How to avoid jet lag - even on the longest flight in the world

Qantas made history this week when its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight completed the epic 10,066-mile journey from New York to Sydney in 19 hours and 16 minutes. Staying fresh while in the air has never been more important! 

Whether you’re transiting for business or pleasure, there’s one thing that plagues every long-haul traveller: the dreaded prospect of jetlag. Sadly you can’t eliminate it all together but there are steps you can take to make it a little less painful. Step #1 is obviously taking a Cloud Nine Global Signature pack with you on board, and they're filled with everything you need to arrive at the other end feeling great, from a ear plugs and a pure silk eye mask to help you sleep ever so sweetly, to the very best moisturiser for long haul travel, plus so much more.

At Cloud Nine Global, we work with a brainstrust of frequent fliers to identify and help minimise the trickiest aspects of travel. Using their combined genius, and our own know-how, we’ve put together this mini guide for keeping jetlag at bay:

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

The best thing you can do to stay feeling as fresh as possible after 20 hours at high altitude is to replace as much moisture in your body as possible. Buy two big bottles of water after passing through airport security. Tip a whole sachet of Hydralyte Electrolyte Powder into one bottle and give it a good swish to dissolve. We love the Apple and Blackcurrant flavour and include a couple in The Signature packs. We recommend drinking this bottle as early in your journey as possible. Then sip constantly from a second bottle of water you’ve brought with you and ask the flight staff for refills or refill yourself using one of the water stations on the plane. You’ll be making a lot of trips to the loo, but we promise it will be worth it! And all of the experts tell you to avoid alcohol when flying as it dehydrates you – but realistically if you do enjoy a little splash just make sure you don’t overindulge.

  1. Smother yourself in freshness

Lots of good quality moisturiser is essential to avoid feeling like a dried prune at the end of the journey. Think face oil, hand cream and (for extra sparkle) regular spritzes of a zesty hydrating mist. We love the products from The Jojoba Company and include them in our packs. They’re totally natural and full of good things like vitamins and antioxidants. For the blokes, we have great products from Native Man for a quick mid-air shave and freshen up. Finish off with some lip balm and Bion Tears eye drops and you’re good to go.

  1. Map out your flight eating and sleeping plan

Our CEO Kate Lalak is passionate about creating and sticking to a plan when travelling - and she regularly does long haul travel and stays totally jet lag-free, so we know she knows her stuff! Being mindful about how you sleep and eat on a flight can make all the difference to making sure you make it to the other side feeling human. Avoid heavy food and alcohol, and always plan your sleeping times with your destination in mind.

  1. Get as much sunshine at the end

Once you arrive, try to adjust to the new time zone as quickly as possible. Melatonin can help adjust at sleep time, but it’s also crucial to get out and soak up as much daylight as possible during the day to let your body know it’s time to be awake.