This post is sponsored by Hydralyte
No matter how excited you are about going on a holiday, flying long haul is hard work and even harder if you have a baby, toddler and/or kids in tow.
So what can you do to help you feel a little bit fresher on arrival?
Choose Flights Times with Care
If you have a choice when booking your flight, choose a flight that will have you arriving in the late afternoon/early evening of your destination’s time zone.
This will provide you with enough time to check into your chosen family accommodation, look for somewhere to eat and then have an early night.
Which should result in you waking up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Prepare the Kids
Tell your kids what to expect from the flight, how long the flight will be (in terms they understand) and that they will need to stay in their seat.
If they are a bit older talk about some of the activities you have for them (keep some as a surprise) and what entertainment will be provided on the plane.
Dress them in PJ’s when it is night-time during the flight and encourage them to sleep. Even if you don’t sleep during the flight, having well-rested kids will take some pressure off on arrival.
Pack Sensible Hand Luggage
So far in your packed hand luggage you have the kids PJ’s and activities. Don’t forget to add your kids favourite snacks (in case they don’t like the food on board) and of course their favourite snuggle friend.
You may also want to add some Fess (a saline solution) that not only clears blocked noses but apparently also help reduce the symptoms of changing cabin pressure. Use the children’s or baby version for the kids or the frequent flyer version for adults, 30 minutes prior to take off to help equalise the kids ears.
Please let me know how this goes as I haven’t tried using Fess for this before.
Don’t forget yourself when packing your hand luggage. Maybe pack one of those neck pillows, take something to read – you may not want to watch movies the entire flight, and wear comfortable clothing (I cannot stress this one enough).
I have talked about catching colds while travelling before so boost your immunity with a vitamin tablet like Frequent Flyer Health Boost. This tablet has vitamin C, Zinc and Echinacea to help boost your immune system and improve your chances to ward off a cold.
Accept You Will Be Tired and Dehydrated
Look there is no getting around it you will be tired and a bit dehydrated from the flight no matter how much you have prepared yourself and the kids.
To help ease that tired feeling on arrival refresh eyes with something like Murine Eye Mist that you can easily spray onto closed eyes. It will help to moisturise and refresh your eyes to cope with the next stage of your journey.
Once you arrive at your accommodation re-hydrate your body with some Hydralyte that comes in 3 flavours (Orange, apple blackcurrent or lemon lime). Hydralyte is also really handy to have packed in your travel medical kit in case of stomach upsets.
Switch to Local Time
I find the best way to get over jet lag from long haul flights is to accept the local time the moment you arrive if not during the flight.
This is one of the reasons I suggest arriving in the late afternoon. I am usually really tired from the flight and am happy to go to sleep a few hours after arriving. This means when I wake in the morning my body clock has switched over.
If I have taken an overnight flight and arrived early in the morning I am extremely tired and drag myself around until I can get into my hotel room in the afternoon to have a short nap – the trick is not to sleep too long or you’ll never get to sleep that night.
Oh you don’t want to lose another precious day of your holiday feeling tired.
What are your tips for long haul flights?
- DISCLOSURE: This post was sponsored by Hyratlyte