CABIN crew spend most of their days flying between countries, so they know better than anyone else what makes travelling hassle-free.
It turns out there are numerous gadgets that take the pain out of flying… and you don’t need to be a professional flight attendant to own them.
The online store Flight Attendant Shop sells a range of ingenious items that do everything from keep you safe in hotel rooms to protecting against germs.
They also have products that help you pack more efficiently and keep skin moisturised in the dry air of the aeroplane cabin.
Read on to discover what the flight attendants carry in their luggage that you don’t, which helps them keep smiling through an eight-hour trip…
Surface Area Remote Shield – 10 pack $3.99 (£3.19)
The Surface Area Remote Shield was developed by a commercial pilot in order to minimise bacterial contamination found on hotel TV remote controls.
Numerous studies have shown that the TV remote is the germiest spot of any hotel room and it should be treated as such.
The Surface Area Remote Shield is a plastic sleeve that can be packed anywhere in your bags so you will always have it with you.
TBone Luggage Handle Extender $19.99 (£16)
This travel accessory extends the luggage handle so taller users’ posture is more erect, which greatly reduces back fatigue and improves the health of the traveller.
The handle is shaped with finger grips and is ideal for those travellers with arthritis, carpel tunnel, or other health related issues.
The Swinging Cup – $12.00 (£9.60)
The Swinging Cup is a hands-free hot or cold cup carrier that easily attaches to any roller bag, so you don’t need to sacrifice a drink when you’re on the go.
Simply secure the Swinging Cup handle wrap around your bag handle and slip your cup into the sleeve.
Travelon Packable Backpack – Black $29.99 (£24)
The Travelon Packable Backpack can be easily packed in your luggage and put into use for shopping trips, outings, and overflow situations.
The backpack folds into a pocket for packing and storage and opens to full-size backpack.
The main compartment has two interior pockets, a front compartment has media pocket and audio port, plus two water bottle pockets.
Belle Hop Travel Door Alarm $10.99 (£8.79)
If you want to feel extra secure in your hotel room, bring this door alarm.
Use it on the door of your hotel or dorm room as an added safety measure – if activated by movement, it lets out a loud, high-pitched 91dB alarm.
Lewis N. Clark Immersion Heater $14.99 (£11.99)
Forget a travel kettle, this immersion heater is pocket sized and means you can create a hot beverage on the go.
The Lewis N. Clark Immersion Heater has 120/240V dual voltage and boils water in minutes for all kinds of instant beverages.
This heater features a European plug, burn guard and travel pouch.
Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturiser $19.95 (£15.96)
Flight attendants have impossibly good skin considering they spend so much time in dry aeroplane cabins, so it makes sense to copy whatever products they use on a flight.
This moisturiser is designed to meet the demands of dull, tired and dehydrated skin.
Rich in humectants and anti-oxidants, this regenerating treatment cream absorbs easily and retains moisture.
Air Repair Complexion Quenching Facial Mist $9.95 (£7.96)
This mist contains aloe leaf juice, hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA, to provide toning and moisture-binding properties.
Rich in soothing plant extracts like lavender and calendula, it can be used on stressed, irritated skin to instantly cool and hydrate.
Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves $39.99 (£32)
Zensah Fresh Legs are designed to deliver a soothing leg massage and relieve discomfort in the lower legs.
The leg sleeves are made with and seamless technology, which allows for the creation of physiological patterns that increase circulation, relieve aches and pains, and decrease swelling when travelling.
Top Popper Can Opener $6.99 (£5.59)
Probably not great for anyone who doesn’t have to open a gazillion cans in the space of half an hour, but we thought we’d share this one as it’s such a good idea.
The Top Popper allows you to easily open cans of soda without using the tip of your finger.
The slips on the index or middle finger between first and second knuckles, then the user just slides the hook on top of top popper towards them to effortlessly open cans without broken nails.
Strongbags Shirt Board – $12.99 (£10.39)
If creased shirts are a bugbear, it’s probably worth investing in this nifty shirtboard.
This removable board will fit in most small-medium sized luggage, with two adjustable straps that allow you to carry your shirts snugly.
Then you can turn the shirt board over and use it as an ironing board.