In the holiday craze, sometimes it's easy to forget about flight attendants. Due to our crazy schedules, we don't usually get to celebrate the holidays at the same times as the general public. This means that we sometimes get forgotten and end up getting a dreaded last minute gift that we may or not even need. That is why I am writing this blog post today! Share this with your friends and family, and show them what you really want (Foldable wine bottle? I'll take two please!). I got the idea for this list a long time ago on a flight attendant Facebook post about what things flight attendants could use most! So here it is, my list of the best presents you can get your fellow flight attendant!
Whether you're on a jump seat or you're in your hotel room, nothing beats having a hot water bottle warm you right up! I have flown with many flight attendants who swear by them. For those long, cold commutes, you can simply slide the hot water bottles behind your lower back to keep it nice and warm and loosen up those tight muscles. Simply fill it up using hot galley water. The knit covering keeps the temperature more manageable. When you make it to your hotel room, simply brew a pot of hot water using the coffee maker, and put it under the covers with you to have a warm toasty bed to sleep in!
It's no secret, flight attendants love their wine. Give that flight attendant friend or family member a little joy for Christmas and grab one of these flasks for them. Great for storing wine from your layover in a convenient easy to pack format. Never worry about where to store your wine when you have this flask!
Mini shampoos and conditioners will do in a pinch, but there is nothing like bringing your own cleaning products! Don't let the price fool you, having a great set of leak proof travel bottles can make a huge difference. Also, sometimes flight attendants have to go through TSA without uniform, and these bottles will avoid a hassle.
One of the coolest things about being a flight attendant is the layovers. But on a layover, you don't want to forget anything in your hotel room. That's where this daypack comes in handy. The bag folds up in your rollerboard but when you get to your layover, unpack it and unroll it and fill it with everything you need to go on an adventure!
Newhire flight attendant training can be stressful. Sometimes the best memories in training are made in the hotel room with your friends studying! If you add your favorite tunes to the mix, you have a recipe for success. This speaker has the added benefit of being waterproof!
Flight attendants carry a lot of equipment around. From tablets to handcuffs to CPR masks, all of this equipment takes up space in your rollerboard. One of the things we need to provide is a flashlight. However bigger flashlights can be a pain. This one will clip to your work lanyard making light easy to access.
For those long delays in airports with few outlets and the non-working hotel outlets, every traveler should have their own 2-Outlet Mini Portable Travel Surge Protector! A flight attendant hack, this is a sturdy and compact extension cord that can handle up to 2 power chords and two usb slots, and it rolls up nicely without getting tangled up with other belongings. Many of my flight attendant friends don’t leave home without one of these.
Having a backup portable battery handy will keep you connected and charged, no matter where you are. This is a no go item for every commuter! You can’t run home to plug in when you’re a commuter, but you can be prepared anytime! I keep one in my purse and use it when my phone or other electronics need more power, be it in the skies or on the ground. Never worry about having enough juice again! With 10k mAh you can charge your iphone several times over, and the tiny size makes it perfect for travel.
I don't think I have met a flight attendant yet that doesn't love Coconut oil! What's not to like? Except maybe traveling with it! It's amazing for hair care, skin care, weight loss, immunity issues, dental care, and all sorts of other wonderful things! You can read up on my full review here of this great coconut oil dispenser. Now, you can easily travel with your coconut oil, anywhere you want whether you're in uniform or not!
Packing cubes are one of my favorite items on my list because they eliminate so much stress during the packing process! They encourage organization so that you can find those clean underwear after that 16-hour flight to Japan! I purchased these cubes last year and they have simplified my packing process. I just lay out the cubes and make sure they are filled up with the designated clothing items. Then I toss them into my rollerboard or hiking backpack! These travel cubes have improved my travel experience all around!
Ebags Crew Cooler Lunch Tote has all the compartments and pockets you need to take your favorite meals with you. Fill the pockets with dry goods like oatmeal and cereal and it’s always a great idea to store some plastic-ware in one of the compartments, just in case!
All flight attendants need a reusable BPA free water bottle to ensure they stay hydrated no matter where they are! Furthermore, for a professional traveler, this really is a very useful item if you're fed up with paying for a necessity you could have just prepared for. So go ahead, put this in your basket. My strong recommendation is the Nalgene water bottle, as Tara's bottle has served her from the jungles of Africa during her time in the Peace Corps, to our hiking trip in Costa Rica to island hopping in the Caribbean. And the purpose doesn't necessarily have to always be for water, either! Many a cocktail have been mixed and shared with ours! I like to hook a carabiner to the bottle and attach it to our daypack. I was told once that Nalgene bottles can be driven over without changing shape; I don't know if that's true or not, but after throwing ours around for so many years I can say that I haven't noticed much change!
That's it for Flight Attendant Gifts!
Well, that's it for us! Don't forget to leave a comment if you liked this post, and let us know what we can do better! I hope this Holiday season is filled with cheer! May you only have long layovers, and happy passengers! Also, If you haven't had a chance to visit Greece, check out this great travel guide of one of our favorite Greek islands written by my wonderful wife Tara! Also, photo credit for the great header photo goes to Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret