Walking through the doors of an airport can be quite an experience, especially during peak travel times. Business travelers who are frequenting the airport may feel like they are more used to the hustle and bustle, but there are many ways in which they, or any traveler in fact, can unwind before a flight.
First things first, knowing where you are in relation to airport shops is key to starting off on the right foot. Airports can be complex, and even if you are frequently in and out of certain hub airport locations, you still might not know what is just around the corner from your gate. The United mobile app is right at your fingertips and has maps for United hub airport locations readily available for quick reference. Additionally, through the mobile app, you can access personal device entertainment on most flights to help you disconnect from work and focus on relaxing and recharging.
It can be difficult to decide how early you should arrive at the airport, but giving yourself more time to unwind before a flight may be beneficial. United Club and lounge locations are a great option for some pre-flight relaxation time. Enjoy a glass of your favorite wine, grab some snacks or simply charge up your devices while surfing the web, all in a comfortable atmosphere.
Different airports also offer dedicated spaces and options for travelers to take advantage of before a flight. At San Francisco International Airport, inside of United Terminal 3, there are two XpresSpa locations that offer services such as massages, facials, manicures and even hair services, in case you need a trim or a blowout before touching down for a meeting. In this terminal there is also a yoga room, which is completely free of charge and is there to help travelers devote some self-reflection time.
You’ve reached cruising altitude — now what? Taking care of your mind and body in the air is just as important as before or after a flight. If you plan on ordering an adult beverage, try to balance each sip with a sip of water to help keep yourself hydrated. United offers inflight snacks and meals (some available for purchase, depending on cabin service), so take the time to feed those cravings, but don’t over-indulge. For longer flights, stand up and walk around. Our blood needs to circulate, so stretching, even if just your fingers and toes while you’re seated, can be helpful. Our skin also tends to dry up during flights, so don’t be afraid to over-moisturize – carrying a personal inflight toiletry kit with the essentials is a good habit to have. Time zones can also wreak havoc on our bodies, so if possible, prepare for long-haul flights by adjusting your sleep patterns a couple of nights before so that jetlag doesn’t take over upon landing.
Whether you are traveling weekly, monthly or yearly, being away from home can be stressful. Find ways to ensure that your experience is more enjoyable than taxing, whether that means spending time at a United Club location or other lounge, or some time in a yoga room, alone with your thoughts. For business travelers on the go, the key to wellness is to dedicate some well-deserved “me” time. With a myriad of options at most airports, especially at hub airport locations, you can easily be on your way toward a stress-free trip.