Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:37 PM
I tried a search and I couldn't find anything posted
I've dived the Carribean for many years mainly because it was relatively close to the East coast and a short flight. I realize now that if I don't plan a trip to the south pacific or Indonesia, or Wakatobi soon, I may never get there.
I'm worried about jet lag and setting up a large camera rig without making stupid mistakes because of fatigue. (been there done that!)
What do you folks do to combat jet lag after a 20+hour trip?
Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:12 PM
It helps me to try and get used to the hours at the location, so from the east coast to the pacific its a 12 hour difference (give or take). I try to stay up the night before the flight and sleep little in the first flight to the west coast. Watching movies that you have held out on seeing and are generally interested in helps. I also pack a small toiletry bag with eye shades, ear plugs, soap etc. A friend of mine has the Bose QC15's and swears by them.
On the long haul flight I pop a sleeping pill and sleep through most of the flight.
When you get to your destination, its very important to not go to sleep. Plan an activity (preferably diving) and get to it. Even with plenty of rest the flight wears on people. So stay awake and active.
As for the camera, I pre-grease the o-rings and set them in ziplock bags. Also carry q-tips, paper etc. I make a checklist with a step by step set up process and follow it to the letter. Give yourself enough time and space during set up. Most importantly, do not preoccupy yourself by talking with someone or stopping midway.
This is my usual ritual and its worked on several transcontinental trips.
Hope this helps,
Edited by drako, 14 January 2012 - 03:12 PM.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:24 PM
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:20 PM
Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:43 PM
If it is so easy every one would be doing it!
Nikon D 7000, Subal Housing, Inon Z 240 strobes.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 12:23 PM
I try to adjust to the destination time zone, at least partially, before flying out. My trips are normally 9 time zones west, to I attempt to adjust my sleeping patterns 4-5 hours. On the flight, I wear noise cancelling headphones, ones that cover the ear, as they are more effective. Sometimes I play music, sometimes not. I take two benadryl before the plane takes off, an anti-histamine, but also helps to sleep, which I try to do on the first leg, about 12-14 hr flight. I wear a nice sleep mask I got at REI. I tend to be awake on the second leg, 2-5 hrs. When I get to my destination [say Bali], I allow for 1-2 days down time, eat, sleep, walk around, etc. I don't touch my camera. Often, it's an other short trip to where I'll be staying and diving, [like Tulamben, Manado, Wakatobi, Ambon]. When I get there, it's camera assembly time.
I've a fairly big system, over-sized housing, 2 strobes, 2 large lights for illumination, plus a few extra things. I make sure everything is checked, cleaned and prepped before the trip. If o-rings have to be removed, like for the housing and strobes, I put in plastic bags and stick in the housing/strobe. I keep a checklist for everything I need to do to complete setup. The housing also has labels inside to remind me of settings and what to check, like o-rings. I assume I'll be half brain dead, and try to leave nothing to chance. Before diving, I check the setup in the pool or rinse tank. A salt-water environment is not the place to find a leak. The first dive, I pay special attention to the setup, looking for leaks. I also carry a spare camera and lens, just in case. As my diving is oriented towards photography, a malfunction is a disaster.
If your system is relatively new, practice disassembly, reassembly before the trip. Pack any tools you use, plus extra key o-rings, like for the housing. Assuming digital, make sure you make at least 2 copies of everything you shoot. Use separate drives.
I tend to be a bit obsessive about all this, and have encountered numerous camera problems on trips, including a camera that simply quit working, but nothing that has caused me to lose a full day of shooting. I'm also 60+ and the flights and time change sometimes hit me pretty hard, and I pace things accordingly. Some people adjust easily to the trips, off the plane and ready to dive. Not me.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 03:30 PM
I change the clock to the new location and start eating/sleeping on that schedule as soon as possible.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:28 PM
Fatigue you will create by missing sleep. JetLag occirs as you transfer time zones. For most people the general rule of recovery is it will take a day per time zone .. so 12 hours difference technically will take you 12 days .. spending time before travel adapting to the new time zone can help, ie altering sleep and eating patterns.
I personally cannot sleep on airplanes .. so I tend to arrive tired. I stay awake until the local time brings me to night time. I also still like to hydrate as much as possible during travel but then have some nice drinks that evening to ensure a good nights sleep.
My worst symptoms are often first stomach orientated and then insomnia .. which is odd as I get more tired.
Dive Nitrox the o2 will help .. and f you can bribe the dive staff to let you take some hits of o2 when you do a morning dive that will perk you up for sure
I think everyone comes up with their own solution. I always travel with eye drops which at least makes my eyes look good when i land !
Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:21 AM
My standard strategy is to stay active and awake in the local time zone of my destination when I first arrive. Don't do anything that is going to lull you to sleep. No museums, big lunches, dinners, or drinking. Instead go for a hike or walking tour of the area. As long as I keep moving I don't get sleepy or tired. Once it is a respectable evening hour then you can crash. I usually am just fine for the rest of the trip.
Posted 29 January 2012 - 07:34 AM
Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:52 AM
Otherwise, if I can, I do a Cor and arrive earlier and acclimatize.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 01:23 PM
* on the Plane:
1) Try to sleep. Whatever works for you! I prefer Beer :-)
2) Don't watch that extra movie, rent it at home instead!
* on arrival:
1) Stay awake until the evening.
2) Some sort of moderate physical activity gets my body back-on-track, after a long haul.
Nikon D800, Nikon 60, 105, 16-35, Sigma 15, Nauticam D800, Zen 230mm, Subsee +5 & +10, 2*INON Z240
Posted 31 January 2012 - 01:54 AM
For assembilng cameras i do it in time before the dive and take my time and have peace and quiet... if i miss the first dive then so be it.
and then it is dive-dive-dive-dinner-beer-sleep...(repeat!)
Nikon D90 Aquatica housing, nikkor 60mm, ,105VR mm, 18-70mm, 17-55mm, 10.5mm FE, 15mm FE, 10-20mm.
Inon strobes, TLC arms.
Posted 01 February 2012 - 05:28 AM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:02 AM
1) Get your sleep schedule to your destination time zone as quickly as possible. This usually means staying awake an extra half day on the way there.
2) Melatonin. Here's a cut a paste of the routine:
Here's the melatonin regime. About 5 days before departure take 3 mg melatonin at the time you want to sleep at your destination. If you're going to Bali from TX that means you'd take it 9-10AM to sleep 9-10 PM in Indo. Do this for 5 days before and 5 days after arrival. Then about 5 days before departure, start the melatonin again, taking it at the time you want to sleep at your home destination.
3) Assemble your camera when you are well rested, regardless of what time of day it is (preferably during daylight).
I usually have no problem once I begin the dive routine.
The melatonin regimen was given to me because I struggle with jet lag. It's always worse coming back. I have trouble sleeping on planes, even with drugs like Ambien, Advil PM, or Lunesta.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 12:16 PM
I find the old standby Halcion to be far more effective for a good 6-8 hour sleep than Ambien or the others. Also not associated with weird sleepwalking behavior.
Book long flights overnight, so not traveling long distances during the day, pop a Halcion, lots of fluids, maybe sneak a glass of red wine, and I'm golden.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 02:47 PM
I've done a few trips across time zones and I think you get used to it after a while. When you get to your destination just force yourself to adjust to the time zone. Go to bed at your normal time and get up at your normal time, just fight the craving to sleep during the day as it is a temporary feeling and will go away... if you cant sleep at night, you obviously did not drink enough!!!
Edited by johnjvv, 02 February 2012 - 02:50 PM.