So you love traveling, but suffer from airport anxiety? I can totally relate to that. Airport anxiety is actually a thing! I’m here to tell you that if there is one trigger for anxiety abroad, it’s the airport.
Here’s why airports are not good for anxiety sufferers and how you can limit airport stress and travel anxiety at airports.
What Triggers Travel Anxiety?
What Triggers Anxiety at Airports…
- The Crowds – So many people all in one place can feel extremely stressful, especially at busy times when everyone is running past each other. Crowds can make you feel anxious and claustrophobic.
- Security – Will I get through in time for my plane? Will they confiscate my make up? Will they make me take my shoes off? Airport security anxiety is very real!
- Queues – Standing for long periods of time waiting can make you stressed and anxious.
- Duty-Free – Please, woman, get that perfume away from me! You have to walk through the busy shops even to get the gate, and there is no way around the perfume woman!
- The Gate – Where is my boarding pass? Do I have enough time to get from security to the Gate? What if I miss my plane?!
- Take off – Oh my God, will this thing even stay up there?!?!?
- ID Check – Which pocket did I put my passport in? Which language will the passport ID guy speak? Have I even got the right visa?!?!
- The Bag Carousel – Will my bag come out? Will my bag rip and display my undies for all to see on the carousel? Can I even grab my bag fast enough? And, what if I get the wrong one by mistake?!?!?!
How to relieve Airport Anxiety?
#1 Anxiety or panic attacks
- – If you do experience anxiety or panic attacks, in airports or otherwise, you need to seek advice from your GP. They may be able to offer you support or prescribe medication to curb your panic attacks. If you have a particular problem with flying, make sure that you talk to your doctor before you travel. Carry all necessary medication in your hand luggage. You can also check out this article on 43 tips for fearful flyers.
#2 Hand Luggage Only
- – If you are flying for only a week, and using a cheap airline such as Easyjet or Ryanair, consider flying hand-luggage only. However, you will avoid the massive queues at the check-in desk and be faster the other end because you won’t have to wait for your bags to come off the carousel.
#3 Prepare and Print all your Paperwork
- – This includes checking for visas, printing off a map of your final destination and writing down any phone numbers or email addresses that you will need in an emergency on arrival. Also, make sure that your smartphone has been charged to 100% and your boarding pass is printed if you have the opportunity to do online check-in.
- – Pre-package your hand luggage toiletries in a clear zip-lock bag and make sure that they are all less than 100ml.
Do you suffer from travel anxiety? If you have any tips, please share them below.
Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is so important as it will help you with emergencies and unexpected costs on your trip. Make sure that you declare any pre-existing health conditions so that you are covered for those. Check your cover for accidents and medical care and also lost baggage or getting things stolen. Remember to report as soon as something goes wrong on your trip because some travel insurance companies require you to report something that you want to claim for within 24 hours. Read the fine print carefully when you sign up. I always recommend World Nomads. You can get a free quote here:
Further Reading – Travel and Anxiety
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