Travel days are almost always tiring, but when you have a long layover, it can be completely exhausting. Sure, there are benefits to a long layover, like not having to run from Terminal A to Terminal Z to catch your flight, being able to browse shops and restaurants, and even getting some needed shut-eye.
Here are our top 5 tips to help you refresh during your layover:
1. Re-Hydrate Your Body
Staying hydrated is essential to staying healthy and keeping your stamina up. You may ration your water on the airplane, but when you’re on solid ground, drink up! It’s wise to carry a refillable water bottle with you when traveling; it’s good for the environment and it means you can refill for free at water fountains in the airport. Water and sports drinks with electrolytes can give you an extra boost of energy during your layover. Avoid drinks with caffeine and sugary energy drinks and you’ll avoid crashing later.
2. Refresh Yourself
Take some time in the restroom to refresh your face. In the middle of a long travel day, washing your face and brushing your teeth can help you feel cleaner, happier and refreshed. If you don’t want to commit to a full hygiene routine in the bathroom, carry some convenient on-the-go products that can help you refresh anywhere. Cleansing face wipes and one-time-use toothbrushes can be found in the travel section of convenience and grocery stores and make it easy to freshen up while traveling. You may also want to do some quick stretches to wake up your body after being in tight quarters on your flight.
3. Recharge Your Gadgets
A long layover is an ideal time to make sure all of your electronic devices are fully charged. Most airports have charging stations to make it easy to boost your battery. If you don’t see a charging station, scan the walls around your gate and look for any columns nearby. Typically you can find a quiet place to plug in. Recharging during your layover will ensure you have entertainment on your next flight, plus the ability to navigate once you arrive in your destination.
4. Re-fuel Your Energy
Trust us, airport food is much better than airplane food, as long as you know what to look for. Sure, a fast food lunch or a meal of convenient snacks is easy and cheap, but it’s best to re-fuel with fresh produce and protein. Look for a restaurant that seems more local, or head to the refrigerated section of a convenience shop. Eating healthy on a long travel day can really help you feel better.
5. Renew Your Mindset
It’s easy to get hung-up on the frustrations of your travel journey. Making sure you have everything on your list, arriving on time, going through security… it’s not a picnic. But we recommend you renew your mindset during a long layover. Take some time to think about the wonderful parts of your journey. Anticipate the exciting things you’ll do at your destination or reflect on the wonderful vacation you are returning from. Reflect, be thankful, and enjoy your journey.