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Tips on surviving long flights Nov 20, 2011
Coming from New Zealand, most flights to anywhere are long distance. Avoiding jet lag from long flights and changes in time zone are crucial to making the most of your holiday. Here is what I do (and have never suffered jet lag):
1. Drink lots of water and/or juice during the flight. Every time they offer water or juice take it, even when it's extra. You can get quite dehydrated during flights without knowing it. Avoid coffee or alcohol as these will not help.
2. Take homeopathic anti-jetlag pills. I'm not sure about which countries have these, but they're widely available in New Zealand pharmacies (no prescription).
3. Stay awake watching inflight entertainment or whatever as long as you can. Keep your feet/legs restless, wiggling toes etc to help prevent DVT. If you've got more than one flight, save sleeping for the next flight, which helps you to be refreshed on arrival.
4. For sleeping use: ear plugs as well as noise-cancelling headphones, inflatable travel pillow, and eye mask.
Enjoy the flight as an escape from everyday - an excuse to blob out and do nothing. Relax and save up your energy for the holiday (or reminisce over the great time you've just had).
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