5 To Do’s Before Take-Off

October 5, 2015,

When planning a trip there are a lot of details to consider from booking your flight, informing your bank of your travels and purchasing travel insurance (a must!). Once you’ve finally arrived at the airport and are ready to unwind after weeks and weeks of planning, here are 5 quick (but important) to do’s before take-off – in light of my take-off in 5 days. 

1. Set your phone/watch to the local time of your destination
Taking the red eye from North America to Europe? Right before boarding, set your phone (and watch, if you use one) to the local time zone of your next destination. This will quickly influence your inner clock, tricking you to feel sleepy and ready to nap upon take-off (if flying eastward). Setting your phone and watch to the local time of your destination will greatly help to diminish the effects of jetlag. I even do this for short flights with only an hour or two of time change and also when flying westward – it’s a lifesaver.

2. Take a No-Jet-Lag pill
No-Jet-Lag pills are homeopathic tablets that diminish the symptoms of jet lag. This all-natural remedy is always in my purse when I travel – I take one upon take-off and subsequently one every 2-4 hours. In a past blog post, I wrote about how No-Jet-Lag has really helped me overcome fatigue, irritability and dizziness associated with flying.

Travel essentials: to do's before take-off

3. Locate your essentials
Headphones? Check. Eye mask? Check. Aromatherapy? Check. Gum or mints? Check, check! Lip balm? Check. Oversized scarf/blanket? Check. EReader/paperback? Check. Pen? Check. Keep these essentials close so you can use them throughout the flight without having to go back and forth to the overhead bin (especially the pen for any required paperwork).

4. Add chia seeds to your water
Quickly after take-off, when the flight attendants serve the first round of drinks, opt for water. Fresh water keeps you hydrated and adding chia seeds to your water is really helpful during a flight. These magical little seeds are a great source of antioxidants, fibre and even protein. This means that they’ll support you while flying by keeping you full longer, providing you with natural energy and nutrients. 

5. Your turn!
What are your to do’s (and “to haves”) before take-off?5 To Dos Before Take Off // at happiestwhenexploring.com

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9 Comments

  • Reply Leonie October 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Great Tips 🙂

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring October 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks girl!

  • Reply Ilena October 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    “I will never stop trying to fly, because I’m not convinced that anything is impossible!” – Matt Scoot

    I always look forward to reading the quotes when I open your post in my emails. They are spot on! Thank you.

    I must have my journal because I need to process all the new and wonderful sites, smells, panoramas and thoughts that ‘invade’ my being when travelling. I also write down phone numbers and addresses of family(either my home family or destination family). I find sketching in my journal also helps to process all the experience. And then, even years later, rereading it just brings back the memories at a deeper, more significant level. So, yes, definitely my travel journal.

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring October 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Oh yes <3 a travel journal! A very good tip! I will be bringing one and taking your advice for sure!!

  • Reply Celia October 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    You’re leaving in three days, I’ll definitely miss you!

  • Reply Laura Verbich October 5, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    REALLY great tips! I can’t wait to use these when I leave! Especially the chia water 🙂

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring October 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      YAY! Thank you <3 yes, I'm loving chia water!

  • Reply Jessie D. October 6, 2015 at 3:14 am

    bring chewing gum on the plane for takeoff and chew away to avoid your ears from popping!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring October 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      YES, gum is the bomb.com 😉

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