Jan 3, 2018

This Is Exactly How an Airline CEO Packs Before Boarding a Long Flight

by Kelsey Clark


While we humbly consider ourselves frequent flyers, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines president and CEO Pieter Elbers admittedly has us beat. Considering he's spent a good portion of his life on a plane manning the oldest airline in the world, it makes sense that Business Insider tapped the businessman for his all-time best travel hacks, starting with how to pack a suitcase. Simply put, Elbers believes that having an organizational plan is key.

"Everything is in a fixed place. Everything is packed in the same way. I'm boarding an aircraft about every other week, so I want to make sure I don't forget anything," he told the online publication. "I need everything to be done in the very same way. I know where everything is packed, I know the sequence of packing it. So yes, I do it in the same very structured way." In other words, it's best to plan all outfits ahead of time and section off certain areas of your suitcase for specific items; any vacant space will serve as a reminder that you've forgotten something important.

He also offers up suggestions on how to beat jet lag. Considering the human body's internal clock can only adjust an hour and a half per day, Elbers combats the effects of a long flight with exercise. "Well, beating jet lag for me is an early morning run. So, wherever I go, I wake up early, I do my run, and that's, for me, the way to beat the jet lag," he explains. As BI also points out, his suggestion is backed by science—University of Sydney professor Steve Simpson explains that activity and exposure to sunlight are two proven ways to combat the effects of jet lag.

Head over to Business Insider for more, and read up on the compensation secrets airlines don't want you to know about next.

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