How to survive multiple layovers at different airports: 3 Must-Have Items
My family, M and I were travelling to Singapore from Toronto. We knew that we had one layover in the States, one in Hong Kong, and then it goes to Singapore.
What we didn’t know was that the flight to Washington got cancelled due to weather, and we had to be rerouted to Newark and San Francisco, before taking the flight to Hong Kong, and then Singapore.
It was crazy.
The layovers were short so we need to rush from one gate to the other. There was no food provided on the plane because each was short, except for the one to Hong Kong. It really drains you and the people you are travelling with.
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Someone actually got sick the day after we arrived in Singapore. I think it’s because of the lack of sleep and the crazy stressful schedule.
If you book a flight somewhere that has multiple layovers, or if you’re worried your flight might get cancelled and you get into the situation we got in, here are some ways to survive them:
If you know you have multiple layovers because you booked them and they are cheaper, stock up on snacks. If not, buy snacks in advance or at the airport.
It’ll be a lifesaver, especially when you’re trying to find the next gate or that someone in the group is starving on the plane. With all that movement and running around, you’ll be sure to be hungry.
Why not just buy food at the layover? Well, sometimes, the line is long and the wait for the food is ever longer which you don’t have time when you have more than 5 people travelling with you.
Some short distance flights do not have an in-flight entertainment system. You have a game that you want to play, listen to music, or watch a video you loaded on your phone, but you don’t want to waste your phone battery.
There’s a solution: portable chargers. You can charge your phone while on the plane if they do not have a plug or on the go while you’re travelling around.
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Comfortable shoes are always a good idea when travelling. It definitely helps when you’re waiting for your next flight or getting from one terminal to another. Walking around, lugging around your luggage, carrying bag packs, and figuring out where you need can be less stressful when you’re wearing comfortable shoes.
So, next time you have these multiple layovers, try these tips and let me know how it goes.