Did you know that there is a website called The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. According to the homepage:
They have 15 tips for successfully surviving the experience. Here is #2:
"2. Expect your flight to be cancelled and be prepared: If weather or a schedule delay cause you to sit in the airport for longer than you had hoped, it would have been better to have been prepared. Wouldn't it have been? Your emergency airport survival kit should include:
- a cheap inflatable pool raft (they fold up nicely and make the hard floor a lot more comfortable). Keep in mind that in some airports sleeping on the floor is a no-no.
- eye shades
- ear plugs
- bottled water
- personal music device with large headphones. You'll want full coverage to block out loud announcements.
- an alarm clock or a pen and post-it pad. If you are travelling solo, write a "Wake me at 5:00 AM" note and stick a few on and around you -- it works. People will wake you.
- an airline blanket and/or pillow (borrowed - NOT STOLEN!!!).
- disinfectant wipes. Cleanliness is a problem in some airports, so these handy wipes will make your "bed" for the night a little less germ and grease covered.
- tissue/toilet paper. Remember, in some third world airport bathrooms, you will be forced to pay a King's ransom for two single ply sheets of toilet paper.
- tipping money if you forgot to pack aforementioned toilet paper
- Vick Vapour rub. Place a dab of this under your nose to block out bad terminal odours.
- Your camera to document your stay.
- Entertain yourselves. A Twister mat and spin card are light and take up little room in your carry on. Cards always come in handy. If these are unavailable to you, luggage carts and airport wheelchairs have also brightened a few faces around here."
I especially love the Vick's Vapour rub and Twister mat. And to think I've never, ever packed a Twister mat!
I pray that the recession doesn't make this an option.