Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Voyages of Vivienne: sleeping in airports
Vivienne and I have both traveled a lot, and both of us have had to sleep in airports more times than we care to remember. It's an acquired skill; perhaps you can benefit from our shared experience. (and the insights of the hysterically fun and useful http://blog.sleepinginairports.com/)
Worst case, without doubt, was late summer at the Norfolk Virginia airport. We were informed, in rapid succession, that (1) no more flights would be leaving on the night in question (it's about 10 pm when we're told this), (2) there are no hotel rooms available in town, (3) TSA has gone home for the night, so if we leave the airport, we have to stay OUTSIDE all night, and (4) all concessionaires are closed for the night.
So here's the choice - sit outdoors on the curb where it's hot, and swat mosquitoes all night, or stay in the airport. (toilets in the airport = no decision to be made, in my world)
Air-conditioning in the airport runs 24/7. Temperature in the airport, by 10 pm, is hovering somewhere in the meat locker range. Hundreds of people wearing shorts, tee shirts, or sundresses are now miserably cold.
Happily, we had to retrieve our luggage and keep it with us during the night, and I had socks, loafers, long pants and a hooded sweatshirt in my bag. While I wasn't comfortable sleeping on the icy tile floors, I was in a better circumstance than most.
Final advice: always consider the possibility, when packing, that you will encounter unseasonable weather, or horrendous delays, or a flight re-routing that takes you someplace unexpected. Not that you need to pack a parka and mukluks, but something versatile that will stave off frostbite might be wise.