The Art of Sleeping at Airports
A great way to save money while travelling is by sleeping at the occasional airport. Here are some tips on how to make it a little more bearable.
Location Location Location
Just like buying a house, successfully sleeping at airports is all about location. You’ll want to try and find some shade from the bright lights and also try and be in a corner (You don’t want to be stepped on mid sleep). When searching for that perfect location, it pays to size up the neighbours. You’re biggest concern should be the safety of your things -I know it’s not cool to be tied to your possessions these days, but losing a $500 Iphone would be really annoying. Try to sleep close to wholesome looking people, maybe a family, a group of monks or really old people (A family of old monks would be perfect). They’ll help deter thieves and they might even share their food with you.
Make yourself at home
It might not be the Hilton, but there’s no reason why you can’t create your own little sleeping space fit for a prince (not a king though, I assume a king sized bed is non-negotiable for them). Set up some sheets or sleeping bags if you have them, make a pillow out of your clothes and try to follow the same routine you would at home or in a hotel. Brush your teeth, put on your pajamas and you could even follow the lead of someone I saw at Kuala Lumpur airport and do some yoga.
Set an alarm and keep it safe
You’ll need to set an alarm to avoid missing your flight, but unless you give it some space to breathe you’re in danger of not hearing it. You also need to be careful not to leave it open to thieves, and make sure you don’t roll on top of it while sleeping and crack the screen. Try and find a little space where it’s safe from being squashed and stolen, but where you’ll also be able to hear it from.
Bring a partner
Sleeping at airports is far easier if you’re travelling with someone. You can sleep in shifts if your neighbours are dodgy, you can go to the bathroom or to get food without having to pack up all your things and it decreases the chance of missing your flight by 50%. Choosing the right partner is important as well – expecting your high maintenance girlfriend to sleep in an airport would be another straw on what I’m guessing is an already exhausted camel. I recently slept at Rome Campiano airport with my girlfriend Gia, and she was happy enough – she even got close to a full 6 hours of sleep!.
Bring your own snacks
Airport food is expensive, and if you’re sleeping at smaller airports there might be not even be anything open during the long hours of the night. Here’s a list of snacks we brought with us on our last airport sleeping adventure
- 2 packets of Maltesers
- 1 packet of M and Ms
- 1 Kit Kat
- 2 packets of budget chocolate biscuits
- 1 packet of Mentos
- 2 oranges, 1 apple
Not the healthiest food, but since you won’t be getting any physical comfort, eating this kind of “comfort food” is the next best thing.
Don’t plan anything strenuous the next day
When sleeping at an airport, chances are you’ll get very little actual sleep. It pays to plan a rest day once you finally arrive at your destination as you’ll probably have a flight straight after your airport sleep, which adds up to a pretty horrible few hours of travel in anyone’s book. Try not to plan any mountaineering expeditions or stand up paddle boarding tours – you will have earned a good rest.
Have I convinced you that sleeping at airports is a legitimate option yet? We recently saved over €50 by not finding a hotel in Rome – so if you’re on a budget and aren’t too high maintenance, give it a go!
Have you slept at an airport before? Where was it, and how did it go?
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