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- Siti Nurazlin has worked as a flight attendant for Emirates for 11 years.
- She suggests drinking green tea instead of coffee for a caffeine boost.
- She thinks of packing as putting together a “capsule collection,” and prefers to roll her clothes.
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She works around nine flights a month, some of which are up to 16 hours long, and estimates that she’s been to over 100 different cities on the job. So when she shared some of her travel tips, we listened.
Here are some of the seasoned traveler’s top tips.
Pack a ‘capsule collection’
She says to think of the clothes you pack as a “capsule collection,” and to pack simple essentials like white T-shirts and black dresses that can go with a variety of outfits for different occasions. She adds that jewelry can help “switch it up.”
Roll your clothes to save space
Like many frequent travelers, Nurazlin swears by the rolling method of packing clothes, saying that it saves space.
Hydrate during flights
Nurazlin says that staying hydrated is the most important thing in air travel, and that it even helps her stay energized on long-haul flights.
Switch coffee for green tea
Nurazlin advises opting for green tea because it has plenty of caffeine, but has the added benefit of being less dehydrating than coffee.
Use rose water to moisturize
Nurazlin swears by a hydrating rose-water face mist that she uses regularly. She also puts on a hydrating mask two to three times a week, and applies moisturizer “all the time,” she says.
Stick to your current time zone to beat jet lag
“I deal with jet lag by keeping with the current time zone and trying to go out if it’s daytime, and sleep when it’s night there,” she said.
Eat light to to stay energized
Nurazlin tends to eat salads with grilled chicken, and says that eating light, healthy fare helps keep her energy up. “Those are really good things to eat on a flight – nothing too fattening and full of calories.”
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