Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Give Me Your Travel Tips!

In 24 short hours, I'll be boarding a plane to Nice, France, which is nine hours ahead of us in California. I haven't had to manage that sort of time change since I went to Beijing back in 2006, and that was certainly the most debilitating jet lag of my life.

So expert travelers, tell me: do you have any tips on avoiding jet lag? How about anything that makes 15 hour plane rides not seem torturous? Anything I most definitely need to pack that I may not have thought of?

Stopping by the AT&T store today to ask about texting/instagram/etc. so that I don't accrue a huge bill. I suspect instagram is fine since it relies only upon wifi and not a phone connection. Look for pictures of French wine & the Mediterranean Sea!

We have wifi at our villa in Antibes, so I'll be checking in periodically. May Wednesday go by quickly!

11 comments:

robayre said...

My best advice is always allow for crash time when you arrive. Immediately get to where you will be staying and nap, even if that means for 4 or 5 hours. The act of flying as well as the build up beforehand is enough to exhaust anyone. Trying to do too much, and stay up causes me to become zombie-like. Also, I read advice that I trust and that is to make sure to stay super hydrated. Drink lots building up to the flight, even if that means multiple trips to the restroom during the flight and make sure to keep drinking during the flight. I don't know if that is possible, anymore? The pressurized air cabin depletes lots of moisture quickly. Good luck and have fun!

Katie Hamilton said...

yayyy so fun!

agreed, take a quick nap - not too long, maybe just an hour or two, so that you will still sleep at night! force yourself to power through and drink lots of caffeine :)

make sure you put your phone on airplane mode and then use all the apps, etc, otherwise you may get charged.

have a blast, can't wait to see photos!

Nicole Marie said...

drink a lot of water!!! on the plane over here go ahead a take a little bit of a sleeping pill so you can sleep. since you're losing a day you want to get some sleep. When you get here dont go to sleep! take a shower, have a coffee and go for a very long walk and do things. then go to bed very early like 9pm early(take a sleeping pill or wine if needed) but don't sleep past 10am then next day. my one and only biggest mistake with jetlag was letting myself sleep in till 3pm the first night. then i couldn't fall asleep that night until 4 am.. i was horribly jet lagged for a week after that.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I don't know if you can get them OTC, but ask for Minias drops in a pharmacy.

Aside from that, drink a lot of water all day and throughout the trip overall, but especially today. And take something to make you go to sleep on the plane.

Have a wonderful trip!

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

I've done the Europe flight 4 times and I don't have too bad of jet lag if i sleep for at least an hour or two on the plane. I love the neck/shoulder pillows and it's my travel MUST!! I swear I need my neck pillow on flights from So Cal to Scaremento!! hahaha Have fun!!

Angela said...

Oh jet lag. I actually got to the point where I scarcely noticed it in the US=>UK way. Lots of water. By lots I mean on the flight, drink 2+litres. On the lead up you should drink water constantly. Avoid sugar, alcohol and coffee (apart obviously from what is needed to keep you from being homicidal). I am a firm believer that the nap after you land should not last more than an hour – no matter how much it hurts to get up. Other than that, do NOT under any circumstances eat anything they give you on the plane. I always thought an advil upon sitting was a nice touch to nix leg and back pain before it started. Set your watch to the new time when you get on the flight (placebo, yes. helpful, maybe, but Nick swears by it). Lots of layers is nice too.

SO jealous! I know you will have a blast and cannot wait to see the pics. Nice is a wonderfully amazing place.

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

i think the 15 hour flight is the ONLY thing i'm not jealous of!! i hope you are prepared for a level of instagram stalking not previously seen.

Kathy said...

when i traveled to italy, i took a valium, passed out on the plane for 7hrs and woke up in italy refreshed and ready to go. absolutely NO jet lag and i'm usually the queen of jet lag. i would do it again in a heartbeat. not the best way to do it but hey, at least i was able to have fun right off the plane.

Krystal said...

ha, i don't know if it can be avoided! i just always try not to sleep and then when i get to my destination i sleep like a baby :)

ty said...

SOOOO much fun. And so jealous :)

sophboat said...

I've only done two long flights - but they were both over 24 hours from Australia to England and back again!! On the flight there I left home in the afternoon and arrived early morning - I was tired but the excitement of arriving in a new country kept me up all day so I had a good sleep that night! On the way back I left in the morning and arrived at night, I had a lot of trouble sleeping on the plane so I got back and had a nice long sleep in my own bed. I'm heading over again at the end of this year and have booked my flights in the same pattern so I hope it works again!