Have you ever found yourself stranded at the airport? I think we can safely assume that we've all been there at least once. I experienced this recently at Gatwick Airport while awaiting a flight that was supposed to take me to Los Angeles on a Wednesday afternoon. Unfortunately, the aforementioned flight didn't depart until midafternoon the next day. Mind you, this flight was never officially canceled. Rather, it was pushed back in half-hour increments for a total of 22 hours. Just my luck.
Luckily, I’d had a wonderful trip and used my positive energy and bag full of airport necessities to make it through a night at the airport without losing my patience. But there are a few things I really wish I had known before enduring the worst delay of my life. In light of that, I’ve put together a survival guide for extended airport layovers that should help you avoid some of the low points of my experience.
Ed. Note: This story was originally published on December 20, 2015, and has been updated by Sacha Strebe.