How to avoid airport boredom

By: Keith Barrett

Being stuck at an airport for hours on end can be a draining experience. Even the world's largest airports make less than ideal locations to spend more than an hour or so.

From the uncomfortable chairs to the loud announcements, it seems that airport lounges are not conducive to relaxing. Although many airports will include a number of stores within the airport terminal buildings, such stores are often over-priced, making the entire experience even less pleasurable.

Don't worry though - help is at hand.

There are some simple tips that you can use to ensure that you're stay is much more pleasant. Much of what you can do needn't be expensive and simply requires a little planning.

Firstly, when packing for your trip, it's always worth packing some food and drink (if authorised) in your hand luggage.

This is particularly useful if you are travelling with children, allowing you to provide a simple snack without paying exorbitant airport prices.

With many of us travelling using budget airlines, packing a bite to eat can often come in handy on the actual flight too, since it's now less common to see in-flight refreshments provided as standard.

Another tip is to pack as much "entertainment" as possible in your hand luggage. Once again, this is particularly important if you are travelling with children who are likely to be bored easily.

Personal MP3 players can be great for relaxing and blocking out the noise of the airport surroundings (though make sure that you don't miss any important announcements!)

Books are always a simple option, while puzzle books and travel games are great for keeping children entertained.

Using a selection of these tips, you should be able to keep yourself and your family entertained and well-fed during your time at the airport.

Hopefully you won't encounter too many flight delays in future, but it's always worth being prepared, just in case!

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