Mummy says…. The last time I flew long haul was twelve years ago from London to Orlando. It was a nine hour flight and I had three children under 6! Looking back, I don’t quite know how I did it and I had to cope with jet lag too….
Jet lag is generally when your travel and timezone moves more than two hours. It affects people in different ways. I have put together some top tips to deal with jet lag…
- Accept that jet lag is likely to happen, and you can deal with it, rather then trying to avoid it.
- Let go of any expectations and ‘go with the flow’.
- Change your watch to your destination local time as soon as you board.
- Make sure you all drink lots of water whilst onboard.
- Get up and move around – take a little walk often.
- When you land, have your proper meals at local meal times. If you are hungry in between, have a snack.
- Drink lots of water with your meals after landing.
- Sleeping based on local time will make the jet lag less intense. If your children are really struggling to stay awake, let them have a short nap and have a nap with them. It will be exhausting and stressful to try and keep young children awake. If they wake during the night – probably at mealtimes – keep the light dimmed, keep calm and quiet and offer a light snack.
- Get outside in the sunshine as soon as you can after landing, even if it is your usual night time.
- Have at least one relaxed day when you first arrive to adjust to the new time.
Have you flown long haul? Have you any tips to deal with jet lag with children? I would love to go to America again in the next few years and will be looking at cheap flights to New York for a girly city break with my daughters or Orlando to visit Disney World again.