My pre-flight routine

by - 10:00 PM

As a military flight attendant, I have a pretty strict routine when it comes to getting ready for a flight. I have to make sure that my uniform is perfectly pressed, my hair is styled just right, and my makeup is flawless. But even though it's a lot of work, I actually enjoy getting ready for my flights. It's a chance for me to relax and get myself mentally prepared for the day ahead.

I usually start by listening to my favorite music, getting dressed in my navy blue or black classy uniform set or dress. I love the way the uniform looks on me, and it always makes me feel confident, professional and special. I then add my wings badge and eventually, depending on the uniform version I decide to wear on the day - also the royal blue scarf around my neck.

Next, I do my hair and makeup. I usually wear my hair in a sleek bun or ponytail, or just let it be loose but flawless and elegant. And of course, I keep my makeup simple and natural - usually a light pink lipstick, a bit of blush, concealer, sparkly eyeshadow, mascara and time to time eyeliner and voila. I wanna look polished and professional, but I also don't want to look like I'm trying too hard or like I’m a supermodel on a runway, waiting’s to catch all the attention.

Once I'm finished getting ready, I take a few minutes to relax, drink a coffee and collect my thoughts. I think about the day ahead and the special passengers I'll be meeting soon. I wanna make sure that I'm giving them the best possible experience, so I try to stay positive, focused and upbeat… And playful, as always.

When it's time to leave for the base, I grab my bag, suitcase (one or more, depending on eventual layover) and head out the door. I always make sure to arrive at the base early so that I have plenty of time to check in and get ready for my flight.

**Here are some more details about my routine:**

* I usually wake up about three hours and half before my flight. This gives me really a lot of time to get ready and eat a tasty and nutritious breakfast. And if it’s not a morning one, my preparation starts also around three hours and half before.

* I always start by getting dressed in my uniform. I make sure that my uniform is perfectly pressed and that my hair and makeup are done just right.

* I then pack my bag with everything I need for the flight, including my passport, ID, documents and tablet.

* I leave for the base about an hour and half before my flight. This gives me plenty of time to check in, get through security and the pre-flight briefing, making sure we have all the necessary safety tools active and protocols filled.

* Once I'm at the gate, I usually take a few minutes to relax, chat with the fellow crew and collect my thoughts. I think about the day ahead, the passengers I'll be serving and the destination waiting for me on the other side of the sky, or just make a little plan of what to do once I’m back home.

I love having wings. It's a challenging and rewarding job, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve the strongest country in the world. I'm also grateful for the chance to share my routine with you. I hope you enjoyed this post!

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