How To: Survive a Long Wait at the Airport


When flying, you are usually advised to be at the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight departs. Personally, I always aim to be at the airport 120 minutes before a flight so I don’t feel under pressure for time.

Here are some of the things that I do to pass the time at an airport.


1. Have Something to Watch / Read


When I go to an airport, I always make sure to have some kind of film or documentary to watch or that I’ve got a good book to read. Watching a good movie takes your concentration away from the ticking of the clock that you’ve spent the last 15 minutes watching.

Apps such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer (If you are in the UK) often have download functions which allow you to download movies to your device and watch them offline. This is the perfect time to catch up on the TV shows you missed during the week or to watch that film that you’ve been meaning to watch for months but never got around to watching.

I always ensure that I have my kindle or my iPad with me, as I also use it as an e-reader. I like to have a few different genres of book so that I can have a choice of book.


2. Grab Something to Eat


There’s nothing worse than having to travel on an empty stomach. I’ve done it before and trust me, it’s not fun! Most airports have a restaurant in the departure lounge so utilise it.

Grab some breakfast if you’ve got an early morning flight and you didn’t have time for some brekkie because you hit snooze on that alarm a few too many times!

The same rule also applies to evening and afternoon flights. If you’ve already eaten a full meal, just get a coffee and maybe a small cake to line your stomach before flying.



3. Plane Watch


There is nothing more exciting than watching planes taking off or landing while at an airport.It fuels the existing excitement for your upcoming trip.

I always try to get myself a seat by a window that overlooks the runway. Every time I see a plane taxi for take off, I find my curiosity grow.

Who is on board? Where are they going? What are their plans?

It’s times like these that my imagination runs wild and I usually end up creating whole life stories about these people. There’s no better way to feed your imagination.


4. Browse Duty Free

For some, shopping is a great way to pass time. Luckily, the majority of airports contain Duty Free Shopping. With lots of variety to choose from, Duty Free has something for everyone.

There is so much to choose from in the Duty Free. You can pick up a souvenir for a loved one or a friend, or even a present for a special occasion such as a birthday or Christmas. From alcohol to perfumes, there is something for everyone.

After paying at the checkout, you’ll soon find that you’re a lot closer to getting on that plane than you were when you started shopping!



So there you have it, just a few of my tips for surviving a long wait in the airport.

Let me know if you’ve got any other tips and tricks!