We’ve been proudly sponsoring World Ironman Champion Pete Jacobs for a couple of years now, assisting with all his travel requirements.
Needless to say, his current position as World Ironman Champion has involved a lot of travel, and he’s picked up some tricks along the way. Pete recently shared his Top Travel Tips in 220 Triathlon magazine.
Here’s an excerpt of his top tips, and link to the full article below:
PJ’S TOP TRAVEL TIPS
“I have travelled a lot, and over the years I have learnt some great tricks that make travel easier and help me feel a lot better on arrival.
Firstly, compression socks do help! I’ve taken a one-hour flight without compression and ended up with swollen ankles, then after a short stopover made my way back on-board for 14 hours wearing my BV Sport socks and had normal ankles when the flight was done. It was hard for me to believe at first, but it has happened twice now.
Another tip for travel is packing light to avoid excess baggage costs for the bike. Of course, if you travel domestically and book through Healthwise Active Travel (now Flight Centre Sports & Events) for a Qantas flight, bikes fly free (offer no longer valid). Internationally, if I’m over weight, I put my heaviest items in my carry-on (as long as they aren’t prohibited); if they weigh your carry-on you can just put them in your pockets for a few minutes before putting them back in your bag once you’ve checked in.
The two greatest comforts to me when I fly are antibacterial gel and noise cancelling headphones. The headphones cancel out_noisy passengers and engine noise to allow a better sleep or greater movie enjoyment. The gel helps keeps the germs away and makes travelling less risky in terms of getting sick. It’s also a great home comfort to feel clean.
My best travel tip is about staying hydrated. Carry on a large bottle of water Ð bought after the security screening, of course – and drop Shotz Electrolyte Tabs (or other good quality soluble electrolytes) into the bottle. They taste great, so you drink more, and they have electrolytes to keep your muscles hydrated.
The air in pressurised cabins for international travel is equal or greater to the altitude of Boulder, Colarado (5,280 feet), and much drier. Caffeine and alcohol contribute to dehydration, so avoid both.
I almost always take a bag of raw mixed nuts onboard, too. Inflight food is not the most nutritional or filling, so take something healthy and filling and avoid products high in refined sugar as they will lower your immune system and are bad for your health at any time.”