt to the time zone of your destination.