One of the hardest (personal) responsibilities to master in our role as Corporate Flight Attendants is packing! Depending on the nature of the account you may work for, sometimes you do not know if you’ll end up in Aspen or St. Barts – therefore having multi-functional clothing in your suitcase is extremely critical.
Additionally, we should aim to travel light as cargo space is ideally saved for clients. Remember, our darling and beloved pilots are primarily responsible for loading the flight attendant’s luggage in and out of the cargo hold, so with that in mind, select a suitcase that is considerate to the physical activity your bag goes thru.
I still stand by my 22 inch carry on from Briggs and Riley as the best suitcase I have ever owned!
To help demystify the concept of smart packing as a Flight Attendant, I brought Miss Abbi (@the_fashionflyer) on Flightess to share all of her tips and tricks!!
Meet Abbi, The Fashion Flyer
“After finishing my 14 year career as a professional dancer, I knew I still craved the travel aspect of my life. After talking to another dancer friend of mine who made the switch into flying, I decided that was the right move for me also—and turns out it was just what I needed—and more importantly what I wanted!
I worked in commercial aviation for 7 years before making the switch into corporate after moving to the USA 6 years ago. Although I miss the camaraderie of a bigger crew, I love the challenges and the autonomy that corporate aviation brings to the table.
As for fashion… I’ve always had a love for it but I don’t think I came into my own style until my forties. Although fashion and style go hand in hand.
Style never goes out of fashion!Abbi, the fashion flyer
I would say that my style is Basic, yet refined. Basics are the foundation to any great outfit. I do love to throw a trend piece into my core staples/inventory every now and then to mix it up, but I’d rather keep something in my closet for years to come than have to throw/give things away because they reached their expiration date.
I am, however, loving how everything I grew up wearing has now come back around, so I guess that now makes me vintage… ha ha!
You must wear what makes you happy and listen to your body. I’ve learnt that it’s ok to size up in clothes. In fact, sizing up can create a chicer look and that’s been a god send, because when I fly I bloat like crazy. There’s nothing worse than landing, getting to the hotel, and finding out you can’t zip your jeans up and you’re in an uncomfortable state all evening willing the “air bloat” to go away and wishing you were back in your room in your comfies!
It’s so easy to fall into the habit of only taking sweats because you’re stuffed like a sausage all day, but trust me, having a couple of ‘wow’ key pieces will see you through any event on the road and make you feel like a million bucks!
Abbi, The fashion flyer
Comfort is key, but don’t get lazy.
Your clothes don’t need to be expensive to emulate good style and you don’t need to take your entire closet either (although guilty at times), simply make smarter choices. Ironically, the more choice you have – the worse it can be.
Take a look in your closet and see what hasn’t been worn before or in a long time… rotate your closet, wear your clothes, don’t save them for “best” days. Take as much pride in your appearance outside the workplace that you do in it.”
Be sure to follow along with Abbi on Instagram @The_fashionflyer