4 Things a Flight Attendant Knows About Traveling (That You Don't)

Updated 01/23/18

While pilots navigate the skies, passengers would be lost without flight attendants. Their job isn't always easy, but no one knows more about traveling well than they do. Enter Heather, a Miami-based flight attendant, who recently shared her insider information about how to make any flight go smoothly with SheKnows. From years of experience, she's learned exactly what to pack in her carry-on, the best day of the week to travel, and how to avoid jet lag. Here are the best-kept travel secrets that you need to know before you book your next flight, according to a pro traveler:

1. Keep health products in your carry-on. Make sure you've packed the hand sanitizer, Emergen-C, ibuprofen, vitamins, and any essential medicine before you toss in your headphones, phone charger, and gum. You never know what you might need on a long flight.

2. Book a flight that departs Monday through Thursday. Avoid weekend and holiday departures to get a better deal on a flight and to steer clear of crowded airports and overbooked flights.

3. Prepare for airplane dryness. Aside from drinking water, Heather suggests packing a moisturizer, nasal spray, eye drops, and lip balm in your carry-on.

4. Sleep and eat well to beat jet lag. It's also important to stay hydrated and try to exercise the day of your flight to aid circulation. After you land, eat your meals on the same schedule you would at home to keep your body on track.

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