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How to Sleep in Airports: The Complete Guide

Sleeping in an airport terminal is one of the most challenging travel experiences for anyone who travels frequently. Whether you’re catching an early morning flight or staying over due to a delayed flight, an airport at night can be an eerie place.  When deciding how to sleep in airports it's important to follow this complete guide to ensure your airport safety and a get the proper rest needed.

There are strange noises, strange people and not much light. To make matters worse, many airports have implemented security measures that can be time-consuming and add stress to your already-tenuous travel situation.

So how do you get some shut-eye in this environment? Read on for our complete guide to sleeping in airports and getting rest any time you find yourself stranded overnight!


Plan Ahead

The most important aspect of sleeping in an airport is planning ahead. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to sleep in the airport, don’t try to “wing it.” Plan as best you can with the knowledge you have at the time.

Look up which terminal you’ll be sleeping in, find out what airline and terminal they’re in and look up the security check-in times.

Know how many hours you have before your next flight, and how long it will take you to get there. If you don’t know this information in advance, there’s no way you’re going to get a good night’s sleep.


Bring Earplugs and An Eye Mask

Earplugs and an eye mask are the most basic tools for sleeping in an airport. Even if you find yourself near a quiet spot, the lights in the terminal will likely keep you awake.

Bring a sleep mask that blocks out all light, and make sure your earplugs are comfortable enough to sleep in. You’ll probably be on the floor and won’t have a pillow, so you’ll need your earplugs and eye mask to get comfortable.

If you’re wearing shoes, you’ll likely be cold and the floors are pretty gross. Bring a pair of socks, but remember to take them off before going through security in the morning.

Your shoes don’t even have to be clean—it’s best to wear socks, period.


Stay near the Food Court and Bathroom

Airports are noisy, chaotic places, and sleeping in the middle of one isn’t ideal. Find a quiet spot where you can hear people, but they can’t hear you.

Many airports have seating outside of their food courts where you can hear the hustle and bustle of people, but they can’t hear you. Find a seat near the bathroom and water fountain so you have easy access to both.

If you have to go during the night and can’t find a bathroom nearby, your whole body will tense up because of the stress of being caught without a bathroom. Being near the food court and bathroom will also help you feel safe.

 If anyone bothers you, you can easily find someone to help.


Bring a Blanket and Pillow

Airports are generally cold and sometimes dirty. A blanket will keep you warm and help you feel more at ease. If you brought a small pillow, you could also put it under your head and knees.

That will help you get comfortable and stay that way throughout the night. A small pillow is also great for putting between your knees if you’re on the floor. If you’re at the airport for a long period of time, you’re going to get tired of sitting on the floor. If you have a blanket, you can lay down on the floor for a quick nap.


Don’t Forget Toiletry Essentials

You can always keep a travel-sized toiletries kit with you as you travel. However, if you’re stuck in the airport, you don’t have access to these items.

Bring them with you so you can stay clean and fresh during your overnight stay. Bring sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer. Toilet paper can be found in many places, but you don’t want to risk everything that the airport has to offer.

Bring hand sanitizer, as well as a small bottle of hand soap to wash your hands. Keep a change of clothes. You don’t want to wear the same clothes you traveled in all day and all night. Airport bathrooms are gross, even during the day.


Request a Cot

While some airports offer cots for people who are stuck there for an extended period of time, others don’t. If you’re traveling internationally, you’re out of luck. However, if you’re in the United States, you can request a cot at most airports.

You have to ask before you get to the airport, and you have to be nice about it. If you’re cranky or frustrated about your circumstances, try to remember that the people working at the airport are also stressed out.

Cots are usually found in the same places as chairs, so you can try asking near there. Alternatively, you can ask at the Information Desk or police station. Just make sure you’re nice about it!


Bottom Line

Sleeping in an airport is challenging, but it’s not impossible. Be prepared, bring earplugs and an eye mask and find a quiet spot near the food court and bathroom.

Bring a blanket and pillow and don’t forget your toiletry essentials. If you can’t find a cot, try sitting near the Information Desk or police station.

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Robert Frontier

Robert Frontier

Getting quality sleep is important to people of all ages and is just one of many areas of our health we need to be maintaining. When I was younger, I didn’t understand that my health was my greatest asset and took it for granted. I have spent the last twenty years of my life in the pursuit of a healthier life style. I am a parent, grandparent, author, and entrepreneur. My desire is for you and your family to get the best possible sleep and that starts with quality sleep products. Welcome to VJ Pillow.

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