Travel hacks from flight attendants that could help make your travel experiences easier and more enjoyable:
1. Get more attentive service from your flight attendants
“While most passengers tend to choose seats that are at the front of the aircraft so that they can disembark first and have a better chance of securing their preferred meal option, flight attendants know that if you’re sitting towards the back, you’ll receive the most attentive service.
“The reason is simple: We like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way. 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.
“For passengers sitting near the back of the plane, however, it’s much easier to slip in that second mini bottle of wine.”
2. Quick & easy way to iron your clothes faster
For my ladies out there – you can use your flat iron to get the wrinkles out of your clothes when you’re in a rush and on the road.
3. Always sleep in clean sheets
“Don’t sleep on hotel sheets that don’t have creases from being folded; someone slept on them already.” — A flight attendant with 19 years’ experience
4. To keep the hotel room dark
“Use the clips on the pants hangers in the hotel room to clip your curtains together so there is no light coming through.”– A flight attendant with 15 years’ experience
5. Avoid doing damage to your hearing
“Avoid flying if you have a severe cold. It can damage your eardrums, and you may lose your hearing.”
6. Avoid being seated near a baby
“While there’s no escaping (or blaming) the shrill of an upset child, you can lower your odds of sitting directly next to one by choosing a seat that’s located far from the partitions on board.
“These partitions, which go by the technical name ‘bulkheads,’ are the only places on an aircraft where a parent can safely secure a baby’s bassinet -; and are, therefore, where most children under one year old will be situated.”
Also check out this airline that just introduced a new child free zone policy
7. Fight jet lag
Try getting in the habit of a bedtime ritual. Don’t use electronics an hour before bedtime, have some sleepy time tea, and do some light reading.
8. Pack lighter
“Before your trip, call your hotel and check to see if they have a washer/dryer available. If so, bring a couple detergent packs and dryer sheets in a Ziploc bag, and it eliminates two to four days’ worth of clothes, depending on your stay.” — A flight attendant with one year of experience
9. Get through customs in a jiff
Pay for global entry and enroll in the TSA pre-check – it’s worth it!
10. Save space in your suitcase
Roll your clothes – it saves a lot of space.
11. Never miss out on free breakfast
“If you know you’re not going to be able to attend whatever complimentary meal they’re offering because you’re leaving before it starts or you know you’re not going to be up until after it’s over, check with the hotel to see if there’s some kind of snack or sack lunch they can provide before or ahead of time. Usually it’s just a piece of fruit, a bottle of water, and a thing of string cheese, but that’s saved my growling stomach on several occasions.”
Do you have any travel hacks that make your trip more enjoyable? Would love to hear your tips and tricks!
This story originally appeared on Businessinsider.com
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