The airport is not every traveler’s favorite place. For the most part, it is a great place to “hurry up and wait.” However, the tips below may help ease the stress of your visit and possibly even help you to enjoy your time there. You never know!
Running around a busy airport and shuffling onto a crowded plane can cause very different internal temperatures than sitting still 30,000 feet in the sky. Wearing layers means you can bundle up when you have to and rock the classic sweatshirt-tied-around-your-waist when you don’t. Frequent travelers have recommended layer items such as a sarong or scarf instead of or in addition to a sweatshirt so that you may use it as a blanket. Another layer item you might not have thought of? A hat! 7%-10% of body heat is lost through your head. If a baseball cap is too hard to keep track of, try a beanie. A beanie can also double as a sleep mask if you wish to roll it down over those soul-windows and take a quick snooze.
If you are running late for your flight – say something! Airport employees can expedite you through security and will typically do all they can to get you to your gate. If no one is around, try simply asking those in line in front of you. You might be surprised!
Bring-Your-Own-Water-Bottle. Bring an empty water bottle with you through security and fill it up at a fountain after you are through. Hydration is key when you are traveling and bottled water prices at airports are usually higher than other places. Plus, staying hydrated might prevent you from getting hungry and needing to purchase food at the airport as well. So not only can this be helpful to your health, it can save you money! More helpful hints: Don’t bring a water bottle that is too big and will weigh you down. Also, try clipping a carabiner onto it for easy storage.
Unless you are trying to fit everything in a carry-on, why bring one? If you fit everything you need for the flight in your personal item then it will alleviate the need to keep track of your wheeled companion at every turn within the airport (like the bathroom) PLUS you won’t have the stress of hoping there will be enough space for it above your seat. If you are doing carry-on only, remember – it could get checked, so don’t plan on opening it while you are traveling. Another helpful hint: don’t try and bring two carry-on sized items and claim that one is a personal item. There are different dimension requirements for each. If the flight is full and they start checking bags, you probably won’t be able to board with both.
If you have a long layover, it might be worth it to purchase a day pass to an airport lounge. Check to see if any of your connecting airports have a lounge that allows this. There is usually great Wi-Fi and the cost of your pass can include snacks as well as beverages. Yum!