5 Tips for Napping in Airports During a Long Layover

 Flying is stressful. If you’re traveling long distances, it can be hard to get enough sleep. Sleeping in airports is tough and not ideal.

It’s never going to compare to sleeping in a nice bed, but there are a few things you can do to improve your airport napping skills. These tricks are essential for frequent travelers.

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Here are a few of the best ways to ensure that you’re well-rested on your next trip.

1.    Don’t Miss Your Flight

A lot of people miss their flight after they’re already in the airport.

If you have a connecting flight, head to your gate as soon as possible. This is especially important if you have an international connection.

Most airports have a separate international terminal. This can be hard to get to.

Sometimes, you can spend hours just switching from one gate to the next.

If you find yourself with extra time, still stay close to your gate in case anything happens.

This way you’ll be the first to know if there are any flight changes.

Find a good, comfortable spot not too far from the gate. Don’t be rude and take up too many seats.

Your backpack can make for a great pillow if you lie down on the ground.

Set multiple alarms on your phone and watch.

You don’t want to miss your plane because you overslept.

2.    Treat Yourself

Airports are full of tempting restaurants and bars.

Airport food is expensive, so it’s always good to pack some snacks and be prepared.

However, if you have a long layover, it’s worth it.

You won’t be able to sleep well if you aren’t comfortable.

If you've forgotten a pillow, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one.

Business travelers usually get a budget from their company. This can be spent on food and comforts at the airport.

Make sure to check what is and is not included before buying things.

Here’s some information about how travel budgets for companies work.

If you aren’t sure about something, only buy things you’re willing to pay for yourself.

3.    Headphones

High-quality headphones are essential for travel.

Airports are loud and noisy. There are often unexpected announcements.

Noise-canceling headphones make a huge difference. If you don’t like sleeping with music, they can block out at least some of the background noise.

Download some meditation apps or soundscapes on your phone. These will help you relax during a stressful trip.

Just be sure that you don’t oversleep or totally tune out. Program your phone to vibrate with updates on your flight.

Bluetooth headphones are great if you want to go wireless, but they won’t work on an airplane.

Everyone’s ears are different, so you might need to try out different sets of headphones before finding ones that suit you.

Download your music before heading out since airport WiFi is weak.

4.    Good Gear

Comfortable clothes and a good bag are essential.

If you can’t get cozy, you’re not going to be able to get any rest.

Here is a good list of things you need to pack for your next business trip.

Make sure you have chargers for your phone, laptop, and other electronic devices. If traveling internationally, you’ll usually need a plug converter.

Credit cards are great, but it’s always good to have some cash on you.

If you’re traveling to a foreign country, get another wallet or coin purse to keep currencies separate.

An eye mask is good for blocking bright airplane and airport light.

Be careful not to overpack. Bags get heavy and will wear you down.

5.    Stay Hydrated

Airplane air is dry and will dehydrate you.

Drink more water than you usually would. Pack a good water bottle so that you can refill it at the airport.

You can’t take water through airport security, but you can bring a bottle.

If you need to, buy one of the expensive water bottles at the airport. They’re overpriced, but it’s better than getting dehydrated.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol. It will dehydrate you and interfere with your sleep.


Without a good night’s sleep, you won’t be able to travel or do business effectively. Follow these tips to get a quality shut-eye on your next trip.

read more: Douglas Greenberg

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