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Flying between time zones can really throw off a traveler's internal clock, making you feel as though you need to nap right when you arrive at your destination instead of getting out and enjoying the place. While there isn't an official "cure" for jet lag, these suggestions for things you should do before and during the flight will help prevent jet lag from occurring.1. Stay healthy before your trip. Do your best to eat well, get a full night's sleep, and exercise before your trip. A few days before you depart, try to gradually adjust your sleeping and eating schedules to fit with those of your destination. You'll be used to that schedule by the time you arrive at your destination.
2. Stay hydrated. One of the most important items on this list is to stay hydrated while in the air. Try your best to avoid beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine. Instead, drink lots of water or juice to keep hydrated. We suggest drinking a glass of water or juice each hour you're in the air.
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Which hotel is number one for communing with nature? Where can you find the best-looking hotel guests? Our sister company Jetsetter just awarded The 2014 Best of the Best Hotels in categories that matter to you. Trust us; Jetsetter knows what they're talking about when it comes to chic sleeps.
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Hotels will go to extreme measures to ensure their guests have a memorable experience. Aside from the expected amenities, hotels have gone above and beyond with the introduction of specialized butlers.
- Personal Mixologist, The Surrey Hotel, New York City, NY: Why go to the bar when the bar can come to you? The mixologist at The Surrey Hotel offers New York's finest "in-room imbibing." The mixologist will make your first round of drinks and bring additional ingredients for 4-5 other drinks. Don't feel like mixing yourself? Request the service again. Cheers!
- Tanning Butler, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, FL: Yes, you heard us correctly. The tanning butler at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach circles the beautiful pool looking for those in need of SPF. Equipped with Hampton Sun products, sunglasses cleaner, and an Evian spritzer, the butler will make sure you have everything you need for a day in the sun. And let's not stop there—the butler will happily apply your sunscreen for ensured even coverage.
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Nowadays there are plenty of gizmos and gadgets to make our traveling experiences more enjoyable. From Wi-Fi T-shirts to Ostrich Pillows, travel accessories are certainly advancing from the functional to the bizarre. Have these designers gone too far in search of the perfect travel gadget?
- PlaneSheets—Plane seats experience a lot of wear and tear and many times it's difficult to move past their unexplainable stains and dingy appearance. PlaneSheets allow you to experience "clean flying" by putting a clean sheet in between you and the thousands of other travelers who have sat in that seat. Sold in a washable and disposable version, PlaneSheets puts the "personal" back into personal travel.
- Scrubba Wash Bag—The Scrubba Wash Bag is perfect for washing clothes on the go. It's proven to be twice as effective as hand washing: Travelers simply fill the bag with water and a cleaning agent, roll and clip the bag, open and squeeze to expel air, rub against the internal washboard, and rinse.
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If the existing mountain of provided pillows doesn't quite suit your fancy, hotels all over the country offer "pillow menus," which are mindful of travelers with various sleep preferences.