The travel influencer known as @girlvsglobe crafted a guide on how to get some sleep in airports after experiencing significant hold-ups. She offered a variety of advice, such as fastening your luggage to yourself to avoid theft and choosing to sleep on your belly. The act of sleeping in airports turns out to be a fairly widespread practice, inspiring numerous online guides.
A travel influencer who encountered delays en route to Mexico created a guide detailing her preferred methods for sleeping in airports. In a video clip released last week that garnered over 800,000 views, the TikToker @girlvsglobe advised individuals to pass through airport security before selecting a sleeping spot, as gate areas typically offer more seats and food choices. (However, she was resting in a baggage claim area because she was unable to go through security at the time.)
@Girlvsglobe offered additional advice to make an awful sleeping situation as secure and cozy as possible. “The choice of clothing is crucial,” she noted, displaying the multiple layers she had on. “I’m not pleased about it, but I did take this blanket from my flight,” she confessed. “The airline is to blame for my ten-hour layover here.”
The TikToker also presented an unorthodox yet practical idea to physically attach luggage to oneself as a security measure to deter theft. She demonstrated how she fastened her backpack to her wrist using her blue earbud cords. “This is my makeshift solution,” she stated.
That evening, she mentioned she had no choice but to sleep in a row of seats with armrests, making lying on her stomach the only feasible option. The online community expressed gratitude for her tips, with some seasoned travelers contributing their own, like seeking out a quiet corner and using luggage as a headrest. One individual mentioned they once slept “behind the car rental desk.” While most viewers concurred that sleeping in airports is dreadful, a minority admitted to finding it enjoyable. “An empty airport seemed like the safest place on Earth,” one user commented.
The phenomenon of airport sleeping is regrettably common, leading to a plethora of online guides. Back in 2012, Insider showcased an infographic by the travel deals site Travel Supermarket, which proposed various spots for ideal sleeping, such as window sills and cushioned chairs. The infographic also advised purchasing specific items like sleep-enhancing balms and “SleepPhones,” bands that wrap around your head to block out light and hold earbuds in place if you doze off to ambient sounds.
Other TikTokers have also gained attention for sharing their top tips for surviving a night at the airport. Earlier this year, TikToker @kaylaihrig suggested bringing a belt or lock to fasten bags to permanent structures in the airport and to carry food and water in case shops are closed. She displayed how she made what could have been a miserable night more bearable with a full array of pizza, hummus, and a protein shake, and mentioned she watched Netflix until she dozed off.