Even though most of us associate traveling, and flying in particular, with vacations and a means to relieve the stress, it most certainly adds pressure and stress as well, especially to those who fly frequently for work. Because let’s face it, airports are not the most relaxing places in the world. With the long lines, crowds and delays, the stress of airports can really get to you. In order to help you to better cope with the stress of frequent flying, here is a list of 10 methods that can help.
Before You Get to the Airport
The first tip refers to finding affordable parking at airports, which can save you money and a headache. You want to avoid the initial stress and get to the airport in time, and at the same time make sure that you’ll be able to leave your car at a safe and easy-to-access place. That’s why you should research parking options beforehand. The perfect solution would be to find a parking spot that is both close to the airport and reasonably priced. In this way, you are able to reach the airport terminal in no time, and in the same manner, to quickly get to the car on your way back.
Do Your Research
Proper preparation will save you a lot of stress concerning possible cancellations or luggage problems. Before each flight, be sure to check the specifics of the air company, airport and the flights. Check the baggage allowances, in-flight amenities, passenger rights, etc. Also, make sure you have an AirBnB booked in advance as well.
Check In on Time
Utilize the life-saving feature airlines provide – online check-in. By checking in online in the period of 24 hours before the flight, you are reducing the amount of airport stress in half by not having to wait in long lines, and not missing the flight altogether in the case of an overcrowded flight.
If you suffer from panic attacks due to flying there are three ways I have dealt with this in the past. One is by having a few drinks, no really feasible for morning flights, or if I have a meeting directly after landing. This method and the next really kill the whole day.
The second is by taking some sort of anti-anxiety meds. This worked for me for a few year, but again I would just sleep the rest of the day.
Then one day I decided to really deal with problem. I went to a therapist and learned some anxiety coping strategies. This has been the best long term solution enabling me to be okay with flying and enjoy the rest of the day after landing.
Book the Seats Strategically
If you are travelling with a friend or a colleague, make sure to book the seat by the window and another one by the aisle. This strategy, although it sounds scheming, can actually make you some additional space for you stuff and turn your flights into a much more enjoyable experience. The trick actually works, except in the cases of overcrowded flights, since people won’t usually decide to sit in the middle. Therefore, you can have the seat in between for yourselves.
Waiting in security lines on weekends and holidays can be exhausting and nerve-wracking, especially if you fear missing the flight. Keep this in mind and try to arrive as early as possible to minimise the stress related to this aspect of air travel. You can always find something to do if you arrive early at the terminal, as opposed to not arriving in time.
Prepare for Delays
As there’s nothing you can do to prevent the delayed flight, you can help yourself and reduce the stress by preparing food, water and things to do to entertain yourself. Bring a book, prepare your favourite music, play a game if you’re travelling with someone, or use this time to respond to emails or write a to-do list.
Make a Packing List
Even though it seems silly to some, having a packing list prevents those scary moments at the airport when you are frantically going through your bag only to find that you forgot something really important. Solve this problem once and for all by creating a general packing list that can be modified for each particular trip so that it provides an untroubled airport experience.
Charge Your Device Batteries
As you have probably learned by now, you never know what might happen at the airport. You don’t want to add a dead phone or computer battery situation to the trouble. Even though a lot of airports are offering outlets and charging stations these days, you would want to be sure that you would have at least your phone operating in case you need it. Charge your device batteries at home before each flight.
When travelling for work, there are not too many choices when it comes to wearing comfortable clothes; however, fashion has never been more comfortable. Even business clothing is incorporating a more relaxed and comfortable approach. Make sure to have comfortable formal options, made from wrinkle-free materials. This will allow for faster and more comfortable movement at the busy airports. Layered clothing is another must when it comes to air travel clothing as it will help you prepare for different temperatures at the airport, on the plane, and at the destination.
Use the Airport Lounge
Airport lounges are one of the best ways to avoid the hectic atmosphere of the airports. They provide a peaceful and relaxing place to rest, eat, have a drink, or read a book while waiting for your flight. If your ticket or class don’t allow access to the airline’s lounge, you can always buy a day pass. It is an affordable and convenient way to reduce the stress of frequent flying.