Posted September 3, 2013 by SmarterTravel.com
Whether it's due to a long layover or bad weather, or just to save money, sometimes you need to be able to catch a few Z's at the airport. Unfortunately, it's not just a matter of closing your eyes and counting sheep. Sleeping in a high-traffic place like an airport can be tricky and stressful. Here's how to sleep in public without putting yourself (or your stuff) at risk.
Keep your bag safe from would-be thieves by using it as a pillow while you snooze. Short of putting a lock on every zipper, your best bet is to position the bag so that the zipper-side faces your sleeping surface (floor, chair, cot, etc.) or lace the bag's straps around your legs.
Tune out the hustle and bustle of the airport through sensory deprivation. Use an eye mask, earplugs, headphones, and a neck pillow, and then drape a sweater or blanket over you. (It's not for everyone, but you might also consider an Ostrich Pillow.) To avoid being a target for thieves, it's best to do this only when you're with a travel partner who can keep an eye out.
Speaking of travel partners, if you're traveling with a companion, sleep in shifts. This way, one of you can keep an eye on the bags (and each other) while the other catches some shut-eye. After a predetermined amount of time, switch places. You'll both get the rest and security you need.
Spas are everywhere these days, even at airports. Look for these ubiquitous havens in many domestic and international terminals across the country. Massage-induced shut-eye counts toward your sleep needs, too.
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