Camping Out at the Airport
A gal-friendly gadget offers some rest for the weary business traveler
It finally happened. Travelers have started to realize that being stuck at an airport for several hours – or even overnight – isn’t something to take lightly. First off, you’re often stuck without food or bottled water because the shops are all closed. Second, you likely forgot to bring that handy flask filled with peach schnapps to lull you to sleep. Third, you’re in a fight for your life as you try to find a comfortable spot to rest your head for a few hours. And taking off your eye makeup? Forget it. The best solution, of course, is to sign up for an airline’s club membership or buy a day pass, the latter of which is available for around $50 a day. Barring that option, your next best bet could be to create your own oasis in the middle of terminal C.
The New York Times recently reported on the new Mini Motels, which can be propped up – even by a camp-phobic girl like me – anywhere you want. Frank Giotto, a business traveler, designed the one-person tent, which comes with an air mattress, a pillow, a reading light, an alarm clock, a toothbrush, toothpaste, ear plugs and eye shades. It sells for $39.95.
Ah, if only they had made this back in the ’80s, when my mother made me attend plenty of horrendous sleepover birthday parties.