Whether you have a long layover or are rushing between terminals, these top five tips will help you to survive airport transit and come out the other end smiling.
One: Get moving
Sitting down for long periods of time isn't good for your body, but it's a necessary evil of long-haul flights. Your time in transit at the airport may be your only chance to get up and move around. So forget slumping in exhaustion on the couch at the coffee shop. Get up and move around. If you have a long layover, take a walk around the airport. Look in the shops, check out the exhibitions airports often have on show or even find yourself a bathroom and take a shower. Anything to stay upright and moving. If you only have a short time and are stuck moving straight from one plane to another via security, don't just stand still in the queue. Use it as a chance to have a stretch, walk on the spot and work the kinks out of your neck.
Two: Stay hydrated
Aeroplanes are heavily air conditioned, which means it is easy to become dehydrated without realising. Dehydration causes fatigue, can leave you cranky and will definitely make your jet-lag worse at the other end. Airports are just as air conditioned as aeroplanes, so no matter where you are during your trip be sure to stay hydrated. While you are in transit nobody will be offering you cups of water from a hospitality trolley, so buy yourself a bottle of water and set yourself a time limit in which to finish drinking. For those who are environmentally conscious and like to bring a bottle to refill, some airports only supply warm water in the bathrooms, so be aware that you may not be able to make use of it.
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