Even with the best-laid plans, it is not uncommon to find yourself needing to fill hours while waiting for flights and connections at area airports. While it might be tough to predict these situations and prepare for hours of idle time, there are some things that you can do to make the time more enjoyable, comfortable, and even a bit productive.
Consider these ten tips the next time you find yourself stuck in an airport between flights:
- Ask for the charging station and use the time to fully-charge your electronic devices.
- Call an airport car to check out the local sights that you may otherwise miss; there are typically brochures and information at the customer service desk at the terminal. However, remember to give yourself enough time to get back through security and to your terminal for your flight.
- Clean out your purse or wallet.
- Invest in an e-reader and pre-load your device with a variety of reading materials to help pass time.
- Use the time to write a loved one a postcard or letter. These can often be mailed from the airport, or you can drop it off when you get to your next destination.
- Coloring is a relaxing activity that is not just for kids. Invest in a coloring book and colored pencils, or download and print a few sheets of mandalas, landscapes, or other themes to bring along in your carry-on.
- Give yourself a bathroom facial. Pack a couple masks or your favorite facial moisturizer; apply in the bathroom and wait a few moments to remove. Even if you only leave it on for a little while, you will get on your flight looking refreshed with a glow.
- Carry a clean pair of terrycloth socks and a small container of lotion in your carry-on bag. Sit in the terminal and remove your footwear; squirt a small amount of lotion in each sock or apply lotion liberally to your feet before putting on the socks. Allow the lotion-saturated socks to moisturize and refresh your feet while you wait.
- If it is a sunny day, go through security and sit in the sun a few minutes. The sunshine can lift your mood and give you some energy as opposed to sitting at a terminal gate all day.
- Put on some comfy shoes and walk. Walk briskly around the terminal to get your heart-rate pumping, which can make you feel invigorated for a long day of travel.
Try these tips and tactics to make time spent waiting for a flight a bit less idle. Use this time to make the most of the airport's amenities and find practical strategies to help make time fly!