Thursday, August 9, 2012
How To Spend the Night in an Airport (Ugh!)
1. You just have to stay calm, because there's no use doing anything else. Sure, my gut reaction in really undesirable situations like this is tears, but sometimes, things happen beyond our control. Crying or getting angry doesn't help. It is what it is. So you better hurry and find a chair before they all get taken.
2. Speaking of chairs: Your first task is to scope out your surroundings as quickly as possible. In the entire rest of the airport, there were just the long rows of chairs with armrests in between all of them - impossible to lay down and sleep in. However, there was also the above group of lounge chairs that were big enough to curl up in and soft. And, as you can see, they filled up fast! Your mission is to find the most comfortable chairs in the airport as fast as possible, before everyone else finds them too.
2a. But also, just for safety's sake, try to make sure your "bed" for the night is near other people. Not to be paranoid, but the last thing I would want is for someone to try to get me in the airport when I'm far, far away from all other forms of life! Also, hang on to your purse while you sleep!
3. Always carry snacks. The last time I had eaten was a sandwich at 4 PM, and by the time we landed at midnight, all the food places in the whole airport were closed. STARVING. Always keep a bag of Skittles or something handy, just in case the worst happens. And then if it doesn't, you have a treat!
4. I usually take a sweater, socks, and a scarf with me on all flights no matter what, but this time, I had never been so thankful to have my carry on luggage as well, because it was COLD in that airport. Since I was traveling in the summertime, I didn't have that many layers I could even put on, but I ended up putting on 3 t-shirts, both cardigans I had, my socks, and a dress to keep warm, plus a bunch of other tops that I used for my makeshift pillow. Boho chic.
5. The airport comes back to life around 5 AM. So, sleep the best you can, but when 5 o'clock rolls around, just go ahead and get up. Go the bathroom and freshen up the best you can (I changed clothes, brushed my teeth, and rinsed my face), find your next gate, and get some food in you! A bagel with cream cheese had never tasted so sweet as the one I got at 5:30 AM from Einstein Bros. Bagels.
As a person who is historically prone to panic in situations in which I feel uncomfortable, I was pretty proud of myself for dealing with my night in the airport with a good bit of sensibility, and I survived just fine.
Not that I ever want to do it again.
What's the worst travel situation you've dealt with?