How To Survive Long Layovers

Long layovers may be inevitable when travelers choose the cheapest flights. These layovers are rarely enjoyable and force passengers to just sit and wait in cold, bright airports. Adding to the pain of long wait times are overnight layovers. When exhaustion kicks in, people just want to be comfortable and get some rest. I just experienced a 7 hour overnight layover in Denver. It was a difficult duration from 11 pm to 6 am. But as a result of that experience, I now how a few tips on how to survive the night.

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1. Travel with a cheap blow-up pool floaty

I found the one pictures below at Walmart. It’s compact and fits nicely in a carry-on suitcase. You may get some strange looks as you blow it up. Trust me, it is well worth having something to sleep on rather than the hard airport floor.

2. Bring an eye mask

If you’re the type of person who falls sleep easier when it’s dark, bring an eye mask! The airport will NOT dim their lights for you.

3. Carry an infinity/blanket scarf

Wearing a scarf around your neck will make you look 10x more put together than you actually are. Plus, it doubles as a blanket when the airport gets chilly. It was about 50°F in the Denver airport, and my scarf came in very handy during the long layover.


4. Always have headphones

Headphones are essential. I just popped in my iPhone ear-buds, turned up the music and blocked out the world. Also, most importantly, your alarm will go through the headphones  and help wake you up in time for your next flight.

5. Stay hydrated

Water is key during travel. Make sure you purchase plenty of water when hopping from plane to plane.

6. Use moisturizer

On the topic of hydration, moisturizer is absolutely necessary for keeping your skin soft and replenished during your long travels.

7. Bring the essential toiletries

It’s always a good idea to keep some of your travel-size toiletries easily accessible for you to freshen up before the next flight. I make sure I bring a small face wash, toothpaste and a toothbrush. There is nothing worse than feeling gross in public!

Have you ever experienced this type of layover? Share any other tips you may have in the comments!


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