CABIN CREW LIFE
Life of a flight attendant and flight steward in general. Advice, stories, and know-its.
We have seen many posts about what's in a cabin crew's bag. Well. how about if we take a peak on what may be in a Filipino cabin crew's luggage whenever they travel. We asked some cabin crew members what are some of the usual items they bring during flights particularly long haul ones and they gladly enumerated the most common stuff they can't leave home without.
Selfie stick is old for a Filipino cabin crew. They now bring octopus pods which comes in handy should they decide to make 'awraaaa' at the Eiffel Tower or at the Golden Gate Bridge or at Maldives.
Berrocca or Airborne
It's hard to get sick in a different country. Of course, these flight attendants would also like to be in tip top shape for their return or connecting flights. They also take it for their doze of vitamins, especially that the there are passengers who cough without covering their mouths.
The air inside the aircraft is dry jet engine air, hence, moisturizer keeps their skin from getting dry and patched. Water helps but many brings moisturizer.
Layover hotels have gyms and flight attendants do take advantage of it. A few hours of weight lifting or at the treadmill to sweat out those airplane meals.
Who knows if they will need it or not, but nevertheless, it's always best to be prepared. If the water temperature is too cold, maybe there is a jacuzzi around and it would be nice to use it after a long tiring flight.
Pasalubong for Tito and Tita
Filipinos have relatives in almost every part of the globe and of course, our uncles and aunties in a different country would love to make "pabilin" their cabin crew nephews and nieces for some Pinoy comfort food and delicacies.
Filipinos have very close family ties and the cabin crew's loved ones at home would always want to stay in touch with their son or daughter. Thank God for Viber and Facetime!
Loads of Ballpens
For some reason, many passengers do see ballpens as souvenir items from cabin crew members especially after signing the immigration card. Good thing gel pens and Panda ballpens are relatively cheap in the Philippines. Oh wait, those from the layover hotels are free!
Lucky Me Pancit Canton
Don't leave home without it. Well incase they do not like the food in a certain country and they just want to stay in their layover hotels, Lucky Me Pancit Canton is enough to fill up a hungry flight attendant. Can also be used as pulutan incase they decide to have a few rounds of drinks! 2 botts time!
Pinoy Midnight Snacks
How about a movie night in your hotel room. Some cabin crew bring their laptops or tablets for Netflix, and nothing beats a movie night without munching on some snacks. This can also serve as pulutan incase because Filipino crew members loves "celebrating" even if there is no particular reason to celebrate.
Extra Shoes or Slippers
It is nice to walk around in comfortable foot wear. Most Filipino cabin crew always bring with them 2 pairs of extra shoes and their slippers. Slippers or flip-flops incase they decide to go for a swim at a pool or in a beach. They also bring extra shoes, for their walking and perhaps, another for any night outs in a different country.
Mobile Phones, Tables or Laptops
These, Filipino cabin crew cannot live without. It's their way of always staying connected or keeping themselves busy in their layover hotel rooms incase decide not to go around. Of course, to go on social media too!