- Drink lots of water during the days leading up to the flight. The more hydrated, the better. Not only is it good for the complexion, but it will keep me energized and feeling better overall.
- Speaking of complexions, bring soap for washing my face on the plane or at the airport.
- Sleep as much as I can during the flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles. It's difficult with all of the movies and TV shows to watch on the personal TVs, but I need to be well rested by the time I land in the US. One of the key tips to fighting jet lag is staying on schedule wherever you land. In other words, I can't sleep all day when I get to LA. I would never adjust to the current time zone.
- Bring important items in my carry on bag such as a phone charger, change of clothes, toothbrush/toothpaste. Who knows if the airlines will lose my bags?
- Bring warm socks. Qantas usually gives them out, but it's not something I want to risk. If my feet are cold during a long flight, I am miserable.
- Check once, check twice, check three times to make sure that I have my passport and all of my flight information with me
- Buy gum beforehand so that I don't have to spend more money on it at the airport
- Don't eat food that will upset my stomach the day before and the day of flying. To be safe, bring Tums, Rolaids, anything like that
- Bring a bright-colored suitcase. I don't want to spend forever searching for it later. Plus, it's easier to describe in case they lose it.
Ladies and gents, this will be a short one today. I just came back from a mouthwatering dinner at Grumpy and Gramps' house, and I want to try to get some rest before it's too late. The next few days will put a lot of stress on my body and mind.
In under 48 hours, I will start my journey towards Chicago. There will be a lot of stops on the way. The longest leg of my flight will be something like 16 hours. In addition to spending a great deal of time on planes and sitting around airports, I am going into a completely different time zone. Do you know the time difference between Adelaide and Chicago? Right now, it's 15.5 hours. I'm also spending a day in Los Angeles, and that time difference is even greater.
Here is a check list for me that will help make my journey home more pleasant. This is my third time making the trip back, so I have some learning experience.
Again, these are all things I have learned from experience. I also hope that I remember to pack. I always have nightmares before I go away somewhere that I forget to pack a suitcase and show up at my destination with nothing. At least I still have a lot of clothes at home.
ABOUT jennifer Martin, MS, RD, LDN
I am a Chicago-based Registered Dietitian working primarily in Acute Clinical Care. I started this blog in 2010, before I even knew that I wanted to be an RD! Now, as an active dietitian, this blog will become part of my life again. Read about my current healthy habits, but please peruse my old posts (from 2014 and before) to read about life as an RD student and my previous years in Australia!