Site logo

--- Advertisement ---

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Helping the Family Recover from Jet Lag

When you’re taking an overseas flight with little ones, whether you are going on holiday or returning home, it’s normal to worry about the impact of jet lag. Even a few hours’ time difference can unsettle everyone’s routine. But while it’s not possible to avoid, there are certain tactics you can use to improve how you all feel in the days after your flight.

1. Get a good night’s sleep before the flight

For most families, there’s no escaping the fact that sleeping on a plane is a challenge. So make sure everyone is tucked up in bed as early as possible the night before. Bring your evening mealtime forward an hour or so, and limit exposure to electronic devices before bedtime to help you and the children wind down more easily.

2. Choose your flight time carefully

Ideally, aim to take a late afternoon or evening flight. It’ll make it easier for you persuade your kids it’s bedtime, and you’ll also have more chance of getting a good few hours’ sleep yourself.

3. Stick to a routine

If possible, try to stick to your child’s usual nightly routine on the flight. Bring along their bedtime books, blankets, or any cuddly toys that settle them down. Get them dressed into their pajamas, sing them their favorite lullabies, and stick to any other nighttime routines that help them relax before bed.

4. Sleep when your child sleeps

When your little one nods off, it might be tempting to enjoy a drink while getting stuck into a good in-flight movie. But the best advice is that when your child sleeps, so should you. Even if it’s early in the evening, it’s a good idea to grab a few hours shut-eye. That way, you’ll at least be well rested if they do wake up in the night.

5. Pack healthy snacks

Some of the meals on flights can be heavily spiced, so it’s good to have lots of healthy snacks in reserve. Pack plenty of fruit, veggies, and any other snacks you know your little ones like. A hungry child is much less likely to sleep, so keeping them well fed is a big ingredient when it comes to warding off jet lag.

6. Get plenty of sunshine

Once you arrive at your destination, try to get everyone out in the sunshine. Our internal body clock is regulated by exposure to daylight, so a short time in the sun can help your family adjust. If the thought of anything other than bed sounds exhausting, at least aim for a short stroll around the block.

7. Plan an easy first few days

It may take you and the kids a few days to recoup after a long flight, so keep the days relatively free of exertion. Instead of racing to the beach or heading out on excursions,, you might just want to relax or watch TV in bed before a long and lazy breakfast. Taking the time to refresh will give you all the energy to beat jet lag!

Register your email address here and we’ll notify you when a new article gets uploaded.

Pssst... like what you're reading?

Join our community and never miss an event, post or update!

Just enter your email address below:

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Follow Us!

Upcoming Events

Little Footsteps – Ready for School

Little Footsteps 8 Srinagarindra 62 Alley, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok, Thailand

  “Little Footsteps” is excited to announce that we are adding one more day to our "Ready for School" playgroup. It is now every Thursday and Friday !!! We loved […]

Please Contact

Playmondo – Celebrate Friendship Day

Playmondo 2nd Floor, 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan,, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Celebrate Friendship Day with a special workshop at Playmondo! Kids can reminisce about the good times with friends or invite their friends to join in the fun workshops. These activities […]

Please Contact

Playsquare Laser Tag – Private Laser Tag

CentralWorld 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan,, Bangkok, Thailand

Unleash the Fun with Our Private Package at CentralWorld! ⁣⁣Invite your friends and join the fun! Enjoy an exclusive private Laser Tag experience just for you and your friends.⁣⁣Monday - Thursday:⁣⁣- […]

฿16000 – ฿20000

Arcadia Academy – Fairies and Elves

Arcadia Academy The Marketplace Nanglinchee, 3FL 304 Nanlinchee Rd, Chong Nonsi, Yannawa, Bangkok,, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Fairies and Elves Crafting fairy wings and elf hats while engaging in whimsical cooking projects from an enchanted forest. Where Little Hands Create, Cook, and Cultivate Confidence Join us at […]

Please Contact

Top Flight Bangkok – LA & Vegas Hoops Experience 2024

TopFlightBangkok 84/6 Sai Noi-Ton Chueak Road Khlong Kwang Subdistrict, Sai Noi District Nonthaburi, Nonthaburi, Thailand

LA & Vegas Hoops Experience 2024! Different to other years of our trip this year our players will also be able to witness the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. […]

Please Contact
Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe To Our Weekly Newsletter

Get the latest kid and family-friendly activities and events in your inbox every Thursday! No spam, guaranteed.

More information

Recent Posts

Summer camp cover of children running

Summer Camps for Kids in Bangkok

By popular demand our full list of summer camps is back! All kids love a holiday camp, they spend most of the year going from home to school to extracurricular

2 girls showing a first day of year 4 sign

Eco Warriors at St. Andrews Dusit

We at St. Andrews International School Dusit, believe our guiding statement is to be, ‘the happiest community empowering every individual to achieve outstanding growth’ and this permeates the Dusit culture.


The Best Kids Cafes In Bangkok

Thailand loves food and loves kids so when you put both together in a kids themed cafe it makes for a perfect partnership. Many of us have been in a