Bag Jet Lag
Just like you, flight attendants are vulnerable to jet lag. Some pro tips to help you cope: When flying east, adjust your internal clock by wearing sunglasses or an eye mask to block daylight until about 10 a.m. on the morning you arrive. Get on your destination's local time ASAP — or even before you leave home, if possible. And if you absolutely must nap, sleep no more than three hours.
Keep Yourself Comfy
1. If you chill easily, remember that window seats are colder than those on the aisle. Wherever you sit, though, you should bring a sweater onboard. And never, ever walk around an airplane in your bare feet. Eew! No one is mopping the lavatory floors mid-flight.
2. Speaking of feet, attendants prize forgiving footwear. Like nurses, many favor the "cloggy but comfortable" Dansko brand, as one attendant told us. There's also a European maker called Skypro that makes shoes specifically for flight crews. And sturdy Clarks are another favorite among attendants.
3. Because dry air and high cabin pressure can dull passengers' sense of taste, airline food is often loaded with sodium. For healthy treats on short flights, pack your own veggies, nuts and fruit. With long flights, consider preordering a special meal such as low-sodium, kosher or vegetarian.
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