I am travelling to China from USA, then visiting 4 cities in 10 days, mostly by plane and night train. I know there have been many posts similar to this, but I want to go more in depth in how to prevent exhaustion during constant travel.
I am travelling from USA to China via 4 flights, and then visiting 4 cities in China and then coming back to USA all in 10 days
There are many good ask mefi questions and resources on similar topics, but nothing exactly what I want. I have had extreme exhaustion, and jetlag so bad that I was severely depressed for weeks before. I want to avoid that.
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melatonin/fasting for jetlag on ask mefi
Even when there is no jetlag involved, sitting in a car, or train, or bus all day is exhausting, why exactly is it exhausting? how can I negate the exhaustion? I can sit at home in my computer chair watching youtube videos all day and not feel exhausted, so why do I feel exhausted sitting in a bus all day? Exercise, bathing, drinking lots of water, sunlight, and noise cancelling headphones are supposed to help. What are the factors that generally cause travel exhaustion? What are the Hidden factors? and what is order of importance?
Eat/sleep/bathroom at abnormal times?
lack of sleep
lack of exercise
lack of sunshine/being outdoors?
stress/lack of comfort/lack of normal routine?
I figure the more I can mitigate all of the above, the less exhausted/jetlagged I'll be
I have traveled a lot, here is a list of the things I'm planning:
Get tons of extra sleep before I leave, because I'll be at a deficit in the future
Set my watch when I get on the airplane to the time zone where I'm arriving,
Don't drink the free alcohol
Bring an empty bottle for water refills (considering also bringing gatorade packets for electrolytes?)
I ordered a vegan special meal.
I have prepared soft music, podcasts, and movies
I dress comfortable and layered,
Toothbrush, moisturizing lotion, fresh underwear, socks, lip balm
Bringing subway sandwich and cold pizza
I got an aisle seat for walking a ton
Noise cancelling headphones, extra batteries, and airplane adapter
a dead tree paper book for takeoff/landing
a power strip for charging at airports
compression socks to avoid DVT and keep feet unswollen
Immodium AD just in case
xanax script from doc
a small blanket for Sleeping in airports .net
a washcloth for bathroom "shower"
I intend to spend half of my air travel walking around or standing, or stretching, doing pushups and situps in the aisle on the plane(is that a bad idea?) I had hamstring surgery recently and I am supposed to avoid prolonged sitting.
I will take xanax when it's time for me to sleep, and I will fast at appropriate times to avoid jetlag. I will give myself a "shower" in the airplane bathroom before going to sleep, and I will wear active noise cancelling headphones for 95% of the flight and train travel. I will constantly drink water, and put moisturizer and lip balm on
I will get sunshine at appropriate hours, and eat meals at appropriate times while travelling. I will be sleeping in hotels with private bathroom, and might get stuck in an airport I imagine.
Any and all help, tips, advice, websites and questions are appreciated.