When it comes to mastering the art of packing, few know the tricks of the trade better than flight attendants. Having amassed hundreds of hours in the air, they’re an untapped source of information and advice. Conde Nast Traveller spoke to three frequent fliers to find out their best-kept luggage secrets. Perfect your packing game and follow their three top organisation tips.

Pack Heavy Items First

“One of the simplest but often overlooked packing tips is to put heavier items at the bottom of your suitcase, meaning the short end where the wheels are—it’s easier to roll a bag through long airport hallways when the weight is down there,” one expert advises. “Flight attendants put shoes and toiletries there, and it makes a surprising difference during in-airport transit.”

Charge Smart

Chargers are a travel necessity, so flight attendants use this handy tip to ensure they don’t take up valuable space: “Pack a small outlet extender, one that makes one outlet turn into three with USB charge ports, which eliminates the need for extra plugs and chargers,” one insider says. “Then you can just bring the USB cords and not all the cumbersome plugs.”

Always Bring a Scarf

Regardless of your flight destination, frequent fliers swear by one carry-on essential: a large scarf. “Drape [it] over your shoulders if it is chilly, or use it as a blanket or rolled up pillow on the plane,” says a flight attendant.


What are your fail-proof packing tips?