What to do when waiting for your flight at an airport

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You can almost see it: that holiday you’ve been waiting for all year… all that’s between you and that white sandy beach is the airport and the long wait that comes with it. After completing all the crosswords puzzles from the free magazines, you find yourself people watching not knowing what to do to spend your time. So this scenario doesn’t happen to you, I’ve put together a list of things to beat the airport boredom.

 

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Play games

If you are travelling with family or friends, think ahead and pack some card games to keep everyone entertained. If you completely forgot to pack some games, it’s time to get creative and fall back on some classic games, like I-Spy or any games alike.

These types of games are perfect for the airport as there are many items and equipment around the airport which are new and exciting, including aircraft tow tractors, baggage carts, runway equipment and more. If you need a helping hand to learn about these products beforehand, visit an airport equipment supplier like Aviation Spares.

 

Walk around

 Remember that you are going to be sitting during your flight, so any chance you have to stretch your legs before is a good idea. Plus, you will never know what the airport has to offer until you’ve perused a bit. Munich airport has an ice skating rink during the Christmas period whilst the Vancouver International Airport is home to an aquarium. What other wonders will you find out whilst walking around your airport?

 

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Pamper yourself

 Lonely Planet recommends spoiling yourself whilst waiting for your flight. After all, airport day spas and massage shops have become quite popular (at least at international airports). The only advice is to not “get so relaxed that you forget your boarding time.”

Another way to treat yourself is to have a breather from the hustle and bustle of the airport. You can do this by going into a quiet room or prayer room and give your body and mind some time to re-charge. I’d recommend meditation and yoga or a bit of both.

 

Visit the city

 If you have a long layover and you’re close enough to the city centre, why not go for a day trip? According to Travel and Leisure, “some airports, like Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Narita International Airport in Japan, and Changi Airport in Singapore will take you on a tour of the city while you wait for your flight.”

 

 

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Don’t let yourself get hangry

 In case your airline doesn’t provide a meal or if you’re not a big fan of their standard in-flight meals, head over to the airport restaurants or any restaurants close to the airport and indulge yourself in a good meal before you board. The last thing you want is to spend your whole flight hangry and grumpy – think about the person sitting next to you. Do they deserve it? And a better question – do you deserve it? Didn’t think so.

 

Talk to other travellers

 This is a simple one that doesn’t require any explaining. If you see someone who looks as bored as you are, why not strike a conversation?

 

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Last resort

If all else fails, hit the free airport Wi-Fi. Browse the internet, catch up with friends or beat the best score on Candy Crush. The options are endless.

 

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Airport travel tips I picked up along the way

Travelling is fun but it can be stressful at the same time. It is usually a bit more stressful when you are travelling with kids as you have to pack more stuff. And kids usually hardly ever cooperate or move quickly. I did most of my travel before the kiddies but I have also done some travel with them because I the travel fun outweighs the stress. Travel is one of my favourite things to do. I have visited a couple of cities/countries over the years, which is how I picked up various airport travel tips to help make our adventure less stressful.

Here are some of the tips –

 

Pack light & weigh before getting to the airport

It can be tricky to pack light especially when you have kids involved. But it is important to only pack what you need to reduce the amount of boxes you take away on holiday. The last thing you would need is to drag boxes with stuff you won’t use or be stuck with excess luggage at the airport. The fear of excess luggage is the beginning of travel wisdom. The fear makes me weigh my boxes before arriving at the airport so I can rearrange the boxes if needed. We have a travel scale we use to weigh boxes and it is usually spot on.

 

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Hire a taxi to the airport

Hiring a taxi to the airport is the best way to get there without stress. Driving to the airport means you have to load your car yourself. It also means you have pack it yourself at the airport, which can be frustrating if you are running late and unable to find a parking space quickly.

Parking far away from the airport with the hope of catching an airport shuttle is very dangerous. Apart from the stress of packing a car and catching the shuttle, the shuttle may be running late. We experienced this first hand earlier this year when we booked an airport shuttle, the shuttle was over 30 minutes late, and we almost missed our flight. The best way to get to the airport is to go in a taxi.

 

Label your boxes

Label all your boxes before getting to the airport. Make sure you also mark your boxes so it is easy for you to spot them from far. I mistakenly carried the wrong box some years ago. The box was exactly the same as mine. And the padlock was the same as well (we both use the padlock that came with the box), and I only realised I got the wrong box after getting to the hotel. I bet you can imagine how stressful it was for me. We had to head back to the airport the next day to return box and I got mine later that day as well. It is one mistake that I can’t afford to make again.

 

Check in at home

We always check in and book our seats 24 hours before our flight. That makes our life easier when we get to the airport as we only have to do a bag drop. Checking in before you get to the airport is even more important when you are getting on a full flight or via a busy airport. Flights to London and other popular destinations are usually busy, so ensure you check in beforehand.

 

Get to the airport early

Getting to the airport helps as we are not stressed on the travel day. Kids never move quickly so having. few hours to play with works great for us. It also means we can get something to eat if needed and slot in some duty-free shopping as well.

 

What do you think of these airport travel tips? Do you have any tips of yours to share? Please sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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