Everyone loves to travel, but no one likes jet lag. Jet lag is like that acquaintance聽you聽didn鈥檛 invite to your party, but crashed聽anyway. In 2015, you鈥檇 think there鈥檇 be a pill for this. But alas, we鈥檝e had to find our own remedy. Skip feeling like an ogre聽on your next timezone-crossing adventure聽by following these easy steps.



1.聽Book Your Flight Strategically: Instead of cursing the time gods because of聽how tired you feel when land, book a flight聽that鈥檒l minimize your jet lag. If you are flying west, book an afternoon flight. If you are flying east, book a morning flight. Passengers traveling west experience lighter effects than passengers traveling east, because east runs the opposite direction of the internal body clock. While this all makes sense, we think a reset button would be easier. Just sayin鈥.


2.聽Adjust Your Sleep Schedule:聽A few days before your flight, adjust your sleep pattern to mirror聽the local time of your destination. If you are flying west, you should move your bedtime later. If you are flying east, you should move it earlier. This will make it much easier for your body to adjust to the new time when you arrive.


3.聽Pack Long Before Flight: Stress is like a crying baby on a flight: It鈥檚 a situation that no one wants to deal with. Reduce your聽stress by packing a few days before you leave.聽Not only will this save you worry, but it鈥檒l also keep you from聽the oh-no-I-forgot-to-pack dance聽three hours before your flight. We鈥檝e all been there.


4.聽Adjust聽Your Watch:聽After you get through security, adjust your watch聽to your destination鈥檚 local time to help you mentally prepare before you even land.



5.聽Drink Water: Flying for a long period of time isn鈥檛 the greatest thing for your body. The cabin air pressure is dehydrating, which won鈥檛 help your travel hangover. To make up for it, drink eight ounces of water. Whatever you do: Don鈥檛. Drink. Alcohol. Sorry for the bad news, but alcohol and coffee will only dehydrate you more.


6.聽Drink Ginger Tea: If you are looking for a more natural remedy, try drinking ginger tea on your next flight. Not only does it relax your muscles, but it also keeps your blood circulating. The catch is that it has to be fresh ginger root 鈥 none of that powder stuff here, folks. Just add sliced root and lemon to a tumbler, and ask for hot water while you are in flight. (Photo + recipe via Minimalist Baker)


7.聽Eat Light: While your mind might聽already be in vacation mode, eat light on your flight. Heavy meals will disrupt you from getting that聽much-needed rest. Stick to protein and plant-based foods (like this gorg green goddess kale salad via Clara Persis!) to elevate those jet-lag blues.


8.聽Sleep on Plane: One of the best things you can do is get some sleep on your flight. Bring an eye mask and ask for a pillow and earplugs to unplug from the rest of the world. Ideally, you should time your sleep to聽when it鈥檚 night time in聽your destination city. This will help you feel fresh and ready to go when you arrive. (Photo via Wildfox)


9.聽Walk Around: Keep the聽blood flowing by doing mini stretches in your seat. This will help prevent muscle aches and keep you聽relaxed. We鈥檙e not saying you should do a full-on Richard Simmons workout routine, but聽minor聽leg and arm rotations will do. (Photo via Eva Air)



10.聽Expose Yourself to Daylight: Sunlight聽is your best friend when you need to reset your internal聽clock. If you arrive at your destination during the day, get as much light exposure as you possibly can. The more light you receive, the quicker you鈥檒l get over jet lag.


11.聽Rest at Sundown: Try not to sleep聽if聽there鈥檚 light out after you land. Push through your fatigue by doing activities to stay awake. Then聽once聽the sun is setting, head back to your hotel for a glorious night of rest. (Photo via AirHelp)


12.聽Warm Bath: Not everyone can easily fall asleep after a long flight. Instead of taking sleeping pills, draw a warm bath in the hotel and get comfortable. If you don鈥檛 have access to a tub, drink a lukewarm glass of milk. Save the wine for the following night, once you鈥檙e feeling聽better than ever.

What are your remedies for jet lag? Tell us in the comments below!