7th Dec 2018
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Five things flight attendants never forget to pack
Author: Liv Gardiner
Five things flight attendants never forget to pack

Flight attendants, along with being graceful, patient and hardworking are also enticingly mysterious. Just what are they carrying in those tiny little bags of theirs? When you travel the world for a living, you work out pretty quickly which carry-on items are a must. Here are the five essential travel items airhostesses never forget.

Pyjamas
It sounds obvious doesn’t it? Of course, you pack pyjamas on any overnight – let alone overseas – trip. But you’d be surprised just how many people pack them in their check-in luggage, meaning once the flight takes off, they’re stranded in their day clothes, or can’t get cosy when waiting for a connecting flight. Flight attendants are required to carry their uniform pyjamas whenever travelling for more than seven hours, so they can get comfy – yet remain identifiable – on their rest breaks.

Flat shoes
We’ve all got the image of a row of elegant airhostesses, hair swept back, dressed immaculately, wheeling mini suitcases as they strut through the airport in heels. But think about it. How many times have you seen them actually serving in those shoes during the flight? The answer is not much, as they all carry a pair of flats, so that once the cabin door is closed, they can slip into something more practical. While arriving in a new city in slippers might not be ideal, learning from the experts and keeping a pair handy on the journey over might make a world of difference.

Portable pharmacy
Am I the only one who always seems to get sick on a flight? I swear I walk on at peak health and stagger off with red eyes and a cough to wake the dead. Why not take it into your own hands? The experts do. Along with never forgetting to pack prescription medication and accompanying medical documentation – some countries have strict security around them – here are a few medical essentials:

  • hand sanitiser – to minimise your chance of picking up whatever is making that bloke a few seats over sound like that
  • painkillers – so you won’t have to stress about any random headaches
  • cold and flu tablets – because let’s be honest, that snuffling guy is really, really bad at covering his mouth when he sneezes
  • something to help you sleep – in case you’re a nervous flyer or simply can’t get a wink in with the engines whirring – it’s always important to have the option of snoozing through it all.

 

Universal power adapter
Regardless of where you land, you know you’ll need food, a place to sleep and somewhere to charge your devices. Knowing you have a universal adapter in your carry-on means you won’t have to worry about losing the use of your phone or camera, even when you’re on a stopover.

Toothbrush
Please, for the sake of all those around you, don’t make the mistake of stowing your toothbrush in your check-in luggage before you jump on a plane. Airhostesses, to maintain their professional finish, never travel anywhere without one on hand. They learn quite quickly, after serving people who may not feel the same passion for personal hygiene, just how unpleasant the alternative can be on those around them.

Will you be taking these tips from the travel experts themselves? What other essential items do you recommend taking in your carry-on?

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    johninmelb
    8th Dec 2018
    7:38am
    We DO NOT have "air hostesses" any more. We moved on a long long time ago from that sexist term. Perhaps you may not have noticed but there are now males working the cabins as well.

    It is disappointing that YLC continues to use terms that are demeaning to women, and makes light of the important role they have in regard to safety on an aircraft.

    The words you were looking for are "Flight Attendants"
    Hawkeye
    8th Dec 2018
    12:16pm
    John
    Maybe it's just me, but I find your use of phrases such as "there are now males working the cabins as well" and "demeaning to women" to be far more sexist than the writers use of the factually correct word "air-hostesses" when referring to members of the cabin crew that wear high-heels through the airport.

    If the writer was talking about inclusively about all flight attendants, cabin stewards, cabin crew, etc, then she would probably have used one of those terms. But she wasn't. She was talking about a sub-set of air-hostesses that wear heels.

    In my opinion it is your politically correct commentary that is demeaning to both women and men.
    Cowboy Jim
    9th Dec 2018
    10:29am
    Cabin Crew is the new word - just come off a flight and that was the word used all the way. Definitely non sexist for sure.
    Occasional Traveller
    8th Dec 2018
    8:20am
    Surely it’s permitted to use that term as an alternative to female flight attendant? The article was being specific with regards to women’s attire when that term was used.

    8th Dec 2018
    3:19pm
    It also depends which era you are from, air hostesses don't always translate/update to flight attendants, cabin crew for the oldies, old habits sometimes die hard, not meant to be sexist

    8th Dec 2018
    5:51pm
    Waste of time and valuable space packing pyjamas . Sleep in the buff anyways
    Medicines also waste of time as you can get it at the airport or hotel or nearby pharmacy. Same for toothbrush if you forget
    Cowboy Jim
    9th Dec 2018
    10:34am
    You might need pyjamas flying into a northern winter, mate. Your medicines is a must and the toothbrushes are normally part of hotel amenities. When under 30 I never bothered with any of mentioned items and now we have a collection of them to take.
    Hawkeye
    9th Dec 2018
    11:26am
    Jim,
    Do the world a favour and let Lothario leave without his medications (the life-saving ones anyway)


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