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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Pack like a pro... with six super tips from a savvy flight attendant

Nobody packs as perfect as a cabin crewmember. We asked one of Aer Lingus's finest for her top tips...

Pól Ó Conghaile

Published 11/07/2014 | 14:00

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Repro Free: Dublin 2nd of April 2014: Aer Lingus inaugural flight, flight number EI 147, an Airbus A330-200 from Dublin to San Francisco, took off from Dublin airport today at 12.20 pm today.  Aer Lingus will operate five flights per week from Dublin to San Francisco as part of its major transatlantic expansion plan in 2014. This expansion plan includes new routes from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto, as well as frequency increases on services from Shannon to Boston and New York. 
Pictured at the celebration to mark Aer Lingus inaugural flight from Dublin to San Francisco were passengers fromthe  Coderdojo Team, Blackrock Castle Observatory, Ruth Whelan, Emily Ray, Aine O'Neill, Matt Mallen and Andrew Barrett with Aerlingus Cabin Crew member Grace Mulcahy. The Team were invited by the Major of San Francisco to attend a competition. Jason Clarke Photography
Grace Mulcahy, Aer Lingus
Repro Free: Dublin 2nd of April 2014: Aer Lingus inaugural flight, flight number EI 147, an Airbus A330-200 from Dublin to San Francisco, took off from Dublin airport today at 12.20 pm today.  Aer Lingus will operate five flights per week from Dublin to San Francisco as part of its major transatlantic expansion plan in 2014. This expansion plan includes new routes from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto, as well as frequency increases on services from Shannon to Boston and New York. 
Pictured at the celebration to mark Aer Lingus inaugural flight from Dublin to San Francisco was Aerlingus Cabin Crew member Grace Mulcahy. Jason Clarke Photography
Grace Mulcahy, Aer Lingus

Grace Mulcahy joined Aer Lingus in 2012, and has since got her packing down to a fine art. Ready to take notes?

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1. Make a list

Organisation is key when packing for any trip away!

Personally I like to ensure I have a list written up a few days before I'm travelling so that there is nothing important left behind. I include everything I want to pack, as well as a list of everything I should have in my handbag the day I'm going away... such as passport and boarding card.

2. Choose the right case for you

For short city breaks and weekends away, my suitcase of preference is a Samsonite four-wheel cabin-sized bag. It's lightweight, fits plenty and has convenient zip pockets on the front of the bag, allowing easy access for any items you want to keep to hand.

3. Pack light

When packing for a trip I try to keep it minimal, which can be easier said than done! A few pieces I always throw in my case include comfortable shoes for any sight-seeing, sunglasses and depending on the weather, suncream! When packing clothes, versatility is key so I endeavour to pack items that can be mixed and matched.

4. Take proper care of suits and formal wear...

If packing suits or formal dresses, I'd recommend carrying these either in a suit or dress bag and also ensuring that they're placed on top of suitcases in the overhead locker. Another tip I've learned when packing any delicate items such as shirts, blouses or linens is to fold these neatly around tissue paper. This avoids the disappointment of having a case full of creased and crumpled clothes!

5. Use travel-size containers

The packing of toiletries and make up products can be a tricky area with no liquids over 100ml allowed in your carry on; however I'm a firm believer that less is more!

To avoid having any items confiscated before your holiday has started, I would suggest purchasing travel sized containers from your pharmacy and filling these with your favourite lotions and potions. This will not only lighten your load, but also gives you extra space in your suitcase. For short trips a perfume atomiser is very handy and saves you having to carry the large bottle around.

6. Check the weather forecast

Before beginning to pack for your trip, ensure you check the weather forecast for your destination so that you can pack accordingly! Try to be as practical as possible... try as I might, I know I that I will not need 10 dresses and a variety of high heels for a three-night break. Be economical, think ahead and pack items that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion!

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