How to Stay Calm and Save More Time at the Airport
Whether you’re prepping for a weekend break in the city, you’re getting ready for a family holiday, or you’re jetting off on a business trip, it’s always helpful to prepare for your flight in advance. The airport doesn’t have to be a scary place if you know how to handle it, and with the right tips and tricks, you could even find that you save a lot more time at the airport than usual.
No matter where your next trip is taking you, we’re going to make sure that you get there feeling calm and confident. The following tips will help you to make the most out of your airport experiences, even if your travel plans don’t go to plan.
1. Choose the Right Day and Time to Fly
If you can be flexible about when you fly, it’s always a good idea to choose a day that’s not in the middle of peak times. Ultimately, the more rush there is at the airport from people who need to get wherever they’re going, the more stress you’re going to feel. Generally, you should avoid flying on a Friday and Saturday, but it’s worth taking a look at what you can find out about your specific airport online before you make any decisions.
Some airlines have their own unique peak days and times to consider when you’re choosing your flight preferences.
2. Don’t Rush It
Though it can be tempting to try and get all the boring parts of your airport experience out of the way early – like the check-in and the security gate, don’t rush. Ultimately, you’ve got plenty of time to get through these processes provided that you turned up at the airport when you should have – at least a couple of hours before your flight is set to depart.
Waiting to be next-to-last when you’re checking in your bags means that you get more time to explore the area outside of the lounge at the airport. It also ensures that your bags will be some of the first on the carousel when you reach your destination.
3. Set Alarms
If you’re on a late-night or early morning flight, there’s nothing wrong with sitting down and relaxing for a while when you’re waiting for your plane to board. In fact, if you can find an area where you can plug your laptop in, you might even be able to get some work done before you board. However, whether you’re napping, or making some extra spending money, make sure that you don’t lose track of time.
Set an alarm to ensure that you don’t miss your plane – particularly if you’re wearing headphones that mean you wouldn’t hear any announcements around you. It’s also worth keeping your phone charged all the time so that you can check the time regularly. A charged phone will also mean that you have something available to call the airline if something goes wrong like your flights end up getting delayed or cancelled.
4. Keep the Kids Entertained
Keeping the kids entertained can be a challenge at the best of times – it’s often particularly complicated when you’re dealing with your children in an airport. They’ll want to run around and explore, and there’s nothing wrong with letting them do that for a little while if you have the energy to keep up and watch over them. The more they exert their energy when you’re in the departure lounge, the more likely it is that they’ll sleep on the plane.
At the same time, it’s a good idea to make sure that you bring plenty of options for entertainment with you in your hand luggage. This means keeping tablets and games fully charged and packing extra non-electronic options like books and colouring utensils too.
5. Snag Yourself an Upgrade
Want to try your chances at getting an upgrade to a better seat on your plane? Wait until the flight closing announcement before you board the plane and ask the airline attendant whether there are any seats available in the next level up from your tickets. You might not be able to snag an upgrade all the time, but it’s worth asking just in case.
Alternatively, if you’re the last on the plane and you see a seat in business class that’s unattended, just sit down and hope for the best. Unless someone comes and claims that seat, you should be safe. Even if an attendant does come and ask you to move, you can simply apologise and move to your intended seat. No harm, no foul.