Tips for Surviving the Early Flight

There is nothing worse than looking at your travel itinerary and see that you’re scheduled flight out of town is at 7 in the morning.  Although the time itself, 7am, doesn’t really conjure up all too many worries about lack of sleep, it’s the realization that you’ll likely need to be up 3 or 4 hours before that depending on where you’re flying to.  Below I have outlined some of the tricks of the trade to the surviving the early morning flight. 

Airport Hotels

I know that most people are probably trying to save money, but this is a splurge that is likely going to save you a massive struggle.  There is nothing better than being able to roll out of your comfy bed at one of the Bristol Airport hotels and scurry right down to the exit gate.  It will certainly save you the worry of racing through traffic or being stuck on a train stressed about the time.  There is a lot to be said about piece of mind.

Sleep in the Airport

If you’re really trying to save money, the Gatwick Hotels might be a little bit out of your price range.  Thus, sleeping in the airport makes for an escape.  Although it’s not exactly comfortable.  That being said, you’ll save a lot of money and you’ll have the added benefit of not having to travel to get to your take off point at all.

Sleep in your Car

Another massive money saving deal, but if you’re planning on leaving your car in Airport Parking anyways, just turn up the night before your flight and crash in the car with a sleeping bag.  Sure, it’s not for the unadventurous but it will save you some coin better spent on something like beer or cheesy souvenirs.   I’ve actually done this quite a few times, and had great success in doing so.

Stay up: Prepare for the Jet Leg

Although few think of doing this, you can actually take the opportunity to beat jet leg before leaving for your trip by, well, starting the symptoms early.  If you are travelling somewhere that is on a different clock, consider staying up the entire night before your early morning flight.  You can then sleep on the plane the entire day and wake up on the same schedule as the place you are going.  Obviously, this doesn’t always work.  But it’s fun to try.

Show up Later than you are Told

It happens to nearly all of us.  We get to the airport 3 hours ahead of time for our international flight just like we’re told only to be stuck in a line with all the people told the same thing.  Then, after about an hour we’re through customs and security waiting at the gate 2 hours too early.  Instead, if you show up a little bit later, the line will already have mostly processed, you’ll skip through security just after the morning rush and you’ll arrive at your gate with about 45 minutes to spare.  Just enough time for a nice breakfast and a coffee.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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