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Here at ACFEA we are all aware of the less-glamorous sides to travel: jet lag and the dreaded packing! Eleanor Etherington, one of our experienced tour managers, has travelled more than most and here shares her top tips for beating jet lag and minimising your packing stress
Beating Jet Lag
- Make sure you're well stocked up with healthy snacks (nuts and cereal bars are good) and plenty of water
- Keep snacking and drinking throughout the journey! It keeps energy up and can help curb travel sickness, essential if you're spending many hours travelling and are experiencing a whole new country and culture for the first time.
- Try and adapt to the new clock as fast as possible - don't be tempted to stay up until 3am just because you feel ok, as it'll take way longer to get comfortable with your new time zone.
- Changing to destination time on your watch before you take off!
- Take a big wrap or scarf for wrapping around yourself in a plane or on a coach. This keeps you warm and snug and keeps light and sound out, all helping you rest during long travel schedules.
Minimising Packing Stress
- Try to limit your clothes packing to one outfit per day, plus one 'posh frock', plus your performing gear.
- Packing 17 tops for a week long trip will likely have you lugging a load of clean stuff all round your itinerary and then home again! (We've all been there!!)
- You get through less clothing than you may think and worst comes to worst, you can use the hotel’s laundry service while on tour
- Keep liquids to a minimum, use travel bottles (up to 100ml) where possible instead of bringing full size toiletries, and double up if you can (for example 2 in 1 shampoo conditioner, and moisturiser with a decent SPF).
- I never travel without a scarf (see above!)
- I always pack in a standard carry-on size suitcase, whether or not I'm checking it in, to remind myself I don't need to take the kitchen sink!