Our air travel counselors have devoted their careers to helping Nat Hab guests arrange the best ways to get to and from our nature destinations around the world. But they are also experts at making the most of your time in transit. Here are a few of their top tips for staying comfortable in the air and breezing efficiently into your destination on arrival.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Dehydration can worsen jet lag and may cause headaches. Using Natural Habitat’s refillable water bottle is a great way to keep water with you at all times during the flight. If you do run out of water, don’t hesitate to ask the cabin crew for more—they will be happy to oblige.
Download your airline's app. It will provide you with up-to-the minute details regarding the timing of your flight and any gate changes. No smartphone? No problem—sign up for airline text alerts instead. Having this information at your fingertips will ease your transition in airports between flights.
Know your airport codes. Making sure your luggage gets tagged correctly to the right city at check-in can make a difference in getting it successfully to your destination. Check to see whether the 3-letter code on your bag tags matches your intended arrival airport.
Move about the aircraft. Get out of your seat once every hour or so and walk the aisle to stretch your legs, work out kinks and keep your circulation moving. Do be sure the seatbelt sign isn’t illuminated before strolling the cabin, however.
Dress in layers and wear loose clothing. This way, you'll be ready for any temperature changes once on board, which are bound to occur, and you'll stay more comfortable during a long flight.
Adjust to your destination’s time zone. When you board your flight, get a jump start on adjusting your body clock by setting your watch to the local time at your point of arrival, and by eating and sleeping according to the current time at your destination.
Pack earplugs and an eye mask. These two small and simple items can make a big difference in helping you get to sleep by blocking out unwanted noise and light—and doing this will help ease the symptoms of jet lag, too.