10 In-Flight Essentials For Cabin Crew
I am a lunchbox hoarder, completely guilty. Meaning that I have a bunch of supplies in my lunch box that help me get through my flights and very little space for an actual lunch. I keep gloves, alcohol wipes, checklists and a sewing kit with me at all times. Beyond this there are a couple items that I would highly suggest you keep in your "toolkit" for flying regardless of whether you are a passenger or operating.
I know, it sounds so silly to spend anything on what is essentially canned water. However, after visiting the unflatteringly lit aircraft lavatory (where every wrinkle, dry patch and makeup smudge comes alive) I gave hydrating facial mist a try, and I’m glad I did. Not only does this stuff revive skin with a quick spritz, but it will make you feel so refreshed! Use it as needed, I find a spritz once mid-flight and once before landing will keep you looking bright as a daisy.
My favorite pick: Vichy Mineralizing Thermal water spray
Cuticle oil pens are an absolutely genius invention – digit hydration on the go! Apply the cuticle oil and let sit for as long as you can (we’re busy up there) then rub it in. It will save your cuticles from getting dried out in the air and help fend off any nasty hangnails. The pen-style distribution makes application easy and mess-free!
My favorite pick: Cheapies from Aliexpress
Onboard your standard hand lotion simply wont cut it. Recycled air, under 20% humidity and some of the worst hand soap in the universe all work in conjunction to dry you out. What you need is some thick, ultra hydrating cream that will moisturize and protect your hands without leaving any greasiness around because flight attendants are constantly touching things. (nobody likes a greasy galley).
My favorite pick: Any VS Lotion in this bottle
Even the most seasoned fliers can sometimes feel a bit woozy, especially when having to “circle” the airspace before landing (due to weather or traffic on the ground). Ginger gravol is the perfect fix and can is chewable, making it a good on-the-go solution. It wont make you drowsy so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep at the beverage cart.
Find it here: Chewable Ginger Gravol
This ones a bit of a given. Airplanes are inevitably grimy due to quick turnarounds between flights and tight spaces. Take a page from Betty White and “put that stuff on everything”!
My favorite pick: Bath & Body Works PocketBac
Hand sanitizer is great but sometimes you need a little more germ killing power. Use sanitizing wipes to wipe off your phone after hours of swiping through your camera roll and killing it on bejeweled. Also use them to wipe off your personal tray table while flying or taking crew rest. The tray tables go through a lot, for example sometimes they double as a passenger’s baby changing table (a passenger with poor judgment). Heck, use them to clean the headrest, yep…be the “crazy person” and give that thing a wipe. Trust me.
The sugar going into your coffee will be refined white sugar. No, they don’t stock us with stevia, brown sugar, raw sugar or unrefined unicorn dust. Pro tip: hit up the nearest Starbucks and grab a couple honey packets for the road. A couple dashes of your favorite hot sauce will do that controversial chicken wonders.
Reccomendations: Starbucks usually has honey and brown sugar. Always check at fast food joints for hot sauce!
Unfortunately sometimes you can’t bring a full water bottle with you while travelling as a passenger. But no one is stopping you from bringing an empty one. Fill it up at one of the numerous water fountains past security and voila! a full bottle of hydration, rather than a cup of sometimes questionable aircraft tap water. Bonus: pick a water bottle that doubles as a hot thermos to avoid using hotel room mugs, which may not be properly washed and sanitized. (Former housekeeper here).
Recommendation: Don't spend too much! Check out your local Winners or Marshalls / TJMaxx.
Not to be confused with “mini first aid kit to use on everyone onboard” this one is just for you. Things happen when we travel, whether it be a paper cut, small burn from a rogue coffee pot or a severe headache from forgetting to drink enough water onboard. Not to mention you will be out and about on layovers, and out in the big wide world accidents can happen. Get yourself a cheap mini first aid kit to cover clumsy days.
My favorite pick: Something small
Delays are annoying, oversize “carry-on bags” are annoying and running out of a food choice is annoying. But MOST annoying is having an uneven or rough nail ready to catch on every synthetic fabric you come across while hurtling across the skies. Having a mini manicure set handy will save you from this truly unsettling circumstance.
My favorite pick: Another Aliexpress cheapie
If you have any on-board must haves, please feel free to comment below and share!