Many travelers lose the enjoyment of a day or more of their vacation because of their inability to avoid jet lag. Don't let this happen to you when you visit Hawaii. Here is how to avoid jet lag.
- Eliminate stress and anxiety as much as possible before you fly. Get plenty of exercise before your trip and try to avoid getting a cold.
- Eat plenty of starch, carbohydrates and greens before you travel.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip and wear comfortable clothing during your flight.
- Set your watch to the time of your destination (Hawaii or home) before you board the plane.
- Drink lots of water before, during and after your flight -- 8 to 12 ounces every hour is recommended. The dry air in plane cabins causes dehydration.
- Yawn or chew gum to alleviate the pressure build-up in your ears, especially during takeoff and landing.
- Avoid alcohol, coffee or other caffeine products before and during your flight.
- Eat meals at times that are as close as possible to meal times at your destination.
- Consider carefully whether you wish to use a product like No Jet-Lag (homeopathic) or melatonin. Be sure to read up on any product before you consider using it.
- Use earphones to listen to music or earplugs to reduce cabin noise, which tends to be stressful and brings on fatigue. Kick off your shoes and try to get some sleep.
- Get up and walk around the cabin when possible, or do some exercises in your seat to stretch your muscles and keep your circulation flowing.
- During extended layovers on long flights, see if a shower is available. A shower can help ease your muscles and make you feel much better.
- When you arrive in Hawaii, try to stay awake until your normal bedtime (local time). This will get you on Hawaiian time very quickly so that your first full day is not wasted.
- What you do before your trip is as important as what you do during the flight. Avoiding jet lag begins days, even weeks, before your trip.
- Rest, drink water and keep your blood flowing -- the three key things to keep in mind.
- Try to adjust to the local time of your destination when you begin your flight.