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1. Posted by egorter (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi,

I often find myself delayed at airports and at train stations. I was wondering whether anyone has any ways of coping in stressful and tiring situations where they have long distance trains or planes delayed/cancelled? Do you think that comfort, entertainment or information is the most essential need for you when you have to face travel disruption? Also, any ideas if there are any existing products available that can ease the pain of being trapped in a crowded airport overnight, etc...?

Thanks,

Elodie

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1628 posts) 4w 2 Star this if you like it!

A good book.

3. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 266 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

People-watch. Disconnect from any distraction and just zone out for a bit. Think.

Have a drink to take the edge off and kill time.

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 266 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

....and a lot of sudoku.

5. Posted by BeateR (Budding Member 76 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Sit in the next possible restaurant, sipping a glas of wine and watch people.
It's holiday, not work. So nobody can make you angry.

Beate

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2264 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I don't go anywhere without a book or two to read.

If you have to be at a certain place at a certain time do not wait to the last minute to book your transportation. If something is important don't try to arrive at the last minute. Crap happens!

Have your toothbrush and shaving kit with you if male. Always makes me feel better to wash my face and brush my teeth. Or even shave if delays are really long. Between flights I even have clean underwear in my carry on bag. I have been very happy to have spare clothing available for some of my very long delays!

I do have a laptop with me and will sign on if there is a free wifi. But reading a book will occupy most of my waiting time.

I do travel with a little coil for heating water for instant coffee. (Looks like samples in below link. You can buy these things cheaper than in the ad.) Spoon, coil, couple packs of instant coffee all fit in a plastic tumbler. Mine is 220 v. Works very slow in US where it is 110 volts but eventually it gets water hot.
https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Immersion-Water-Heater-Voltage/dp/B000AXS0UE

Sometimes starting from home - when there are very early morning flights - I will use a train to the airport and have a long wait. I just don't want to inconvenience friends or relatives to get up in the middle of the night to drive 40 miles to an airport and 40 miles back to their homes. Unfortunately my last train is around midnight hence a long wait to early morning departures. No big deal!

** I always have some cheap cookies or something to munch on with me too. Coming from my home I stuff a couple peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a bag and have that with me for when I know I will have a long delay between flights.

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No sense being bitter and angry over disruptions because crap can happen anywhere! As long as you are not in danger - go with the flow!

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1134 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Information always helps. We've been delayed up to 5 days and as long as we knew what was going on, it was okay. We could deal with it.

We never go anyplace without a good book. These days, I have my Kindle with a library on it. Most delays are a minor disturbance. Long delays require some sort of action so having as much information as possible is a big help.

Always have survival gear in your carryon . . . toothbrush, toothpaste, clean undies. Makes life much more pleasant.

8. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 89 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I know airports inside and out do to delays. I roam everywhere to move my legs before sitting down on a long flight to avoid leg problems. Got delayed years ago at Gatwick Airport in London no thanks to an air traffic controller strike. Plane took off at 3 am instead of 6 pm. Got delayed another time overnight in Osaka, Japan one trip because of a snow storm in Tokyo. Why what you pack in your carry on luggage is very important. I'm into photography and flying, so taking pics of airplanes is a fun occupation to kill time with. People watching is also a fun thing.

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10. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 154 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

If it is a long layover, some airlines have lounges. They can be a bit spendy to get into, but some are worth it. There will be free wifi, much better than what everyone else has. Snacks and beverages are available. It is not as noisy and much more comfortable. Typically there is a bar there and drinks, depending on the airlines are either discounted or free.