Heading overseas? Don’t waste time feeling tired once you’re there. Just follow these celebrity travel hacks and fight jet lag like an A-lister.
Cocktails, amazing views, good food and sleep-ins. When it comes to vacations, there’s little we don’t like, but if we had to pick something it would definitely be jet lag. After waiting months to finally take your trip, there’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination feeling like a zombie. Even if you’ve mastered the art of sleeping on a plane – or were lucky enough to bag a flight with your own jet lag advisor – adjusting to a time zone can throw even the most seasoned travellers off their game.
If there’s anyone who knows how to step off a plane feeling fresh, though, it’s celebrities. As well as travelling non-stop for work, they also have to look – and feel – their best once they land, and lucky for you, we’ve got the crème de la crème of celebrity travel hacks right here…
Drink ginger like Margot Robbie
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As someone who regularly jet-sets around the world for work, Aussie beauty Margot Robbie knows a thing or two about jet lag. To help regulate her sleep patterns and get her immunity back up to speed, the reformer Pilates lover swears by ginger shots.
“I get immune booster shots [from a juice bar] with ginger and turmeric, and I do genuinely think they help,” she says.
She also rolls the Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy ($33, at Aesop) onto her temples and wrists. “It’s meant to help with jet lag – I don’t know if it does but I like the smell of it so I do it anyway.”
Run like Jennifer Anniston
She’s the queen of self-care Sundays and has one of the most approachable celebrity health routines around, so it makes sense that Jennifer Anniston’s jet lag cure is quick and easy.
“When you land after a long, long flight, go hit the gym and do a 30-minute run,” she tips. “It has worked for me – when I’ve actually had the energy to go and do it!”
She also drinks loads of water and brings her own packed salad so she feels nice and fresh when she lands.
Time your sleep like Liam Hemsworth
How does Chris Hemworth’s bro handle the time shift from LA to Byron? By being strategic with his naps. Speaking to Conde Nast Traveler, the Aussie actor and vegan revealed that the secret to beating fatigue is knowing when – and how long – to sleep.
“Plan your sleep for the flight. Too little or too much will crush you. When you land, depending on what time of day or night it is, exercise definitely helps you acclimate,” he says.
Sip on noni juice like Miranda Kerr
Want skin that glows when you step off the plane? Take a leaf out of Miranda Kerr’s wellness book and down some noni juice. “I drink a lot of water on the flight, and then have noni, which is amazing for jet lag,” she tips. “It’s really great because it has all those vitamins and minerals to help you feel more energised.”
The model and founder of KORA Organics also stays looking – and feeling – her best by removing her make-up as soon as she finds her seat, saying no to booze and by practising deep breathing.
Meditate like Deepak Chopra
The original wellness guru keeps his body clock in check with meditation and intermittent fasting. Speaking to The Telegraph, he explains “I simply don’t get jet lag because I fast and meditate. Both help me to adapt quickly to a new time zone.”
As well as getting his om on and skipping meals, Deepak – a keen yogi – also hits the mat and practices earthing (going barefoot on the ground) as soon as he lands. “It’s a wonderful way to reduce inflammation in the body after a flight and reset your circadian rhythms.”
Adjust your watch like Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness routine might involve more steps than your bank account will allow (think daily supplements, dry body brushing, infrared saunas, facials and acupuncture), but the Goop Founder’s jet lag cure is surprising low-key.
On her site, GP reveals that “Setting your watch to the time zone of your destination when you get on the plane helps mentally prepare you for where you’re going and physically, you begin to act, sleep and eat accordingly, which helps with the jetlag.”
She also recommends hitting the sauna for 30 minutes as soon as you land to sweat out the plane germs.
Skip naps like Jessica Alba
She’s not a fan of the celery juice trend but Jessica Alba can’t get enough of coffee. In fact, it’s what keeps her feeling alert and energised while flying.
“Usually between 3pm and 6pm you’re super tired,” she says. “Coffee is my friend. You kind of have to power through. The worst thing you can do is nap. If you take a nap, it’s really hard to wake up.”
While she’s quick to knock back an espresso once she’s on the ground, the Honest Company founder also recommends drinking coconut water to help counter dehydration. Once she’s feeling energised, she loves to sweat it out with a 30-minute HIIT session.