October 17, 2017

How to Pack Like a Flight Attendant

Hello from Phoenix! I'm traveling for work for a few days while my husband holds down the fort at home. I'm excited to be visiting a city where I've never traveled before, even if most of my day is spent in meetings ;) I do love my job though, I promise!

For those who may not know, I used to be a flight attendant. I hung up my uniform a few years ago, but during my time in the air, hotels, and at the airport, I learned quite a bit about efficient packing. When getting ready for my trip to Arizona, I recalled some of my favorite tips and tricks, and thought I would finally share them here! Without further ado, here are my best crewmember packing tips:

1 // Buy a quality suitcase

I've touched on this in a previous post, but I stand by my statement. My Travelpro Crew3 is still working perfectly, fits FAA and European guidelines for cabin baggage status, and fits everything I need. If you're a frequent traveler, just spend the money on quality luggage and step away from what you find at Marshalls!

2 // Roll, roll, roll

Undoubtedly, you've heard this one before! I roll all of my camisoles, pajamas, t-shirts, leggings, and any workout clothing and line the bottom of my suitcase with them. They help to fill the gaps and create a flat surface for all of my other goods.

3 // Don't sort by category

Specifically, don't sort your toiletries in the order in which you use them, but sort by what needs to go in your liquids baggie, what you don't need to access upon arrival at your destination, and what can be tucked into shoes or side pockets. I save up all of my Sephora samples for traveling these days (boy, sometimes I do miss being an FA and being able to take my full-size shampoo through security!) and tuck them in the side pocket of my suitcase. My non-liquid makeup (mascara, setting powder, blush, brushes, etc) get packed in a cosmetics case and added to the top of my suitcase, and my liquids stay in my purse for easy access at TSA.

4 // Heavy stuff on the left

If you lay out your suitcase like I do when packing - wheels on the left, handle on the right - you'll want to put your heaviest items on the left side. This includes denim, books, toiletries, and shoes. If you put your heavy items on the right, your bag will become top-heavy and tip over every time you let go. Balancing out the items in your suitcase is a simple trick that makes a big difference when you're rolling it behind you and standing in the long checkpoint lines!

5 // Remember your passport, phone, and a credit card

This is my best tip - do not get too worked up about fitting everything in your suitcase. Don't lose sleep over making list after list. If you have your passport (or other appropriate photo ID), a credit card, and your phone, you can get on your flight and purchase what you need at the other end. Of course, I don't recommend leaving everything behind, but it gives me such peace of mind to know that if I have the essentials, I can make everything else work. 

So that's all I have for now! Of course, some of those tips are common sense, but sometimes it helps to see them written out in front of you. I plan on updating this list even more when Jason and I travel to Europe in 2018, so if you have any good ideas to share, let me know! 

1 comment :

  1. I freaking love this! We're heading to South Africa in just over a month, and I need all the packing tips I can get. I think we need to finally invest in quality suitcases, too. Yikes!


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