Wednesday, 4 May 2011

How to pull an all-nighter at the airport

Ok, most normal people get a room when they have to spend the night in a strange city, but if you’re a cheapie*, like me, then the following advice might come in handy.

  • Dress wisely: if you are planning to sleep on a bench or in a chair, a long jacket can serve as a blanket, a thick sweater can be used as a hoodie, you can tie stuff with a scarf, etc.
  • Bring food: starving in the middle of the night is not fun and usually everything is closed at the airport.
  • Make sure you have some local currency for coffee and snack machines.
  • Make sure that you have an adaptor for all your charges. The first time I was stuck at a Swiss airport my laptop died on me because they use different sockets here.
  • For obvious reasons it might be a good idea to bring some personal hygiene products in your hand luggage.
  • And the obvious: you  probably won’t sleep all night, so bring lots of interesting things to do: books, games, company….

* a cheapie is a person who doesn’t want to spend money on hotels, and uses the pretext of studying as a cover up for the real state of affairs.


Hello from my own little corner at Zurich airport.

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