What Should I Eat Before Skydiving?

New Orleans Skydivers

Jumping out of an airplane at 13,000 feet is a lifelong ambition for many people. Contrary to popular belief, you should eat before your jump to avoid any feelings of nausea. With this in mind, what are the dos and don'ts when it comes to food and drink?

Do: Keep it light

While you might be feeling nervous about your jump, especially if it's your first time, it's important to ensure you eat something before you set off. Food helps you stay alert, which is vital when you're putting your body through the stress of a skydive! A light bite will help keep your blood sugar levels consistent. If your jump takes place in the morning, consider a bowl of cereal or foods high in protein, such as eggs. If you're skydiving in the afternoon, a sandwich should be fine. You might be so nervous you can't bring yourself to eat anything. If this is the case, consider blending fruit and yogurt into a delicious smoothie.

Don't: Overeat

As before any exertion, overeating will result in a spike – and then a sharp drop – in your blood sugar levels, which may affect energy and concentration levels, so don't go for a pre-skydive McDonalds. It's also recommended that you avoid eating anything greasy before your jump – you don't want to throw up halfway through!

Do: Stay hydrated

They say hydration is key, so ensure you drink plenty of water before you set off. Dehydration and its effects are multiplied at altitude.

Don't: Drink the night before

It goes without saying that you should avoid alcohol before your jump. Many dropzones will turn away anyone they suspect of being under the influence, so give the beer a miss the night before – there's plenty of time to celebrate a successful skydive afterward!

Good luck and happy skydiving!