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Sleeping in Airports
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WHY SLEEP IN AIRPORT
- So you do not miss and early flight.
- Save money.
- In Europe it is very difficult to find rooms and sometimes it is
easier to avoid the reservation hassle and just sleep in the airport on
the train or bus.
- Floor is cold so you need sleeping bag or blanket.
- Set an alarm clock.
- Tie bags together and put road around your leg.
- Protect your shoes or tie to bag.
- Showering in the toilet is common.
- Coffee can be made from sink in toilet.
- Police will check sometimes if you have a plane ticket.
- If you speak a different language than the local language the police
will understand you sleeping in the airport better.
- A checked bag will keep you from being able to reach the departure
area the night before where it is easier and better to sleep.
- Bring food and water or you could spend more on these items than you
saved by sleeping in the airport.
- Carry an extra two shirts in your carry on bag.
BAGGAGE OR CARRY ON
Probably more than anything you do, or think about when sleeping in an
Airport, Trains, or Bus Station is what you have in your carry on bag that
is easily accessible. When I first started to travel I purchase just a
normal small backpack as my carryon. But now I have my custom made maximum
sized smaller backpack to carry as much weight and baggage as possible with
me on the plane or any type of transportation.
WHERE TO SLEEP?
- Departure area is better normally and safer than the check in area.
So if you go beyond the customs are area and in the areas to wait for
the plane to leave this is better. The problem with this is you normally
need a boarding pass.
- Carpet floors are better as tile or concrete floors will transfer
the heat from your body faster and make you cold.
- Do not sleep near any common walk way as this brings you to the
attention of security.
- Do not ask permission normally because the answer will probably be
- The chairs or couches in the airports have arm or separation
barriers to keep people from lying down on them, although it is
possible, but you may find it more comfortable to lie on the floor.
- Security police.
- Theft of bags or small items while you sleep.
- No alarm clock so you could miss and early flight.
- Food is very expensive.
- Lights can keep you awake.
- Getting to your checked baggage to change your clothes.