An airport can be a stressful and unpleasant place. They’re noisy, busy and full of frantic travellers. Many people dread this part of their journey and really hate the though of going into them. These simple tips will help those of you who hate going through airports, make it a much more stress free and easy experience.
This first one is possibly the one that could make the biggest difference to your time in the airport. Something that can cause the most amount of stress is the fear of being late and missing your plane. Time management is the most important tool you can use to combat this stress. Make sure you triple check the time of your flight then work backwards from there. Work out how much time you need to get yourself to the airport, and how much time you want to have after you’ve gone through security. If you have large hold bags to check in, always leave extra time in case of queues. On most airports’ websites you can see how long the queues are at security so you can also factor this in. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s always better to have longer waiting on the other side of security than rushing through because you didn’t leave enough time. If you can just sit once you’re through security then this will take a huge amount of your stress away.
This tip ties into the first one and will be extremely effective in reducing your stress as you go through the airport. If you are prepared for it, then your airport experience is guaranteed to be easier and maybe make you enjoy it more. Now, obviously you can’t prepare for everything, for example you can’t control the queues or flight delays. But, doing these simple things will help you deal with situations such as these. There’s nothing worse for your stress than packing on the morning of your flight as you are far more likely to forget something if you are in a rush. Instead have all your bags packed in advance, even if it’s just the night before. This way, it enables you to just double check them the day of your flight and you can be sure you have everything. Want more packing tips? Click here
This includes your hand luggage. Rushing trying to find your passport 10 minutes before you need to leave will do absolutely nothing to reduce stress levels. So, instead have everything you want in your hand luggage in there the night before. Double check it so that when morning comes you know you can just pick it up and head out the door, stress free.
Having a Good Night Sleep
This one is very important. People running on very little sleep are groggy, moody and much more likely to forget something, which obviously wouldn’t be good for stress. Therefore, it is vital to get a good night sleep the night before your flight. Waking up feeling refreshed will help you stay alert and breeze through all your airport endeavours. You will be in a much better mood and therefore feeling more positive about your time in the airport.
Of course, this can be tricky if you have an early morning flight. If you are travelling in the early hours, make sure to go to bed extra early the night before. As well as this, try to have power nap on your way to the airport, only if you’re not driving obviously. I am sure that you will be 10 times more stressed if you have slept very little the night before, so a good sleep is essential to helping airport stress.
This one may sound silly to some of you, but caffeine could actually be detrimental to your stress. Even if you have an early start, try and refrain from getting a strong coffee, as this caffeine intake can actually make you jittery, shaky and stressed. This is not how you want to be feeling in an already stress-prone environment. So, instead stick to lower caffeine drinks like tea, or better yet just some cold water. If you need a pick me up, nothing is more refreshing than a nice glass of cold water.
This is just a little thing, but for some people anything could help. Wearing an easy, comfortable, familiar outfit can give you one less thing to worry about. An ideal airport outfit would be something loose, stretchy and soft. Leggings or tracksuit bottoms, a loose t-shirt and a hoodie to throw over should you get cold is perfect. Comfy footwear is also very important. There would be nothing worse than standing in a queue and your feet being to really hurt, or you’re walking to your gate and you get a blister. A familiar piece of clothing might even act as a source of comfort to you in a time of stress.
A simple tip. Much like a lack of sleep, travelling on an empty stomach will make you moody, snappy and probably more stress-prone to little things. So, eating before you arrive at the airport, or even just having a snack on the way there, will greatly improve how you feel and will help you go into the airport much more positively. No one wants to travel hangry, and no one wants to travel with someone who’s hangry!
Bring Something to Relax You
Lastly, bringing something that will help relax you while you’re there is a great idea. If you’ve managed your time well and got to your gate with a bit of time left before your flight then it’s nice to have something relaxing to do. Whether that be your favourite book or a nice mellow playlist you’ve made, anything that will help you to chill is perfect. You could even download an episode of your favourite TV show or phone a loved one who will reassure you. This is a great way to round off your stress free airport experience, and to help you to relax further before getting on the plane. Check out our travel playlist here
I know the airport can be a stressful, daunting, noisy, boring place but these tips will help make this experience much more enjoyable and keep it stress free. If you follow these tips, then on your next trip you perhaps won’t dread this portion of your journey so much.
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