If you’re one of the millions of Americans taking a plane this holiday season, you’re probably stressed about the airport. On the off chance that you experience any delays or cancellations, fear not, as this could give you time to cross some things off your to-do list.
If you find yourself aimlessly scrolling your phone at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, here are some suggestions to keep you from falling into a void of refreshing your Facebook feed.
Get Holiday Shopping Done
The best method to staving off insanity is being productive. If you’re planning on giving gifts later this year, the earlier you start the better. BWI has a good amount of retail stores, with most offering the availability to shop online to avoid the need for additional luggage. If you have room to fit, there are a few cosmetic, makeup, and tech stores throughout the airport to grab some stocking stuffers.
Your best bet is to start with the big retailers. Amazon, BestBuy, and Walmart always have strong deals, but every seller is going to be offering something. Don’t settle for the first deal you find; compare, price-check, and be thorough. You and your flight aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so use the time to your advantage.
Stay In, Hit The Weights Or The Playground
Say you’ve got some time to kill, but not quite enough to explore. The airport itself offers an exhaustive list of opportunities to get out of your seat near the loading gate and have a good time within the walls of BWI.
The fitness facilities in the airport give you the chance to run off that leftover piece of pie or stuffing. Equipped with two trail loops throughout the concourse, both 1K in distance, awaiting passengers have the chance to get cardio work in while staying within earshot of boarding calls. There’s also a hiking/biking trail surrounding the entire airport — approximately 12.5 miles total — giving you fresh air and a view of the planes as they take off. BWI offers bikes, available to be reserved, should this course interest you.
Additionally, the ROAM Fitness gym gives you access to dumbbells and weight benches, as well as clothing rentals and showers. If you’re up for a lighter workout, a walk around the building will lead you to find some great exhibits.
The Observation Gallery on the upper level and various art displays scattered throughout the concourse provide a welcome distraction for adults, while the children’s play area gives the youngest passengers a place to have some fun outside of their iPad. A meditation room is also available, giving you designated quiet time to decompress.
Econopark Express – BWI Airport Off-Site Parking – Just $7.85 (plus .60 tax) when you make a reservation online
– If you are in need of airport parking be sure to make your reservation at Econopark Express.
Econopark Express offers FREE shuttle service to and from the airport, BWI rental car facility, and BWI Amtrak station. Parking and shuttle service includes pick up at your vehicle, help with luggage and complimentary bottled water for the short shuttle ride.
Econopark Express also has a Frequent Parker Program that rewards members with free parking. Earn a future free day of parking for every six paid days of parking.
If the cold weather takes its toll on your car while you are away, Econopark offers a courtesy battery jump start, as well as tire inflation if they get low.
It’s that easy! Enroll, park, and earn with Econopark Express. Then, savor the rewards and use your savings for the upgrades inside BWI.