Packing List: Flight Attendant Training

Exactly two years ago I was getting ready to leave for Flight Attendant Training, and I was trying to figure out what the heck to bring with me. 

Packing for training is complicated by two factors:
1. You're about to live in a hotel room for six weeks.
2. You don't know where you're going after those six weeks are up. 

Normally I abhor overpacking, but in this particular situation there are so many different factors that can come into play. Location of training, your base, whether or not you'll be able to go home before going to to your base, if you're moving to your base, time of year, weather, etc.  

Here is a general list of things that I packed when for initial training. 

Business Casual Attire:
Two pairs of pants
Trouser socks
Three dresses
Two blazers
Four button down shirts
Three blouses
Two skirts
Ten pairs of pantyhose
Black flats
Black heels (less than 3in)
Additional flats
Additional heels 

Casual Attire:
Workout Clothes
Gym Sneakers
Casual tops
Casual shoes
Flip flops

Seasonal Clothing:
Warm coat

Facial Care routine items
Extra contact lenses
Makeup remover wipes
Hand sanitizer
Enough medications for two months (prescription and OTC)
Vitamin C Supplements
Hair dryer

Class Supplies:
Folder for loose papers/handouts
Post it Flags
Post It Notes
Masking Tape
Flash cards
Tote bag to carry class stuff in
Swimsuit that you can wear a shirt and shorts over

Other Items:
Laundry soap (I brought a baggie of soap pods)
Quarters for laundry
Water bottle
Extra phone battery/external charger
Chargers for phone and tablet
Reusable grocery bags (these are great for laundry)
Plastic baggies
Power strip/extension cord

Things to keep in mind:
-You're going to get uniform clothes and luggage while in training, so be ready to leave with more than you came with.

-Depending on the time of year and your base options, you may want to bring more or less seasonal apparel. I trained in Dallas and got based in Philly over March, so I had to make sure I had some transitional coats etc.

-Honestly, you probably won't NEED all of this for your six weeks of training, especially if you have access to a washer and dryer, but you will probably want most of it when you get to your base. Think through the logistics of getting to your base now. Will you fly home to collect your things before driving to your new city? Will you fly straight from training to your base? If you're flying to your base straight from training, I'm going to recommend that you take advantage of checking as many bags for free as you're allowed to. 

-Store your suitcases under your bed. You can keep a bunch of stuff that you aren't currently using in your bags during training. Use them for storage.

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