​How to Beat Jet Lag Before it Happens

What is jet lag exactly?

Well, jet lag or jet lag disorder is a really not-fun consequence of taking long-haul flights. Our bodies struggle when crossing time zones because they’re already accustomed to a certain sleep-wake cycle. This is a result of a disturbed circadian rhythm that throws your internal clock off balance. Other functions such as hunger and bowel movements will take time to catch up to the local time at your new destination. The more time zones you cross, the worse jet lag can get. If possible, try to avoid back to back flights that cross multiple time zones. It’ll ease up your jet lag symptoms (being on a plane for that long wouldn’t be ideal anyway. You’ll thank us later).

Some jet lag symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia or sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Changes in mood

Traveling is fun, but the jet lag is seriously something we can do without–wait, that was an option? Yep. It’s actually really easy to avoid jet lag or travel fatigue! The factors leading to this symptom is primarily sleep-deprivation or dehydration. Chances are being sleep-deprived means you’re gonna have a rough go at it because your body clock hasn’t fully adjusted. By taking steps ahead of time to adjust your body clock, you just might be able to successfully beat jet lag.

Tips for Avoiding Jet Lag

  1. Plan ahead
    Do you sleep well on planes? If so, choose a red-eye flight where you’ll be able to catch a good night’s rest before arriving at your destination–refreshed and awake for daylight. If not, choose a flight where you will land closer to the evening at your new destination so you can sleep when you arrive. This will help you reset for the first day you arrive. If it’s your first time flying on a long-distance flight, you should probably stay away from red-eye’s until you know for sure if you’re able to sleep on a plane. It should be easier to stay awake on a plane than to fall asleep, so you can gauge for your future trips after trying it out the first time. Sleep deprivation plays a huge role in one’s jet lag symptoms. Unless you have unlimited PTO, you’ve probably already planned something on the itinerary for the moment you land to maximize your time. If it’s possible, try to schedule your flight a day before you have any activities to attend. If you weren’t able to adjust to your new time zone upon arrival, at least you have the breathing room to catch some sleep and be awake for your adventures the following day. When selecting your seat, you can also try to find a window seat where you won’t be disturbed when you’re trying to rest.
  2. Adjust your sleep schedule ahead of time
    Start a few days before your trip, either sleeping a little earlier if your new location is behind on time or sleeping later if it’s ahead. Your new schedule will help you get acclimated to the new destination time. Your biological clock will thank you. Tip: set your watch to local time at your destination. That way, it’ll be easier to close the gap of time to your new sleep schedule. If you have a hard time sleeping earlier, melatonin may be a good option to help you. Be sure to follow instructions for use beforehand and look for the words “non-habit-forming” on the label. If melatonin works for you, you can even bring it along on your trip to aid in getting your body clock on schedule. Avoid taking other over-the-counter “jet lag cures”–some can actually make symptoms worse and don’t agree with cabin pressure.
  3. Don’t nap longer than 30 minutes on ‘daytime’ flights
    If you’re taking a flight when it’s daytime at your new destination, try not to nap for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Doing this will prevent you from restlessness later when you land and it’s nighttime at your new time zone.
  4. Avoid drinking coffee, tea, or alcohol.
    We know, this can be hard, especially when you’re working on a flight or if you’re on vacation, but caffeine and alcohol are known as diuretics, which means they’ll actually dehydrate you–resulting in grogginess and sometimes even headaches.
  5. Drink lots of water
    Experts recommend drinking 6-8 oz of water per hour of flight to deter jet lag symptoms.
    We mean it. Even though it may seem like a hassle to constantly need to use the restroom, it’s a small price to pay for staying hydrated and diminishing the effects of jet lag.
  6. Take an empty reusable water bottle with you.
    Once you pass TSA, you can fill it up at a water fountain. Questionable water? Swap your regular water bottle for the LARQ self-cleaning water bottle so you always have clean water at your fingertips.
  7. Take walks
    Turns out, getting up to go the restroom more often will benefit you here! Taking walks–even if they’re short–can help improve circulation. Your body will thank you.

So you see, it’s easy to travel without the dreaded effects of jet lag. Try these simple methods to avoid travel fatigue, so you can not only survive a long flight, but THRIVE.


Beginner’s Guide: How to set up your LARQ Bottle

Wondering how LARQ Bottle works exactly? Well, wonder no more. (Hint: It’s actually really easy.)

Before you get started, give the bottle a little rinse. This step is probably not necessary because the bottle is self-cleaning, but we’re germaphobes, so we’re gonna do it anyway.

