It is so important to stay well hydrated when flying. The inside of airplanes are dry which can make your skin dry out. Alcohol, coffee and black tea are going to dehydrate you when flying so try and avoid these beverages. I try and pack a drink bottle on long haul flights and ask a flight attendant to fill it up for me so I can sip on this and I don’t have to keep asking for cups of water.
Alcohol is one of the chief factors that can worsen jet lag. Many people drink it during a flight to help them relax and fall asleep but excessive alcohol magnifies jet lag symptoms and the effects of drinking are increased due to the high altitude. If you do have a drink during a flight, aim to increase your water intake to avoid dehydration.
Sunshine inhibits melatonin production, this is the hormone that makes you feel sleepy. Try and sit in the sun when you arrive to your destination, this will help your body reset its natural body clock.
If you are having trouble sleeping because of the sunlight on the plane, try and avoid taking sleeping pills as they can make your body even more confused. Pack an eye mask and ear plugs and close the window shutter to darken your seating area. Watch a movie or read a book to help you relax.
Easier said than done. But a long haul flight can really take its toll on your body and it will take a couple of days for you to recover. Try and plan two days for relaxation time if you can. This will ensure your body can adjust to the new time zone and give you enough time to catch up on any sleep you may have missed out on.
One of the big factors that puts me off travelling right now is having to deal with Maxwell's jetlag on top of my own. It’s definitely not easy. However, if jetlag means you are flying across the world to build lasting memories with your family, it is worth it. Trust me.
Babies ears are super sensitive when flying as they cannot intentionally pop them like adults can due to the high altitude. If they are being breastfed or sucking on a bottle or dummy, their ears can pop due to them swallowing. If you are still breastfeeding, aim to put your baby on the boob during take-off and landing to avoid them getting sore ears. If you are bottle feeding them, have a bottle ready.
It is important to contact the airline ahead of time to find out what their luggage policies are when flying with babies and children. Some allow you to take a car seat and stroller at no extra charge as well as a big diaper bag. If you have booked an infant seat, always double check with the airline when you are checking in that you have a seat with a bassinet.
When I flew last month I had a longer stop over as planned which meant I went through more changes of clothes and nappies. By the end of my second flight Max was down to her last onesie and nappy, if the flight was an hour longer it would have been a disaster. So my advice is - pack a few more of everything in case your fight is delayed.