Thought I’d do something a little bit different today and show you guys what I would typically take with me on a layover!
Whilst I was packing for a recent layover to Dhaka (where I incidentally didn’t end up doing a whole lot other than relaxing and eating!) I took a few pictures.
We’re given a relatively large suitcase to take with us on layovers, and I can usually manage to fit everything in with a bit of space to spare (unless I’ve gone a bit crazy shopping in New York 😉 !)
The side pockets don’t have much in – a couple of reusable carrier bags for when I go grocery shopping and a few bits and bobs such as spare tights for work.
There are a few things that pretty much always stay in my suitcase. These are things such as my wash bag, a little laundry bag I picked up in Bangkok, hairbrush, hairspray etc.
Depending on the layover, I’ll usually try and force myself to go to the gym if I can, so trainers are first in. I love these pink Nike ones I picked up quite a while ago in the States! I also packed some light sandals as I always check the weather forecast of where I’m going beforehand, and it was forecast to be around 30 degrees in Dhaka.
In goes a gym outfit (no telling how long it will stay in there depending on whether or not I actually make it to the gym…but shh!) and there’s a couple of things that are also a staple in my suitcase – my “word traveller” iPhone charger set and an emergency snack box.
The charger set is a life saver; it has chargers for the US, Australia, Europe, UK and comes in so handy!
I also have these great little packing bags that I got in TK Maxx – they’re a set of three but I usually only use the two smaller ones. I keep my underwear, tights, pyjamas and bikini in the small one, and use the larger one for my other clothes.
As you can see I’ve got a couple of chargers which I keep in a handy little bag; for my iPhone, iPad and my camera. I don’t always take my big camera with me, especially if I know I won’t be doing too much on the layover, but if I’m going somewhere new it’s one of the first things in my bag!
Next up is an outfit or 2 – I usually pack a couple of options to wear, depending on the weather and the timings of the flight. Bearing in mind this was only a 24 hour layover where we arrived around 9am and left early the next day, I only really needed one outfit.
I also pack spare uniform which goes in the same packing bag as the rest of my clothes.
Finally I always take a handbag with me (although I have forgotten to bring one once – not as bad as forgetting shoes, which hasn’t happened yet – touch wood!) and a book. I haven’t started this one yet; I always have good intentions to read on my layovers and then it never happens!
We also have a small cabin bag which we have to take with us, but that doesn’t have too much. A few things which stay in there – my oven gloves (only used if I’m assigned the galley position), my crew pyjamas (used on long-haul flights), my waistcoat (which we change into onboard) and my cabin shoes.
I also keep my make-up bag in my cabin bag, as I had too many disasters with broken blushers and bronzers when I used to keep it in my suitcase!
This is a pretty typical suitcase for me, but if I’m going on a longer layover (such as a 48 hr layover in the US or a 5-day trip) I’ll take a few more options with me such as another pair of shoes and a few more outfits.
Does it seem like a lot of stuff?! You’ll never believe me if I say I pack light when travelling as a passenger – in fact I can’t remember the last time I checked in a suitcase, I only ever travel with hand luggage! 😀