Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Alice Travels: "Camping" at the Airport

Camping overnight at the airport is, actually, doable. I was toying with the idea of sleeping over at the airport during my Kota Kinabalu (KK) trip last week, and I did it! Here's my strategy:

Friday, 1 February
I had about six hours to kill at the airport, thanks to Air Asia for rescheduling my original 5 PM flight to 3 PM (for Penang-Kuala Lumpur). So, on top of the buffer I created for my 9.25 p.m. KL-KK flight that night (Air Asia is notorious for flight delays), I now have additional hours to manage.

I decided to go to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) instead of remaining at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). The most economical way to get to KLIA would be through the Airport Liner.

I paid RM2.50 one way for the airport shuttle from LCCT to KLIA. The trip takes 30 minutes.

What I did at KLIA: I browsed at the airport bookshop. I parked myself at Cafè Barbera with a cup of cappuccino and a banana puff (paid RM20). I wrote a blog post (see Alice Reads: PLATFORM by Michael Hyatt) where I shared with you what resonated with me about blogging; in which I also asked you, my dear friends, about your thoughts.

Sunday, 3 February
This was the night I returned from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, and spent the night at the airport. I arrived at LCCT almost midnight and just in time to catch the last shuttle to KLIA. Again, I decided to camp at KLIA because it's way more comfortable. I didn't sleep, but had supper at the 24-hour McDonald's and worked throughout the night uploading photos of the trip. At 8.30 AM (4 February), I flew back to Penang.

What I brought to camp at the airport: Even though the initial plan was to sleep at the airport, I didn't. But still, I brought along a few essentials I thought were important to pull it off. I brought with me...

  • Travel pillow (the one where you place around your neck)
  • A pashmina (acting blanket to cover up) 
  • Eye pad (to wrap around the eyes so that the lighting will not bother me)
  • Water
  • Snacks

What I didn't bring, though, were ear plugs. I'm not a fan of those, so I didn't bother with them, but if noise is a huge concern for you, you should take them along.


That's it! Have you ever slept or "camp"at the airport?