Daphne’s Simple Saving Hacks on TravelingJune 15, 2018
Some of you may know me from my days on TV and some of you may just know me from my blog and social media. What you may not know is that I am also a flight attendant. I travel a few days out of the month so I can see the world for free. I truly am a very frugal person. I consider this job yet another lucky draw.
Being a flight attendant is a great career but you need to be efficient and smart about what you do to make your travels go as smoothly as possible and not break the bank.
Here are my most valuable travel tips:
- When it comes to packing shoes, I use hotel shower caps on the bottom of the shoes so my clothes don’t get dirty from them when packed in a tight space.
- Bring food with you when traveling even if it is a short trip. You never know when you may get delayed or stuck at the airport. Airport food is often well over-priced and not much variety. Bring snacks and/or prepare a meal. The greatest investment I made when I got my job as a flight attendant was a travel lunch box. I purchased an Ebag lunch box for $49 on Amazon. It is meant for traveling with a roller bag. It has a sleeve to slide onto your suitcase handle. Plus the interior can be removed to be cleaned. It is well insulated to keep things cool for hours. In addition, eating out for every meal can cost a ton and often not help your waistline. When you get to the hotel ask them where the closest food store is located. When I go on 5 day trips I usually only treat myself to eating out once or twice. Every meal is from what I brought from home or replenished from the grocery store.
- Purchase a J Hook. This cost me $11 on Amazon. It is a hook that you attach to the handle of your suitcase and allows you to distribute weight evenly so you won’t strain your elbow. I have attached a link here so you can see what I am describing.
- Don’t overpack. Look up the weather forecast for your destinations and pack accordingly. Bring a sweater and layering can often help reduce the outfits. Only bring what you need, not what you want.