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Think comfort. A few hours in an airport will be a lot easier to take if you bring along some comfort items like a travel pillow, shawl or small blanket, soft socks, etc. Wear clothes you can relax in, too.

Bring along some entertainment. Nowadays, airports have plenty of outlets available to charge and power your electronics. So do not hesitate to fill your carry-on bag with your laptop or tablet, electronic reader, handheld gaming device, MP3 player, etc. You may want to pick up a good paperback novel and maybe a puzzle book, too.

A long layover is never a welcome part of air travel, but sometimes it is impossible to avoid an extended wait between flights. Here are a few ways to make your next lengthy layover a better experience.

Helpful Tips

Enjoy a nice meal. Airports are full of fast food restaurants for people in a hurry, but many also provide high quality restaurants offering delicious gourmet fare.

Take a walk. Sitting in one position for a long time increases the risk of developing a blood clot. After a long plane ride, a walk around the terminal can help get your blood circulating. Wear your walking shoes or pack them in your carry-on.

Relax and recharge. If you are traveling alone, it probably isn’t a good idea to sleep during a layover, but you can rest and unwind. You may even want to meditate. Just sit comfortably, empty your mind, and concentrate on your breathing. Do that for about 15 minutes and you will feel more tranquil and refreshed.

Check out the action on the runway. If you sit in a location with a view of the runway, you may be surprised by how entertained you may be. The activities on the runway can be a lot like a stage production. There is always something going on out there.

People watch. Airports attract all kinds of interesting people. It can be fun to get creative and imagine background stories for the folks you see walking by as you sit and wait for a flight.

Making the Most of a Long Layover

Find a smart place to park. Think about the logistics of where the best spot to sit will be in terms of vicinity to restrooms, restaurants, shops, and the gate for your next flight. If you are traveling with other people, take turns going to the restroom, stretching their legs, or grabbing a meal or snack.

Pamper Yourself. A lot of airport terminals are home to upscale salons and day spas. Stop in for a massage, facial, manicure, or a pedicure.

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