Whether it’s a cancelled flight or a long layover, chances are you’ve considered sleeping in airports, or at least thought about grabbing a quick nap. Getting a quick nap in or a full nights’ sleep, you’ve no doubt found that sleeping in airports is both difficult and loud. So we’ve compiled a list of tips to make for a better rest in the airport as well as some of the best airports to doze off in.
Worried about where to go?
Some of the larger airports offer specific areas for sleeping and charge for the use of sleep pods or rooms. If you prefer a dark and quiet space to sleep in, this may be just for you. If there isn’t a designated area, try to search out other fellow sleepers. When you’re sleeping in a group you’re less likely to be bothered by fellow travelers. Airport lounges typically cost around $50 for access, but can also be a great place to find a quite place to lay your head.
Worried about your bags?
If you’re worried about your belongings while you’re shutting your eyes, try to sleep in an area where security or employees are nearby. In places where there is high foot traffic, you have a better chance of keeping your bags safe. If you know that you’ll have a long layover, try to pack light in your carry on, maybe just a backpack. This way you can use it for your pillow and not have to worry. If you have a larger rolling carry on, use it as a footrest and you’ll be sure to notice if someone tries to take it.
Worried about the light and noise?
If you’re like most of us, you want a quiet and dark place to shut your eyes. In this case, try to bring some headphones and music to block out any fellow travelers. You may also want to bring a scarf, jacket or maybe just some sunglasses to block out the light. A silk sleeping mask can also block out the light, providing for a more comfortable snooze.
Some of the best airports to sleep in are:
Singapore Changi Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Munich International Airport