Want to feel great on every flight? Read these cabin crew tips

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By cabincrew.com on Thursday 11th Oct, 2012 at 10:53

By Patricia Green
As we know, life in the skies can be tough and challenging. So what can we cabin crew do to stay healthy and sane as well as keeping a smile on our face? Here are my top ten tips...

1. Have a bottle of water (with your name on it) and keep sipping throughout the flight to keep hydrated. An absolute must!

2. Stay organised and keep your crew bag/ wheelie bag packed at all times, just replacing the same clothing items after washing them and have a separate make up/toiletries kit just for travel. This way you save time and you will never forget anything.

3. If you have space in your bag, carry a mini first aid kit with things like plasters, immodium and Nurofen. Tea tree oil is great too, for spots, burns and insect bites.
4. Tired out? Nap when you can, even 5 minutes on the turnaround or on the bus home will help relieve tiredness.

5. If you fly long haul as crew or as a passenger, consider buying a mini pillow and quilt – child size are best as these roll up small in the crew bag and will make you feel right at home.

6. Take some home comforts if you are staying in hotels a lot. A photo of a loved one, a travel candle, your favourite music – just to make you feel not so far away.

7. Eat well onboard and downroute. Try to avoid crew meals as they are full of fat and salt. Bags of salad travel well as does fruit but be wary of things like rice and chicken which if not kept cool and can result in food poisoning.

8. Positive attitude can make a huge difference to your work day. Leave problems at home as negativity can affect a whole crew. Just have a good day out!

9. Jet lag can build up rapidly or slowly over time – everyone is different. Shift work has the same effect. Studies show that the best length of time for cabin crew to sleep is under 45 minutes or over 2.5 hours to get the most out of sleep.

10. Make the most of relaxation time. If you get the chance, treat yourself to a back massage, Indian head massage or reflexology to take away those aches and pains after a long week!

About Patricia Green

I have been Cabin Crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for six years and also a SCCM. For the last 6 years I have worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets.

Last year I moved to flying on a freelance basis in order to concentrate on working as a freelance instructor as well as setting up as a Cabin Crew Consultant, so that I could advise potential crew how to get their dream job and help experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying. In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, I have written a series of E-books to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.

For more information please visit www.cabincrewconsultant.weebly.com

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