#1 Unlock LARQ

Press and hold the button down for 5 seconds to unlock the bottle for the first time. A white color light will flash signifying that it is unlocked and ready for purifying action!


#2 Give it a good charge

Power that baby up! Remove the cap from your bottle and insert the LARQ micro-USB end into the cap. Then, plug the USB end into a USB wall adapter or USB port of a laptop until the battery is fully charged. You’ll know when it’s fully charged when the green light is steady.


#3 Fill it up

Fill with clear water up to the indicator line. Then, screw on the cap and press the button to get purifying! Press once for Normal Mode, and twice for Adventure Mode. (Do not interrupt the purification cycle by removing the cap or pressing the button!)

Normal Mode Breathing sky blue light


Adventure Mode Pulsing blue light


Safety Mode Pulsing orange light flashes when activated outside the bottle




Normal mode

Drinking water from a trusted source? Then press once to activate Normal Mode, a 60 second cycle with a breathing sky blue light.

Adventure Mode

Need an extra dose of purification power? Press twice to activate Adventure Mode, a 3-minute cycle with a pulsing blue light.

Self-cleaning Mode

Your LARQ Bottle loves to stay clean. That’s why every 2 hours, it will intelligently activate Self-Cleaning Mode, a 10-second cycle with breathing sky blue light.

Travel Lock

Hopping around the world on your next adventure? Hold down for 5 seconds to activate the Travel Lock, which disables Self-Cleaning Mode for travel or storage.

#4 Wait just 60 seconds for brilliantly clean water!

Give your bottle a little whirl (we like to do our happy dance) while your bottle is purifying to spread the UV-C light’s love in there. Now you’re ready to #DrinkBrilliantly with fresh water from a cleaner bottle.

Seems simple enough right? Right! It’s super easy to use and is designed to fit into your life seamlessly. Beauty and brains. Something you never knew you’d want in a water bottle.

Before we let you go, there a few things you should know about your LARQ Bottle. There’s a whole lot of neat features in this thing. Just wait and see.


About your action-packed LARQ Bottle

  • LARQ Bottle is waterproof! You heard that right. Don’t stress about dropping it in the sink or rinsing it off if you got a little dust on it. Its USB has a waterproof rating of IPX7, which means it can handle immersion up to 1 meter (3 feet) in water for up to 30 minutes.
  • Take your bottle on adventures with you! LARQ Bottle is travel-friendly, whether it is traveling internationally (going through TSA), backpacking across the country, or camping. Since it’s a relatively new product, you might get some looks (probably in admiration), but we’ve flown with it and haven’t had any issues getting past TSA.
  • Live your life, charge less. One full charge lasts up to 1-2 months based on 3-4 cycles a day. Normal mode lasts up to 4-8 weeks and Adventure Mode lasts up to 10-12 days. What can we say? It’s ready for action.
  • Fill up with confidence. Refill your LARQ Bottle with water from water fountains, sinks and taps, restaurants, rivers, and even waterfalls (you little adventurer you). The minimum requirement is that the water is clear–no particulates of any kind. LARQ Bottle will eliminate up to 99%* of bio-contaminants (it’s even effective against e.coli) but isn’t going to filter heavy metals or chlorine out of your water. Use in Adventure Mode if you’re ever a little unsure about the water for an added boost of PureVis™ power. *Based on the elimination of 99.8% of E.coli in a 20-second cycle for all LARQ Bottles.
  • It’s quiet. In case you were wondering, LARQ Bottle is completely quiet. No humming, buzzing or singing so you can keep on doing you, uninterrupted.
  • Cold or hot? LARQ Bottle keeps water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.

And there you have it. A beautifully designed high-tech water bottle was just what you needed in your life to help you #DrinkBrilliantly with pure water anywhere you go.

We know, we’re in love too and we’re not afraid to say it.

Don’t have one yet? Shop the LARQ Bottle here.



10 Unique Scandinavian Interior Design Ideas to Inspire You

Alright, you Scandinavian interior design fanatics–your inspiration for innovative interior design is here. We want Scandi, we want Hygge, we want inventive ideas we can use in our own homes–at some point in time… There are some cool innovative things people are doing around the world in interior design. Ready to be inspired?


If you have a space for a spiral staircase and a giant net nook, you’re one lucky person. Not for the faint of heart or if you’re scared of heights–this unique reading area is what design dreams were made of.


