There are tons of travel hacks that you can find online, most of which being from travelers. While they are undeniably helpful on the matter, there is another kind of person that can provide a more extensive knowledge: a flight attendant.
Flight attendants are among the most frequent travelers out there, and who better to turn to for tips than someone whose second nature is traveling? Check out these great hacks shared by flight attendants to make experiences easier and more enjoyable.
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Bring Your Own Water
It’s important that you stay hydrated while traveling and flight attendants recommend bringing your own water either in a reusable bottle or bought from a store. Plane water should be safe for drinking, but it is likely that the tanks used to store liquid haven’t been cleaned thoroughly. Unclean water tanks can cause bacteria build-up that can transfer into the water and cause negative health effects when consumed.
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Clean the Air Vents and Tray Tables
This will help keep airborne germs away from your nose and mouth, according to lifestyle website The Travel, adding the vents should be pointed toward your lap instead of your face. Cleaning the tray tables is also advised since they aren’t cleaned thoroughly between flights. Use some alcohol wipes to ensure that both the tray tables and air vents are clean from unwanted dirt.
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Avoid Using Seat Pockets
Seat pockets are convenient for when you want to put your belongings within your range. However, various items are usually lost when stored in them—especially if they aren’t the net type. Many people are also likely to forget that they’ve put their belongings in there and will only remember it when they get off the plane.
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Dress in Layers
No matter how hot it is outside, the inside of the plane is usually cold. Annette, a flight attendant who asked not to use her last name, told Refinery29 that plane blankets are usually very thin so they won’t give much warmth. She advises travelers to bring a hoodie or lightweight jacket and avoid wearing shorts so that the plane ride is comfortable.
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Choose the Seats at the Back
Most would prefer to sit at the front of the aircraft so they can get off the plane faster and deal with less air sickness. But sitting at the back also has its perks. The Travel says taking the back seat will give you better service since some flight attendants will avoid call bells from people at the front.
“Answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way,” says one flight attendant. “This can cause a problem since planes often don't have enough extra vodka, pillows, earplugs, and toothbrushes, or the time on shorter flights to deviate from the service schedule.”
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Stretch Your Body
Unless you’re flying business class, airplane seats can be a bit cramped and uncomfortable. This makes it hard to move around and being stuck in your seat can sore out your neck and back. So it’s good to stretch before and after the flight—as well as during the flight with simple stretches—to avoid feeling sore.
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Keep Your Head Up at the Airport
Stressful is an understatement for navigating around the airport, especially for first-timers. It's a good thing that these places are specifically well-signed to help travelers. Annette told Refinery29, a US-based digital and entertainment company, that people will be able to figure out where they need to go if they just look up and read the signs placed all over the airport.
She added that it’s best to put your phone away while walking or pulling over to text or read a message so that the flow of human traffic is moving.
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Bring Something to Entertain Yourself
Most planes today are equipped with individual entertainment screens, which could be enough to keep you occupied for the whole journey. But there could be instances when some screens aren’t working. This could leave you with nothing to do but flip through the lone inflight magazine in the seat pocket.
The Travel recommends bringing a book or doing things that need to be done that will make your flight more productive.