Avoiding Jet Lag in Italy

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Our updated tips and advice on for avoiding jet lag in Italy will make your initial arrival more enjoyable and allow you to jump right into your trip.

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Although jet lag is just a fact of life with travel, there are many things you can do to minimize the effects.

Adjust your schedule a few days before departure by trying to go to bed an hour earlier or more (I know, this never works for me either, but can be helpful if traveling with younger children).

Start thinking on local time as soon as you board that plane, set your watch to your destination time as you wait for take off. If you can, avoid sleeping on the plane unless it is nighttime at your destination.

Keep hydrated on the flight. After arrival, this is crucial and you will be surprised at how much better you will feel.

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Avoid alcohol and caffeine. I know, that sounds just down right mean considering where you are going. I settle for a compromise, and avoid both caffeine and alcohol prior to leaving and during the flight (just remember the wine you are about to enjoy is one hundred times better than anything they serve in a bottle, even if it is free!). My first night, I take it easy with my wine at dinner, but there is no way I would miss my morning cappuccino.

Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies both before and after arriving. This should be easy to do once in your destination country. Just head to the morning market, and take your pick.

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Try to exercise and get outside the day before you leave. Once you arrive, do your best to stay awake (only nap if you arrive in the morning and never ever fall asleep in the afternoon). Walking around town and getting as much fresh air as possible will help; sunshine is the ultimate antidote to jet lag.


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