Jet2.com’s cabin crew and pilots reveal their top tips
for sorting your suitcase
With the peak summer holiday period about to start, holidaymakers across
the UK will be getting suitcases down from the loft and digging out their
sarongs and swimming trunks. But from creased clothes to fear of forgetting
something, packing can be fraught with difficulties, so who better to advise
than those who travel the world for a living - flight crew.
Jet2.com, the north’s leading
leisure airline, has polled its 940 cabin crew and pilots asking them to reveal
their top packing tips to help holidaymakers prepare for the great summer
getaway with ease.
Top tips for packing from the Jet2.com crew:
- Roll it up - roll
clothes instead of folding to use less space and keep clothes crease-free.
layers - use sheets of tissue paper between layers of clothes - it
- Stuff your
shoes - roll socks into balls inside footwear so the shoes keep their
- Weigh it
up - invest in a set of luggage scales so you aren’t over your
airline’s baggage weight limit. Double check the weight limit - Jet2.com
and sister package holiday specialist Jet2holidays offer a
generous 22kg baggage allowance, but many other airlines offer only 15kg.
under or over pack - use the right sized suitcase as over or
under packing means creased clothes at the other end.
plan, plan - time spent planning outfits before you go can make a massive
difference and trying on will get you in the holiday mood and save time when
you’re in resort.
- Leave the
heels at home - the view from the crew is that you won’t wear them – take
comfortable shoes - particularly if you are on a city break - don’t let sore
feet to ruin your holiday.
- Safe from
spills - pack any liquids in your beach bag, that way any leaks won’t spoil
- The early bird
packs best - start packing early so you ensure you’ve remembered everything,
or to change your mind on that extra pair of shoes you really don’t need.
- Bag it up - the
crew members suggested to taking plastic bags to stash dirty clothes in, making
it easier to sort the piles of washing when you get back home.
valuables close - Jet2.com’s 10kg hand baggage allowance means that items that
you don’t want to pack in your case can travel with you in the cabin.
first - take a first aid kit with plasters, and any medications you may
need. The last thing you want to do is hunt for a local pharmacy when you
should be enjoying your holiday.
stress - the crew’s advice was to not get wound up by packing as Jet2.com
has the most commonly forgotten items on sale on board – such as sunglasses,
cameras and phone chargers.
liquids - liquids over 100ml are prohibited in hand luggage. This includes
pastes and gels, so make sure you don’t lose your favourite lip gloss or eye
cream because you forgot to pack it in your suitcase. Remember razors, tweezers
and other sharp items must be checked in.
- Copy cat - photocopy
your passport and travel insurance and keep copies in a different bag so that if
you lose the original you still have the details.
change - have some of the local currency, coins if you can, to give a
tip, hire a trolley, or buy a bottle of water as soon as you arrive.
- Dress for
your destination - take a swimsuit or change of clothes in hand
luggage or at the top of your case - with Jet2.com many flights arrive in time
to be able to enjoy the afternoon at the beach, or some city sightseeing.
Jet2.com employs 550
cabin crew and 390 pilots across eight northern bases – Leeds Bradford,
Newcastle, Manchester, East Midlands, Blackpool, Belfast, Edinburgh and
Glasgow. The airline flies to over 50 city, sun and ski destinations, with
flights from just £9.99 one way including taxes. Customers enjoy friendly low fares,
convenient flight times, 22kg baggage allowance and allocated seats.
When asked what item they always
pack the Jet2.com crew’s top responses were – Ear plugs, adapters,
corkscrew, a maxi dress, Pot Noodle, coffee sachet and travel kettle.
For a little fun Jet2.com
asked its crew members which famous person they would most like to holiday with
– David Beckham, Peter Kay, Simon Cowell and Lady Gaga were the most popular
would-be travel partners.
If you are interested in joining
friendly flight team visit www.jet2.com/careers