Have minimal space but want to spruce up your bedroom? Try this cool wood design on your wall and ceiling. It draws the eyes up to make the space feel a little larger. If you can find a great reclaimed wood carpenter, please make this come true for your space.


What better way to chill out in front of a fireplace than a gigantic round couch recessed into the ground? I bet you won’t ever want to leave this area–like ever.


A cool way to divide a large space–this hardwood and tile-work is a masterpiece of sorts. It’ll be the highlight of your guest’s visit. Guaranteed to spark joy.


Cool artwork aside, what makes this space unique is the rolling coffee table that appears to be made from a reclaimed barn door. The oversized industrial wheels make the space a little more interesting than your standard minimalist coffee table. Plus, you get the utility of being able to move it anywhere you want at a moment’s notice.


Are you a wine-lover? This cool peg wine rack is what minimalist dreams are made of. Install with caution.


The perfect remedy for a small space is this mock-loft. You got ample storage on the bottom and a cool looking loft-style bed area on the top.


Talk about unique workspaces. This area is made by its peculiarly cool bookcase. Who said you can’t have fun with your shelving? We love that the design partially covers some of the books drawing your eye to the design and not on any clutter.


Liven up your space with indoor plants. No floor space? Hang your plants on a sturdy lighting system. It’s a great way to add freshness and color to an otherwise dull space.


Give your kitchen a Scandi update with exposed pantry space like this one. It’ll make you neater (believe it or not) and the frosted sliding paneling breaks up the space and draws eyes up. We’re also fans of this stainless steel island–perfect for you aspiring chefs (or clumsy people).

We love how simple some of these concepts are that make them different than your average Instagram home. Next time you tackle your next home improvement project, think outside the box and do something a little different.

Inspired? Us, too. We love innovative design no matter what industry it’s in. Keep up with our blog for more design inspiration for the home, office and more!

Editor’s Note: Images used in this article do not belong to LARQ.


Sustainable Living with Elana Jadallah

We’re always inspired by others to become a more sustainable company. Reducing our environmental footprint and is a massive goal of ours not only as a company but as individuals as well. As part of our sustainable living series, we’ve got to gain some insight on what it means to be sustainable and some knowledge on how to live more sustainably at home and the office.

For this segment of Sustainable Living, we got to chat with Elana Jadallah, a photographer, marketing consultant and founder of based in beautiful Hawai’i. Through her photography, writing and online channels, her mission is to captivate others with the incredible world around them, spread the knowledge she has surrounding sustainable living and inspire conscious action. Through her work with small businesses, her mission is to tap into the unique ripple effect that businesses have on this earth and help them amplify positive impact through regenerative and impactful strategies.

Fun facts: Elana loves hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, reading, cooking, storytelling, anything that pushes her out of her comfort zone, even just a little. “Since living in the islands, I’ve developed a love for traditional Hawaiian arts like Haku lei making and she intends to learn how to weave lauhala next.

Elana Jadallah holding seaside mint LARQ Bottle on the beach in hawaii

Elaine T.: What does sustainability mean to you?

Elana J.: Mmm, if you would have asked me that a year ago, WOW, would the answer have been different! My understanding of sustainability is constantly evolving and growing. I used to be so focused in on simply plastic pollution and the need for more sustainable packaging (which is still a big focus!) but now I understand that individual, corporate and governmental sustainability has many, many more facets and ripple effects.


To me, sustainability means creating more long-lasting, conscious solutions for individuals, businesses, and society as a whole. Supporting others who are also seeking out these solutions and creating change. Allowing myself to be a student and a sponge. Learning as much as I can about the whole picture and working towards more regenerative and restorative ways of doing things that reverse the damage we as a society have caused and support our natural environment and ecosystems for the future.

ET: Did you always live a sustainable lifestyle? If not, how did you get your start?

EJ: No, absolutely not. I grew up not knowing anything about where my food came from, where my plastic waste would end up or what a ‘sustainable lifestyle’ even looked like. Like so many others who are passionate about the environment, my journey started with a captivating ‘aha moment’!


It was fairly recent, just a few years ago, when I started cleaning our local beach while Aaron surfed. I began to notice there were more pieces of micro-plastic on the beach than there were seashells. It completely broke my heart. It was devastating. I wanted to know more about the plastic pieces and how they were landing on our beaches, so I started doing research and was shocked. I had been so unaware of the incredible crisis our oceans and our planet are in. I felt so stupid and blinded by the convenient lifestyle we all live as a society. How did I never think about these things? How could I be so unaware?


