A few months ago, I put pen to paper and wrote about airport travel hacks which are useful to know. I also did one about room hacks, featuring things you’d already find in a hotel by default. These both went down a treat with you all, which is why I wanted to come back with a part 2 on airport tips. I’ve tried to keep the tips as universal as possible, meaning it shouldn’t matter too much which airport you fly from or arrive to. For additional certainty, I’ve tested out the below points in various airports and have asked my friends from across the globe to do the same. Let’s get into the highly-requested part 2.
Need a simple snack? Get your pots out.
You know those convenient little pre-packaged ramen, porridge or instant rice pots? Pop a few into your bag because you’ll be able to get a little food in you with just hot water. As someone who is gluten-free, you can imagine how hard it is to find suitable snacks when at the airport, besides the typical industrial-tasting brownie, so that’s when I started to bring my own oatmeal pots with me for long journeys. This tip is also handy if you’re travelling on a budget or don’t want food which will spoil across a long day of travelling. Just try to avoid getting the water from a plane if possible! Read my previous post on airplane insights to find out why: Airplane Secrets You Might Want To Know About…
Can’t carry all your bags at once? Invest in a luggage clip.
Let’s be honest, airports sell a lot of pointless accessories. However, one of the most underrated items surely has to be the luggage clip? This tiny piece of kit has been a major game-changer for when I travel alone, as it literally stacks multiple bags/suitcases together. You’ll also not have to worry about having coins on hand for the airport trolleys when you’ve got all your suitcases strapped onto each other.
Complimentary services are exactly that, complimentary.
A lot of people feel hesitant to approach the free facials or makeovers at duty-free for fear that there will be a hidden cost but trust me on this. Prior to the pandemic, my friend flying from London Gatwick used to get complimentary facials all the time. Another one of my friends had fragrance consultations. In fact, after looking up the complimentary services at World Duty Free groups, there was even reference to the fact these services were free of charge and that they typically take between 2-10 minutes. If you have the time, and I mean who doesn’t at an airport unless running severely late, it’s worth seeing what there is available as you’ll almost always walk away with samples or relevant information. These samples are a dream for travelling because they tend to be the perfect size for a short trip.
Zip-lock bag your phone and passport.
You know when you go to the bathroom and have nowhere to put your phone and passport other than the wet surface near the sink? Putting your passport/boarding pass/phone in one of those clear airport bags helps SO MUCH. Self-explanatory but items stay dry, clean and less likely to be lost. Win win situation.
Yes, make your luggage noticeable but be cautious.
We all know that making our suitcases identifiable to ourselves is a good idea, but be careful with how this is done. Allow me to explain. A few years ago I put a few ribbons, luggage tags and string to my suitcase so that I could be sure it was mine on the carousel. Well, it turns out that multiple tags got stuck onto the conveyor belt, meaning staff had to damage part of my bag to get the conveyor belt moving again. It was definitely awkward at the time. One of my friends also had a similar experience where her plastic bag ribbon got caught, meaning the whole zip on her bag had to be ripped off. That’s why I rely on taping a sticky note onto suitcases with a hard shell. If I have a suitcase which is made from a soft material, I put thick Sellotape in a contrasting colour all over the handle.
Don’t want tangled necklaces? Use a straw.
It sounds crazy but if you pick up a few straws from food spots at the airport, you’ll be able to keep your necklaces or bracelets completely tangle-free. Just undo the fastening of the chain and slide one end down a straw then clip it back together. Sure, it might look strange but your jewellery will be so easy to take off and store.
Hopefully these points will help to make the whole airport process a lot less stressful, although at this point I miss airports so much I wouldn’t even mind a lil stress hahaha.
See you in the next post!