Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Fun Florida Mom Gives You 10 Flight Attendant Approved Packing Hacks That will Make Your Trip More Enjoyable!

Are you tired of struggling with packing for your trips?  Look no further!  In this blog post, Fun Florida Mom, who is also a seasoned flight attendant, will bring you 10 packing hacks that will revolutionize your travel experience.  From clever space-saving tips to must-have travel essentials, get ready to pack like a pro and make your next trip a breeze!

1.  Compression Packing Cubes:  Maximize space in your suitcase with these handy packing cubes that compress your clothes and keep them organized.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:  You can fit SOOO much more in your bag with these cubes!  Although I like to travel as light as possible, sometimes when you're coming or going from different climates, that's difficult.

2.  Portable Steamer:  Say goodbye to wrinkles with a compact and travel-friendly steamer that ensures you look fresh and put-together on your journey.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:  My clothes friends know, I'm always on the go.  And although that's great, sometimes, it leaves you a bit wrinkled with an unpolished look.  This is your secret weapon!

3.  Travel-Sized Toiletry Bottles:  Transfer your favorite products into leak-proof and TSA-approved travel-sized bottles to save space and comply with airline regulations.

Personal Experience:  These are wonderful!  Although I am a flight attendant and in our uniform, our bottle guidelines are different, I often travel non-rev and international.  These bottles allow me to bring smaller amounts of all of my favorite products. 

4.  Collapsible Water Bottle:  Stay hydrated on the go with a collapsible water bottle that takes up minimum space when empty.

Personal Experience:  I love these!  Whether you're refilling in the airport or before a hike, these make it so much easier to always have a bottle of water with you!

5.  Multipurpose Scarf:  Pack a versatile scarf that can be used as a fashion accessory, blanket, or even a makeshift pillow during your flight.

Personal Experience:  Although I always recommend this particular scarf to my trainees, I absolutely recommend it to everyone else!  On my last trip, I used it during the flight as a blanket and in Canada as a scarf!  One of my favorite travel items!

6.  Portable Phone Charger:  Never run out of battery again with a compact and powerful portable charger that keeps your devices juiced up on long flights.  ***Please note....DO  NOT stow these in overhead bins while they are plugged in or charging a device, they are serious fire hazards when not used properly!

Personal Experience:  These are lifesaver on the go!  I never like relying on technology while traveling but let's face it, we need our phone for everything!  Please take my advice above seriously!  No one wants a fire at 35, 000 ft!

7.  Travel Document Organizer:  Keep your passport, tickets, and important documents secure and easily accessible with a dedicated travel document organizer.

Personal Experience:  Along with having a travel document organizer, remember to always put your important documents back in the same place.  This will eliminate stress when you need to quickly access them while traveling!

8.  Noise-Cancelling Headphones:  Block out unwanted noise and enjoy your favorite music or movies in peace with noise-cancelling headphones for a more relaxed journey.

Personal experience:  Ugh...I'm a mom so I can sympathize but on my last trip, all three flights home, there were crying babies the entire flight.  I was so thankful for my Bose noise-cancelling headphones!  I can only imagine what it would have been like without them!

9.  Travel-Sized First Aid Kit:  Be prepared for any minor injuries with a compact first aid kit that includes essential items like band-aids, pain relievers, and antiseptic wipes.

Personal Experience:  No one wants to get hurt or not feel good but you never know!  And it's always better to be safe than sorry!  A simple slip without a band-aid can be a bloody mess!

10.  Travel-Friendly Snacks:  Avoid hunger pains during your flight by packing healthy snacks and portable snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, or nuts.

Personal Experience:  I am the queen of always having enough food and beverage for at least myself and sometimes other people.  I've been on too many tarmac delays as a passenger and I'm always thankful to have enough food and water to sustain myself during the ordeal.  You never know and it's always better to be safe than sorry!

Remember, preparation is key when it comes to stress-free travel.  With these flight attendant approved packing hacks, you'll be well-equipped to breeze through your next adventure.  Happy travels!

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Sunday, May 14, 2023


1. Clearwater Beach
  • Spend the day at Clearwater Beach, known for it's soft white sand and calm waters.
  • Take a dolphin watching tour or rent a paddleboard to explore the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Enjoy dinner at one of the many seafood restaurants on the beach.
2.Siesta Key Beach
  • Drive to Siesta Key Bech, located in Sarasota, which has been named the best beach in the US multiple times.
  • Spend the day lounging on the beach, playing in the sand and swimming in the clear waters.
  • Take a sunset cruise or enjoy dinner at one of the beachfront restaurants.
3.  Cocoa Beach
  • Head to Cocoa Beach, located on Florida's Space Coast, which is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and great waves for surfing.
  • Visit the Kennedy Space Center or take a surf lesson.
  • Enjoy dinner at one of the beachside restaurants or enjoy my personal favorite, Grills Seafood, located at Port Canaveral.
4.  Sanibel Island
  • MY mom has verified, Sanibel Island is back open (it's her favorite)!
  • Drive to Sanibel Island, located on the Gulf of Mexico, which is known for its shelling beaches and wildlife.
  • Enjoy dinner at one of the islands seafood restaurants.
5.  Miami Beach
  • Drive to Miami Beach, known for its vibrant culture, art deco architecture, and beautiful beaches.
  • Spend the day lounging on the beach, exploring the city's many attractions, or taking a boat tour.
  • Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants on Ocean Drive.

I hope this helps you plan your trip to the best family-friendly beaches in Florida!