This Flight Attendant’s 3 Travel Essentials All Come from the Hardware Store

These could save your next trip, according to a viral Instagram reel.

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Lu ShaoJi/Moment/Getty Images
Lu ShaoJi/Moment/Getty Images

A social media-savvy flight attendant might have just spilled the beans on some of the most overlooked travel hacks around.

Cici, who describes herself as a flight attendant for a major airline, just took to Instagram to share three surprising travel essentials that have one thing in common: You can buy all of them at the hardware store.If you’re worried about germs, the first thing you need to get is shoe covers (or, alternatively, shower caps). You can slip those on your feet right before walking through security, and you can also use them to cover your shoe soles when you pack them in your luggage. That way, you avoid contact with nasty surfaces, and you can prevent the spread of germs.

Cici also encourages purchasing some bungee cords, which can be used in so many different ways. You can put them through your carry-on handle to attach your bag to it, or you can even use them to secure your pillow to your luggage. Plus, they serve as a great makeshift strap in case your carry-on handle breaks. She does, however, warn all travelers about them. “But be careful with bungee cords,” she says in the video. “‘Cause it’s a number-one eye injury in the emergency room.”

Last but not least, carabiners are a must-have, too-and for safety reasons, at that! According to Cici, you should use them to attach your water bottle to your bag. That way, you can prevent them from falling on people’s heads when you store your luggage in the overhead bins. And trust her, “it happens a lot.”

Looking for more travel tips?

Whether you need help sneaking weed onto a plane, finding an airport where you can sign up for PreCheck without an appointment, or making sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to when your flight is canceled, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for up-to-date travel hacks and all the travel news you need to help you plan your next big adventure.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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