Although nobody enjoys sleeping at the airport, flight delays and layover times can often make this inevitable. OROGOLD shares some of our top tips on the best ways to catch a few hours of sleep at the airport.
Have a Plan
It is always best to thoroughly research the airport from before if you know that you are going to be spending a few hours waiting there. There are different websites that provide airport information, which can help you to develop a strategy for where you’re going to sleep. Some airports offer great facilities for those who will be needing to spend the night, such as Singapore‘s Changi Airport, which has power outlets, reclining chairs and even a spa for weary travellers to enjoy some pampering. Other airports don’t cater to overnight sleepers at all, and, if this is the case, OROGOLD would recommend arriving as early as possible, especially if you know that there is limited seating. When finding a place to settle down for a sleep, take note of the people traffic in that area, as well as where the speakers are for the announcements, as these are the main things that are likely to interrupt your sleep.
Dress in Layers
Although many airports tolerate overnight guests, they aren’t thrilled at the idea, and often try to make the airport as uncomfortable as possible during the night, to encourage people to find somewhere else to sleep. OROGOLD‘s tip for overcoming this is to dress as warmly as possible, in many layers, even if your final destination is somewhere hot and tropical. Bringing along a fleece blanket in your carry-on bag will also help to keep the cold away. This way, even if the airport doors are left open in the freezing winter, or the air conditioners are turned to the coldest in the middle of the summer, you will be able to stay nice and warm.
Keep Your Belongings Safe
It can often be difficult falling asleep when you know that you need to keep an eye on your belongings. The best way to do this is by keeping all of your belongings close to your body, either sleeping with your bag hugged to your body, or using your belongings as a pillow. However, this only really works if you are a light sleeper. If you tend to usually fall into a deep sleep, it may be better to tie a string around your wrist, attaching the other end to your bag, so that if someone moves them, you will be instantly woken up. OROGOLD would also suggest that you check to see where the airport security cameras are and find a place to sleep that is near one of them, so that if anything did happen, it would have all been caught on camera.
Although sleeping at the airport is never an ideal situation, there are ways that you can make the best of it, ensuring that you manage to get those precious hours of extra sleep. From choosing your location wisely to keeping your belongings safe, OROGOLD’s tips on how to get some sleep at the airport should make your next overnight airport stay much more comfortable.