Hey guys, this post is for anyone travelling to Brazil for BJJ. The video covers what to do on the plane to prevent jet lag. Last year I traveled to Brazil. I stayed at Connection Rio and trained at Gordo Jiu Jitsu. I used these BJJ travel hacks to to eliminate jet lag and get on the mats straight away!
You don’t want to lose a few days of BJJ training. Have a plan so that you can jump straight on the mat off the plane.
Here’s a summary of the video:
You can take Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Lysine. All of these will help boost your immune system so that you don’t catch a cold on the flight.
A lot of people forget this. The air on the plane is very dehydrating. Aim for 1 cup of water every hour you’re awake.
You will be ridiculously stiff and sore after your plane flight if you don’t move around. Prioritise loosening up your calves, hamstrings, gluts, back and neck. I’ll go through a set of stretches you can do on the plane and once you arrive in Brazil in a future post.
From personal experience if I don’t get at least 6 hours of sleep a night I’m wrecked the next day. Everybody is different and require different amounts of sleep. But if your trip (including stop overs) is 35+ hours and you don’t sleep, you’ll be a mess for the first few days in Brazil. This is common sense; make sure you have ear plugs and a face mask.
If you eat crap food you will be more likely to catch a cold and get jet lag. Eat a balanced diet, give your body the nutrients it needs to fight off infection and jet lag.
All of the above are aiming to boost your immune system so that you can avoid jet lag. Accept that long flights increase your risk of getting sick and plan to minimise this. I’d hate to waste 2-3 days of my 2 week trip to Brazil because I’m jet lagged.
More BJJ Travel Hacks blog posts are on their way. If you are interested in traveling and training in Brazil check out Connection Rio. Talk to Dennis and he will organise everything for you.