A FLIGHT attendant has baffled the Internet by sharing her best travelling secrets – including using shower caps for shoes and a hanger for your curtains.
Esther Sturrus always dreamed of being a flight attendant and at 16, she attended an aviation course, before going on to work for TUI in 2019 and later KLM.
Now, with her expertise and knowledge, she reveals the golden tips and tricks to keep in mind when travelling.
In a video uploaded to TikTok, which has racked up 1.2 million views and over 52,000 likes, she shared insights into the top 10 things to remember while abroad.
LEAVE A SHOE IN THE SAFE
Many hotels, hostels and holiday rentals come with a safe, which is for holidaymakers to put any expensive items that they’d like to keep locked away.
Esther, from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, told NeedToKnow.co.uk: “My biggest tip is to leave your shoe in the safe.
“This way you will never forget anything from your safe.
“You will notice when you want to leave that you are missing a shoe, it’s also quite a funny one!”
SOAK A SMALL TOWEL WHEN YOU GET TO YOUR HOTEL
Aeroplanes are renowned for their dry air, as they circulate the outside air, in order to keep the indoor air fresh and healthy to breathe.
But unfortunately, this constant onslaught of fresh outdoor air keeps humidity levels way down, which means that you dehydrate faster than normal.
Esther said: “Being on planes means you always suffer from the dry air.
“And it is not nice if you also have dry air in your hotel room.
“So another big tip of mine is, when you arrive at your accommodation, soak a small towel and place it in front of the heater.
“That water evaporates and in a small hotel room that can bring just a little relief.”
CREATE SPACE BY ROLLING CLOTHES:
When it comes to packing, most travellers will try to fit as much as they can in bags and suitcases, and this way, you can fit in as much as you please.
Esther explained: “It always seems like there’s never enough room in your luggage when packing for a great journey.
“However, one of the top travel hacks for packing is to roll your clothes instead of folding them!”
CHEAPER AIRLINE FLIGHTS WITH PRIVATE BROWSING
Travel sites and airlines will often record your browsing history by installing cookies on your browser, which can drive the prices of flights up.
Esther said: “These companies know how often you visit their site and will typically raise the price because of your frequent visits.
“Therefore, by using private browsing, nothing can be tracked or traced.”
EMAIL A SCAN OF YOUR PASSPORT TO YOURSELF
This is one of Esther’s biggest tips, as it could come in very handy.
The 22-year-old said: “Having proof of who you are is vital when travelling on international flights.
“This is especially true if you are a victim of burglary or loss.”
USE A HANGER FOR YOUR CURTAINS
Esther uses this tip to make sure her hotel room is dark enough for her to get to sleep.
She added: “Are your curtains not closing properly? Use a clothes hanger!
“You clip this on the curtain so that no more light comes in between.”
CHARGE ELECTRONIC DEVICES THROUGH A TV
“One of the most innovative travel hacks is to charge your electronic devices through a TV,” said Esther.
“This is extremely helpful if you forgot or lost your wall plug for your charger.”
While this hack will work, it will take a fair bit longer to charge your devices than doing it by using a plug.
USE A SHOWER CAP FOR YOUR SHOES:
“This way your clothes won’t get dirty when you put your shoes in the suitcase,” she said
DON’T PUT YOUR TOOTHBRUSH ON THE SINK
Esther continued: “I never find sinks themselves, that fresh.
“So I turn a paper cup upside down and stab my toothbrush into it.
“That way I don’t have to put it on the sink.”
USE YOUR HAIRDRYER TO CLEAR YOUR MIRROR
When getting ready in your hotel bathroom after having a shower, the mist will often make mirrors fogged up.
However, a hairdryer can make light work of that and clear the mist away.
The 22-year-old said: “The best place to use it is in the bathroom.
“If your mirror is steamed up after showering, put a hair dryer on it, or hair-dry near it, and it goes straight away!”
Users flocked to the comments to share their reactions, with many left in awe of the hidden tricks.
One person said: “Wow! These are really cool ideas…. Thanks for sharing!”
Someone else wrote: “Shoe hack is a great idea.”
A third added: “The hanger! Thank you, I hate light in the room at 6 am and as a man I don’t have the girls accessories.”
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