Tips on how to travel light from a crew member

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This job has taught me to travel light. Even when I’m not working, I put into practice what I’ve learned. I divide my suitcase into four imaginary parts. One is for shoes. I take two pairs at the most: comfortable shoes for walking during the day and shoes for going out at night, in addition to slippers. One is for a jacket. I check the weather forecast to know which jacket to bring – it can be a winter coat, a raincoat, or a light jacket.

 

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The third compartment is for underwear and three blouses. The fourth part is for a pair of pants, shorts, and pajamas. This is for a two-night trip. When I’m not working, I also bring a toiletry bag, a light sweater for layovers, documents, a pen to fill out immigration forms, my cell phone and charger in my carry-on luggage. I can easily find the objects, I disembark quickly, and I don’t run the risk of forgetting bags on the plane.

 

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In my toiletry bag I pack travel-size bottles. I always bring insect repellent, sunscreen, paracetamol, and Band-Aid. I use the hotel shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Another important tip is to fold your clothes correctly. I open the jacket, fold the sleeves in, then I fold it in half, then I fold it in half again. My luggage never exceeds 17.5 pounds [8 kg]. Remember to leave some space for the items you’ll buy on your trip!