|Botanical garden at Singapore airport|
I figure I need to be able to carry my own luggage on any trip to I never take big suitcases unless absolutely necessary. I pack clothes I can mix and match, often things I can discard before the return trip so that I can replace them with souvenirs or newly acquired books.
I even just succumbed to buying an iPad so that I can take 100 books (or more?) and not have the weight.
For security, be sure to pull out your laptop (not iPad), take coat and jackets off. Only in the US do you need to remove shoes and a ziploc bags of liquids.
Now you can find your gate at your leisure and read a book.
One of my favorite airports in the world is Singapore. It boasts tranguil gardens, including one with cacti and a butterfly garden. A quick monorail ride will take you to each terminal so that you can stroll through each garden.
The Taiwan airport, too, has orchid gardens and fabulous massage chairs. For a free token (to obtain in any airport shop) you can sit in a quiet corner and get a great, albeit mechanical, massage!
My favorite airport pharmacy is in Hong Kong where they sell little tins of Golden Dragon coughdrops. The best.
Airports often have machines. An eye scanning machine welcomes me back to Canada. Best Buy now has machines dispensing eletronics such as headsets, even iPads. I wonder who really buys a new iPad from a vending machine? Hhhmm...
But the best machine I ever spotted was in Heathrow, of all places. A book vending machine! Now there's hope it you ever run out of reading materials while traveling.