Pajamas and burn cream: What strange things crew members take on planes
When crew members board an airplane, they usually have a large suitcase with them. Many people wonder what they put in it.
Much of the space in crew members' suitcases is taken up by the basic documents that they must carry with them. These include a valid passport with visas for the countries they are travelling to, according to SimpleFlying.
For security reasons, crew members also carry a crew identification card and a boarding area pass. Some aviation authorities require flight attendants to have a flight attendant's license and a crew medical certificate.
Crew members also have their manuals with them, which can be either paper or digitized on a phone or iPad. Sometimes it is also required to confirm the availability of health insurance.
A must-have item in a crew member's suitcase is a spare uniform. Women always have an extra set of shoes with soles for working in the cabin. Flight attendants usually have certain clothes for onboard service, such as a vest or apron.
They also bring a spare shirt in case they need to change. Uniforms can get dirty during maintenance and cleaning. Crew on long-haul flights may also bring a small pillow and blanket for resting. Some even take pajamas.
Most crew members bring their own kit with toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, comb and hairspray. A sample of their favourite cologne or makeup items such as mascara, powder, and concealer are in the women's bags.
Lip balm and face spray are important for looking good as the air on board can be dry. These items are great for freshening up during long-haul flights, as well as if you have an unscheduled overnight stopover for any reason.
In addition, first aid items are always in the crew's luggage. Therefore, many flight attendants will have a mini first aid kit in their bag. They always have a place for adhesive plasters. Acetaminophen helps with minor headaches or other aches and pains. Eye drops help because of the dry air, especially on long-haul flights.
A few sachets of burn gel are always useful as they work all the time with hot food and drinks. Hand sanitizers and wet wipes have also become an addition in recent years.
Although we're used to airline meals, some flight attendants prefer not to eat this food but to bring it themselves. Airline food is usually quite unhealthy with a lot of salt and sugar. In this case, flight attendants will bring healthier alternative foods, such as fruit, soup, and salads.
In addition, crew members may sometimes carry hotel notebooks and pens collected during our layovers. It is not uncommon for passengers to ask for pens, especially when there are immigration forms to fill out on board before disembarking.