Since my flight was leaving early morning, i decided to travel down to London Gatwick Airport by the last train the evening before and try and get some sleep in the terminal. I was not the only one who had to resort to this type of accommodation for a night. Many others were there before me and had already taken up the “best ” places on the benches without arm rests, so that only left me one option and that was to find a relatively quiet and if possible draft proof area on the floor in which to rest my head on my backpack.

group airport sleep gatwick

group airport sleep gatwick

Wandering around the terminal i noticed  how many different sleeping positions travellers had adopted and asked myself how they were able to sleep comfortably in that position………… To pass some time i decided to photograph some of them.

airport sleeping with kayak

airport sleeping with kayak

 

airport sleeping Gatwick

airport sleeping Gatwick

 What is your favourite airport sleeping position?

airport sleeping at Gatwick

airport sleeping at Gatwick

So what do we travellers need to bear in mind when sleeping at an airport?

  • Floors can be cold, so bring along a sleeping mat or find some old newspaper to use as insulation
  • If you are disturbed by lights then pack some eye shades to block out the light
  • Ear plugs are a must as the airport intercom system works 24 hours with messages and updates for travellers
  • Make sure you have a bottle of water and a snack as most snack bars close overnight
  • If for some reason you cannot sleep then find a convenient place near to an electrical socket for charging your laptop or phone and watch a movie or listen to music.
  • Last of all make sure that if you do manage to sleep that you wake up for your flight check-in time by setting your mobile phone alarm clock. Another idea is to make a sign asking people to wake you at your desired hour if they see you still sleeping

 What other tips do you have??

airport sleep in Gatwick

airport sleep in Gatwick

 

airport sleep feet up

Have you any airport sleep experiences?? Let us know below in the comments…….

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