I’m a firm believer that once you learn something, you can’t ‘unlearn’ it…So this started my journey of continued research and making changes in my lifestyle. I started by analyzing my behaviors and seeing what exactly my impact looked like. First I eliminated single-use bags at the grocery store (they’re banned here in Hawai’i which is amazing), then I committed to only using reusable water bottles and cutlery no matter what. And now, this more-mindful, less-wasteful outlook has trickled into every room in our home and every aspect of our lives. I now look at life through this lens of awareness and intention. It’s been an unraveling; a wonderful, challenging and empowering unraveling of past patterns and behaviors.

ET: What’s it like living in Hawaii? What are your favorite things about it?

EJ: I love having access to the inviting ocean waters all-year-round and the active lifestyle that yields for us, I also love the variety of climates (we have 11 of the 13 micro-climates present on earth here on the Big Island) and the immense beauty that surrounds me. Living in Hawai’i is absolutely special, although very different than what many picture it to be. Yes, it is beautiful and enchanting but I argue that it is so in a much deeper, more profound way than you encounter at first glance!


The mana (energy) here is strong and the Hawaiian culture is rich and unique. I feel wildly honored to call this place home but it’s certainly not for everyone and there are many things that differ living here from vacationing here. The things we are blind to on vacation might be that 90% of our food is imported (although sadly the Big Island could be 100% self-sufficient with the number of farms and land here) or the tragic, mostly unknown history of these islands and their people or that it’s a very sensitive eco-system which is being harmed by the constant influx of people. For example, how mass-amounts of sunscreen being dissolved in the water daily has killed the reefs here, how our shorelines are covered in micro-plastics but plastics are still widely distributed, etc. There are so many things that people overlook that need attention, love and energy in these islands. It’s become such a huge part of my everyday life to shed light on these issues and be part of the solution.

woman filling up LARQ Bottle in kitchen sink

ET: Our team here at LARQ has been trying to go plastic-free for the past few weeks, but it’s been tough. What kind of challenges do you face in cutting out plastic? What solutions or alternatives have you found?


EJ: AMAZING! Good on you guys. This makes me wildly happy to hear! Something I read the other day that I loved was this: ‘The world doesn’t need a few people doing zero-waste perfectly. The world needs millions of people doing it imperfectly.’ There is so much power in simply starting the journey to finding answers, to seeking solutions, to QUESTIONING our convenience. Something I find helpful is to count how many times you encounter plastic in one day (specifically single-use) and take a tally. Most will be shocked by the number. You can’t just throw plastic ‘away’ – they go somewhere (often times shorelines far, far away) and don’t break down for over 400 years. Once you take a closer look, the hope is that you’ll feel compelled to find longer-lasting, less harmful alternatives for the things you encountered the most in your day.

My biggest challenge is sadly food packaging. I walk into a Costco or a big box grocery and don’t know whether I want to scream or cry. Similar to the idea that you can’t ‘unlearn something’ it’s hard to ‘un-notice’ something. Once you start eliminating convenient, unneeded plastic… you start realizing that it’s everywhere. And one of the worst culprits is our food. The best solution I have found is to SHOP LOCAL (find a local co-op or CSA and shop at farmer’s markets) and we bring our own jars/containers to shop in the bulk section at the grocery store. Whenever possible, buy things like kombucha or olives in glass jars that you can reuse. The last tip for food: make things at home! You’d be surprised how easy some things (like nut milks – I love my Almond Cow! – or hummus are to make at home). Next time you run out of something store bought, see if you can make it yourself.


Also, I found it hard to eliminate plastic in the bathroom! Shampoo + conditioner bottles, soaps, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, cleaning products, feminine products even TP! Whoa. There’s a lot of waste. But through research, there are so many solutions when you seek them out. I’ve found an alternative that is zero or low waste for each of the things listed above. Shampoo, conditioner and soap bars, safety-razors, bamboo toothbrushes, menstrual cup, even sustainably made TP. It’s all in existence and help eliminate massive amounts of waste. I’m happy to serve as a resource to you – always reach out and I can give you my recommendations!


ET: What is a guilty pleasure of yours that you wish was sustainable? What would you tell the company who produces it?

EJ: Oooh! This is a good one. There are a few things that come to my mind. First is traveling – specifically flying. Flying is probably the dirtiest act in our lives. One round-trip flight between New York and California generates about 20% of the greenhouse gases that our cars emit over an entire year. I’m dedicated to learning more about effective, restorative carbon-offsetting for travel specifically.


