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Flight to New Zealand

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:34 am
by Charlie
I've been invited by the World Service to take part in recording two programems of live performances by some of the artists appearing at WOMAD New Zealand in New Plymouth, on the weekend of March 11th through 13th.

I view the prospects of jet lag after a 24-hour flight with trepidation.

Some people recommend taking sleeping pills on the flight. I've never taken them, and view them with suspicion. Any advice?

Any other hints on how to stave off that wall of tiredeness that you hit, when 12 hours out of sync?


PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:27 pm
by Tom McPhillips
As a frequent US-Japan traveller I can offer the following...

As soon as you get on the plane set your watch to and tell yourself the time at your destination - this immediately helps your brain start to sort out what your body should be doing during the flight. You should try to get your body to start doing what it would at the destination...

I bring my i-pod, several books, some work, magazines and movies - as much as poss because if you limit yourself it's a good bet that you won't feel like doing whatever you thought you were going to enjoy or set yourself to do.

This the moment to break out the Terry Pratchett you'd been saving up for a trip like this.

Pills are weird - they just don't deal with the time lag and you never feel fresh after sleep --

If you take anything a couple of tylenol- that'll make you a little more drowsy.

Wear soft loose clothing and layers - flights often start cold and get too hot - I bring CLIF bars to eat in case I hate the food and gatorade powder to mix with the water - it helps to rehydrate and makes it more palatable to drink more - the more water you drink (within reason) the more likely you can beat jet lag.

When you get there - and here the novelty will help - adrenaline is your friend. And try not to sleep until you absolutely have to - go out for dinner - don't collapse in the hotel - try not to sleep before at least 9 or 10 pm the first day.

And then there's marmalade - when you're really sleepy - marmalade is such a morning thing that it tricks your body into believing that it really is morning!

my 2¢....

Have a great trip!

jet lag

PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:08 pm
by Charlie in NZ
I left before I had time to read Tom's helpful comments, but I did manage to stay awake until 9.00 last night and feel OK so far at 10 in the morning in Auckland.

No music experiences yet, but I had good fun taking a public bus from the airport hotel into the middle of town.

As the only passenger on a bus which could take 45 people, I got chatting to the driver (called Garth) who diverted off his proper route in order to drop me outside a record shop. Now when did that last happen to you in London?