Travel tip: 5 ways to minimize jet lag


Jet lag-the dread of every traveler (that and Montezuma Revenge). You’ve landed in Paris all excited to start your sightseeing only to be dead tired and unable to move. I’ve been there. I really struggle with jet lag so here are five things I do to help minimize the effects.

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1.) Don’t nap. By far the hardest thing to not do but napping will make the adjustment longer especially if you can’t fall asleep that first night. The sooner you can adjust, the better you will feel and the more you can enjoy your trip. Do, however, call it an early night so your body has time to fully rest and be ready for the next day. I usually try to stay up until at least 9pm before hitting the sheets.

2.) Get on the dining schedule as soon as possible. One of the best things to do is get on the same eating timetable as your area. If you are traveling to Paris from the United States, you’ll likely have an early morning arrival which makes it a bit easier to do this. It is unlikely you will be full from that gourmet breakfast you were served in-flight (HA!) so as soon as you settle in, try to eat lunch around lunch time. Then, dinner around dinner time. While I never make it to the late dinner hour of Paris that first night, I usually try to eat dinner somewhere around 6 or 7pm. It sounds so simple (and obvious) but it really helps to get your body clock reset.

3.) Just keep moving. Luckily, Paris is a walking city so this is easy to do but you’ll want take it easy that first day. If your visit is short and you need to maximize every minute you have in the city, I recommend visiting the Tuileries Gardens and the Champs Elysee. It is an easy walk and you can see not only the Champs Elysee but also the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and the beauty of the Tuileries. I do not recommend taking a tour bus…one time I did that and basically slept through the whole thing. By moving around, you will keep yourself awake as well as get those cooped up muscles moving.

4.) Drink lots of water. Keeping hydrated really does help refresh you. It is amazing how dehydrated you can get on an airplane even if you are drinking lots of water in-flight. Sipping (or in my case, gulping) lots of water just keeps the body going. If you aren’t going to carry a bottle of water with you, carry a collapsible cup and grab water from one of the Wallace fountains. Yes, the water is perfectly fine to drink according to L’eau de Paris. Although, some of the locals may look at you funny. Once you know what you are looking for, you’ll see them all over Paris.


Wallace Fountain of Paris

5.) Pop a bit of peppermint. I’m a huge essential oils user and one of my favorite things to carry with me is Doterra peppermint beadlets. Fair warning – these babies are REALLY strong! Think Altoids on steroids. But, they are a great pick me up – sort of how brushing your teeth with minty toothpaste perks you up. I’ll pop one or two in my mouth every few hours when I feel like I’m starting to fade. They are also great for freshening your breath and settling your stomach. (FDA Disclaimer:  The information, advice, statements, and testimonials made about the essential oils, blends, and products mentioned on this website have NOT been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The information on this site and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor are they intended to replace proper medical help. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any regimen with essential oils.  My testimonial is based on my individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results – what works for one may not work for another.).

Those are the five main things I do to help minimize jet lag. What do you do to minimize jet lag?

Bises (kisses),


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11 thoughts on “Travel tip: 5 ways to minimize jet lag

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  2. Great tips here, I definitely agree with not napping – I find if I do, that just wipes me out! I’ve never heard of using peppermint though! That sounds like a better idea than coffee. I don’t have many tips because I suffer terribly with it – I do find after 2 days I am back to myself though! Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes
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    • I get jet lag terribly but I do all these things and I’m pretty good the next day. Even better day 2!

  3. Awesome tips!! I can’t sleep on planes anyways 🙁
    I always try to drink lots of water, especially when I’m going on a diving trip that you need to be hydrated… but just the thought of going the bathroom on board all the time, I hate it hahaha

    😀 thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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    • Yes, fresh air and walking about really help. The hardest thing to do is not take a nap!

    • Thanks Kate. Traveling with two preschoolers will be an adventure! The peppermint beadlets are way too strong for preschools though.

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