Those who fly several times a week, or even a day, know just how important smart packing is. While we all want to have a lot of outfit options, it’s actually smarter to pack only what you really need. According to the cabin crew, it’s actually shoes that take up the most space in our luggage. Also, rolling your clothes instead of folding them may prove to be the best way not to go overweight with your luggage.
And for the smaller items, like socks or underwear, leave them for the very end, since you can stuff them in any available crevices between the rolled-up clothes.
A Nice Souvenir
Flying can leave your skin and lips extremely dry. This isn't going to make for a great start to your vacation or business trip. And there’s nothing more annoying than walking around with chapped, painful lips and flaky skin that starts to look like sandpaper.
A simple, obvious trick would be to bring some lip balm with you, but a nice twist is that you can always get lip balm at the airport of the country you’re leaving and have a cool little last-minute souvenir. Now about that high-altitude dryness, do you think birds get dry beaks and feathers?
Spilling the Beans
Have you ever wondered why flight attendants go through the trouble of pouring your drink into a plastic cup instead of just giving you your can of soda? You might’ve thought that you were being tricked somehow, but it’s actually just common courtesy and a tribute to the good old days.
Those good ol’ days when the customer was so taken care of, they weren’t even expected to pour their own drink. Nobody would’ve dreamed of being handed the actual can – that would be blasphemy! If you really want to pour your drink yourself, you can just ask the flight attendant! Who knew?
Iron It Out
Those of us who fly for business and not pleasure know how awkward it can be when you’ve just gotten off a plane, you look like a mess, and your clothes are wrinkly, but you've got to get to a meeting and look presentable. Don’t have a flat iron? Get one!
Flat irons are extremely useful not just for your hair, but also for your clothes. It’s as simple as finding one of the million electrical sockets available at any airport and plugging in your hair iron. Honestly, this one is pretty neat, and we might use it when we need to look our best after a long flight.
Sweatpants Out, Suits, In!
When we know we have a long flight ahead of us, all we want is to get into some comfy soft sweatpants. But the truth is, you could actually gain a lot more by wearing a fancy dress or a suit. If you dress for success, you’re more likely to be given freebies.
We know this might seem unfair, but unfortunately, it’s how the world works – we all judge by first impressions, and if you look sloppy, a flight attendant from first-class might assume you’ll be a problematic passenger and is therefore more likely to upgrade you. So next time you are flying, consider wearing something regal yet uncomfortable. Is it going to be worth it? That's up to you.