The second that comes to mind is coffee. This one’s easy to solve by bringing a reusable to-go cup, choosing to have your coffee ‘to-stay’ or simply making it at home! Avoid K-cups at all costs and if you have to get a to-go coffee for some reason, ask for no lid and no stir straws.  


The last thing is my essential oils. Yep, I’m that hippie. I love to diffuse essential oils in our home, I wear them as perfume and use them for countless uses in our home. Sadly though, there’s a huge gap in the wellness industry when it comes to sustainability and regenerative business practices. I find that many wellness products (such as essential oils, protein powder, snack bars, etc) are still packaged with plastic elements, not using renewable energy for production, are sourcing from unsustainable farms, etc. so I have found myself buying less and buying more intentionally. The best thing we can do is communicate our concerns and needs to the companies who produce our ‘guilty pleasures’ and help them shift to better practices. They value customer feedback because their business relies on it.

Here’s a little excerpt of the email that I send to any company that I love but would love to see improve:


As you may know, _____________ (plastic pollution or climate change or unethical work conditions, etc) is a huge problem and I would love to see your company shift towards practices that are more conscious and sustainable. Below is a checklist of conscious business practices that I consider a standard of excellence. Any brand I give my business to must check three or more boxes on this list:

  • Repurposed/Recycled Materials
  • Compostable or Post-Consumer-Recycled Packaging
  • Fair Trade
  • B-Corp Certified
  • Carbon Neutral Shipping
  • Natural or Organic Materials (preferably GOTS certified)
  • Made locally to base consumer
  • Independently Owned
  • Not mass produced
  • Give back to cause/organization/community
  • Made with intention (i.e. honors tradition, brings awareness, tells a story

If you want the full email template to send out, sign up here!

ET: How do you find sustainable options that fit your needs? Can you name a few things you are constantly using, reusing or purchasing?

EJ: Great question! When I started this journey, I definitely felt like I was ‘the first pioneer doing this’ and like I had to find all the answers myself. Thankfully, that was not the case at all! There are so many people out there who are innovative (like LARQ for example!), aware and educated that have found or created more regenerative and sustainable alternatives to what we use on a daily basis. A simple google search will typically give you the answers you need. Also, one of the best books I’ve purchased that was helpful in this way was a used copy of ‘How To Give Up Plastic’ – written by Will McCallum, the Head of Oceans at Greenpeace.


Things that we constantly use + reuse:

Get creative, use what you already have and invest in better options when you run out.

ET: In your opinion, what’s the biggest change someone can make in their daily lives that will have the biggest impact on sustainability?

EJ: Your mindset. It’s not just about saying ‘No, thank you!’ to straws or eliminating single-use plastics ‘when you have the chance.’ It’s adopting the mindset that questions our own behaviors and allows for the vulnerability in saying ‘this is not a behavior that supports the future I want to see.’ By being willing to be self-critical and honest with yourself about that, it’s so much easier to make changes that are long-lasting. If you’re empowered with a strong mindset, you will seek out solutions and become a force of nature.

Elana Jadallah sits on blue beach towel with her seaside mint LARQ Bottle

ET: You got a chance to try our LARQ Bottle for a while, what are your thoughts on it? In what ways have you used the bottle that you can’t with others?


EJ: The LARQ bottle added value to my life by giving me peace of mind that I can always have access to clean water. We are mindful at home about filtering our water with charcoal but can’t always fill up from home. With the LARQ bottle, we can fill our bottles anywhere with confidence knowing that our water is clean. I can’t wait to take ours on our travels! I know this solves a huge problem for travelers who are going to different countries with different water treatment practices. By bringing the LARQ bottle while traveling, I am wildly inspired by how many plastic water bottles will be avoided.


ET: What are some parting words you have for people wanting to live a more sustainable and mindful lifestyle?

EJ: Remember this: striving for perfection will only defeat you. Instead, strive for progress.


Stay curious, allow yourself to be a sponge, keep asking questions and seeking out answers. The way I see it is that there are four phases of awakening: the ‘aha’ moment, the overwhelming phase, the research and action phase and lastly, the opportunity to use your voice. Keep striving for progress in all aspects of your life one step at a time. I’m here for you as a resource both for yourself as an individual or if you’re a business owner that is looking to make big shifts on your impact on this world.


It was an honor chatting with you today – I hope you found a takeaway that resonated with you! If you ever have any questions or want to connect, I’m here for you! Mahalo nui loa + a hui hou!