The Air Hostesses Guide to Suitcase Essentials

I’ve been waiting for ages to get a new Air Hostesses Guide post up for you but with everything that has been going on over Christmas and New Year, it’s taken quite some time. After doing a mini poll on Twitter, it seems that a lot of you are interested in my life as a hostie so I am making sure that I continue my Air Hostesses Guide by posting a least one a month. I’d love to know what kind of thing you would like to see, so don’t forget to leave me a comment below and let me know. This month’s post will be all about my suitcase essentials and the items that I like to have to hand in my case on every trip that I do as well as my shiny new suitcase.

Over the years of flying, I have become quite set in my ways about what I require from my suitcases. I need a hard shell, medium size and preferably with 4 wheels for ease of transporting around. I’ve known the Constellation brand and it’s great reputation so my new, super girly, bright pink case was a winner from the moment that I spotted it. The case itself is the Constellation 24″ Galloway ABS Suitcase in Pink, retailing for £65 which is a bargain compared to my Samsonite case. With a push button handle that extends to two different lengths, zip fastening with integral lock and 4 wheels for ease of pushing rather than pulling, I can safely say that I’m very pleased. The inside of the case comes with a separation divider with extra pocket and it’s very deceiving in size. I’m was quite surprised at just how much I could fit in my case, and I bring a lot of stuff to work with me. It’s also very light when empty, so if I did have to stick to a luggage allowance then it gives me a few extra pounds of weight to play with.

Constellation 24 inch Galloway ABS Suitcase

Constellation 24 inch Galloway ABS Suitcase

Constellation 24 inch Galloway ABS Suitcase

Constellation 24 inch Galloway ABS Suitcase

Constellation 24 inch Galloway ABS Suitcase

Constellation 24 inch Galloway ABS Suitcase

Constellation 24 inch Galloway ABS Suitcase

I used to be a serial sunbather but I’ve decided that I prefer to fake it, rather than bake my skin in the skin. I do still sit out in the sun when the mood takes me but I am covered in SPF50 so I don’t burn. Instead, I have been trying out different brands of false tan to find one that is suitable for travelling, one that is quick and easy to use and of course, that develops into a long lasting golden tan. Sienna X is a completely new brand for me, and although I have heard of it over the years, I haven’t ever tried it. I’ve noticed that with the air pressure, any mousse or foaming tanning products are subject to leaking so I decided to try the Express Tanning Mist by Sienna X. Being a total novice in the ‘at home’ spray tan, I was expecting this to be a total failure on the first application, yet I was pleasantly surprised. It’s so easy to apply and the 360 degree nozzle means you can get the backs of legs and your back with ease. I did get a few mini streak marks but I blended these into the skin with a tanning matt. The colour that initially goes on your skin is a lovely golden tan that helps with application and over a few hours, it develops into a deep golden colour that thankfully isn’t orange, but natural like you’ve spent a few days in the Caribbean. I’ve also been using the Sienna X Radiance Body Balm, and not exclusively to help prolong my tan. I’ve totally fallen in love with this beautifully scented balm that contains shea butter, coconut and almond oil as well as vitamin E. When I have used it over my false tan, it has helped to keep my skin intensively moisturised and prolonging the length of time that the tan stays on for. I’ve also been using it when I’ve been going out as the balm is filled with golden flecks that give me legs for days. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Being on my feet all day does have quite an effect on how I feel when I get into my hotel room. Apart from feeling exhausted, I also feel incredibly achy and sometimes suffer from cramping when I’m in bed. To alleviate these issues, I have two products from Puressentiels which can be bought at Boots. The first product is the Puressentiel Joint Care Gel, an aromatherapy blend of essential oils that not only relaxes me through its scent, but that cools and soothes my tired legs when rubbed into the muscles. I like to apply this after a warm shower and before I get into bed but remembering to wash my hands after applying – it will sting if it gets into eyes! I also picked up the Puressentiel Sleep Spray to help me relax. Being away from home so often does sometimes have a bad effect on my sleep, and I often wake up in a panic, not knowing where I am or having weird dreams. The sleep spray has not only helped in the relaxation stakes but the scent now automatically reminds me that I am away. I like to spray it into the corners of the room to encase the room in it’s scent and as I fall asleep, I can smell eucalyptus and lavender. It’s so lovely.

Sienna X Express Tanning Mist Sienna x Radiance Body Balm

Puressentiels Room Spray Muscle and Joint gel

Emma Lomax Worldwide Travel Adaptor

Emma Lomax Worldwide Travel Adaptor

The Air Hostesses Guide to Suitcase Essentials

The Air Hostesses Guide to Suitcase Essentials

An absolute suitcase essential is my travel adapter from Emma Lomax. In a previous post about my Crew Bag Essentials, you’ll have spotted the Emma Lomaz SOS Kit, so the travel adaptor in the matching airplane embroidered pouch was definitely on my list of purchases. It’s become a bit of a god send in the last few weeks as I have been in India, which have a totally different plug type but a European plug can be used. I didn’t have a European plug but thankfully as well as having a US adaptor, the adaptor does contain a European plug. Phew!

What are your travel essentials? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Packing is the most stressful and most enjoyable thing at the same time! Thank you for your lovely tips!

    Parie x

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  • Love that suitcase, I’d love one like it! I love packing my suitcase, I put everything into little organised bags and pouches, and there’s a bag and pouch for everything. Not only does it make packing easier but it makes unpacking at the other end easier too – I’m not one for living to of my suitcase, I much prefer to make myself right at home in my hotel room.

    I think my ultimate MUST HAVE travel item is my canvas tote; from beach bag to lugging washing and carrying extra goodies home, I’ve been taking the same one with me for years now and it’s so versatile, I’d be lost without it!

    Sarah 🙂

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  • I love these posts that you do! The Emma Lomax travel bags etc are brilliant! I always save see-hrough bags, anytime something comes in one,a nd save up all my benefit minis to go inside them. Then at security I am all good to go straight through. Well worth saving all minis for travelling, so that my luggage is light, and I can fit in more shopping abroad! Ha!
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