travel tips from international flight attendants -- what fun it
was to compile this material!
Many, many thanks for the
terrific networking, ladies. We appreciate!
travel tip is for the women and some men who have small
feet. At the end of the flight when I go through the business
class cabin to clean up, I notice a lot of people just leave
behind the booties (slippers) that the airlines hand out.
I always advise them to take these slippers home and use
them as their shoe bags the next time they travel. With
these (bootie covers) shoes won't soil the other things
in the suitcase. Passengers just love the idea and then
(with a smile) they always take them when they de-plane.
Haruko Williams, Canadian Airlines
Only $50 for immediate
always have all my toiletries (including my
blow dryer), a change of underwear and a light cotton
or Chinese silk bath robe in my in-cabin (carry-on) bag.
If room permits I take a set of outerwear clothes as well.
Then, if I by any chance my checked bag is either lost
or stolen, I have all the absolute essentials I need when
I arrive at my destination. Remember, most airlines only
give passengers (in economy class) about $50.00 to purchase
any immediate essentials when their luggage goes missing.
This happened to me when travelling between Bangkok and
Rome - I ended up in Rome with no suitcase and it never
arrived despite the Crew Tags on my bag!!
Ruth, Qantas Airlines, Australia
favorite Chicago restaurant...
a delicious, upscale seafood meal with a great city view,
dine at Riva on Chicago's Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Avenue,
right on Lake Michigan. I recommend the portobello mushroom
appetizer. Reservations recommended (312) 644-RIVA
Sharon Wingler, Delta Airlines, USA (Chicago based)
boots were made for walking...
find that the best way to break in new walking
shoes or hiking boots is to wear them for a couple of weeks
during my daily workout - especially the half hour on the
treadmill. This is also a great way to "train"
for a trip. Before my last hiking trip, I did my treadmill
time in my boots and carrying a back pack. That way, when
I got out onto the South Downs Way in England, my back and
my feet were used to both, and the first day wasn't nearly
as painful as it might have been.
Nancy Matthews, Air Canada Purser, Canada
fights jetlag with water and smart sleeps...
best tip on how to fight jet lag is to drink a lot of water
during the flight. Then, once you have arrived at your destination,
if the current time in that country is earlier than 1:00pm,
have a cat nap of no longer than three hours. Force yourself
to get up and carry on the day on that time zone. If the
current time is later than 1:00pm, then try to stay awake
as long as you possibly can. By going to bed no earlier
than 7:00pm you should be able to acclimatize to the current
time zone in the easiest way possible.
Denise, Canadian Airlines, Canada
way I fight jetlag...
travelling to Europe from North America, the flights usually
arrive there in their morning (which is actually
the middle of the night for people from the west). The best
way to deal with jet lag is to sleep for no more than three
hours and force yourself out of bed, have a wake-up shower
and go out for a walk and something to eat. By the time
you return to your room, its evening and you can go
to bed and (hopefully) sleep a full eight hours. With a
bit of luck youll wake up somewhat refreshed. A person's
first instinct, upon initial hotel check-in, is to either
sleep all day (due to exhaustion) which results in being
awake all night, or to try to stay up all day (which is
almost impossible and dangerous.) Several of my flight attendant
friends and I have tried the latter and have almost been
hit by cars, buses or trams due to our fatigue. In London,
especially, we forgot that the cars were on the other side
of the road!!
Mary, Canadian Airlines, Canada