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cabin crew: what to bring along from home

Written by goflygirl, 6 years ago, 35 Comments

so a few of you asked what would be some of the things that you need to bring from home so I asked a few friends as well and we came up with this list… if you have any other things you might think should be added please comment and I’ll add it, thanks :)

What to bring with:

  • a lot of hair clips (there are some here in dubai but its not always the best ones, not the right colour or size)
  • stockings!! you can never have too many. it’s a good idea to bring a few pairs with before you scout the shops here to know where the best ones are
  • money – the first three months you will not receive your full salary so it can get pretty tight depending on your determination to stick to your budget ;) I had about 2000dhs that I brought from home, and with a relatively tight budget I managed…
  • medicine – compared to South Africa there is not a big choice at all when it comes to cold & flu medicine, so pack something from home (as most crew tend to get a bit sick during training) and maybe something to build up your immune system as well (just make sure everything falls under the regulations of medicine that’s allowed in Dubai, emirates will send you a list on your profile page once accepted)
  • a party dress or two :) even if you’re not into clubbing (like me) dubai has a way of getting you into a skimpy little dress and onto a dancefloor, hehe
  • something to make you think of home, photos, soft toys or anything really
  • a laptop or ipad would be beneficial and DO remember to download skype BEFORE you come!! (as you are not allowed to download it here but you are allowed to use it? weird I know)
  • cellphone – I brought my cellphone with and a pay as you go package with roaming for the first few days before I got to a local service provider to buy a new sim card. so that enabled me to make contact with my family and friends back home the first few days, as the room you get put in might not have internet yet and you might then be stuck without a phone or skype.
  • most stuff you would need are available in dubai so the things mentioned above I would think are the most important

All things black

  • black bag to carry around during training to pack your lunch, cardigan, notebooks or whatever :) it needs to be black to fit in with your red shirt and black trousers
  • black trousers, business like but comfortable to move around in (or two as you are going to wear it everyday for the first 4 weeks!) needs to be neat and loose fitted, no skinnys or trackpants.
  • black shoes (for girls: ballerina pumps or any other black shoe that’s got no bling on them) maybe consider bringing more than one pair as the stockings and all the activities might make them smell a bit and trust me you dont want to sit in a class with smelly feet. or try to find small socks that will not be visible to wear with your stockings.
  • black cardigan or blazer to wear with your red shirt, as some of the classes are quite cold

Things that you should know about dubai

  • the water in dubai is quite harsh on the hair and most crew complain about hair loss. I am one of those ‘victims’. I am loosing so many hair each time I shower its scary, but luckily so far there’s no bold spots ;) what you can do is maybe ask your pharmacist at home what he/she would recommend for that. A lot of girls here also buy a water filter for the shower head and it seems to help (no proof really) but I guess it makes you feel better. It will cost you about 150-250 dhs
  • the people in dubai do not dress that conservative as you might think, so dont be afraid to pack in those dresses and shorts (only during ramadan the people cover up a bit more)
  • the weather is damn hottt!! :)

Dubai is what you make of it, there is something for everyone here! hope you are super excited to join and it is normal to be a bit nervous too… its a wonderful experience!!!

Good luck with your training!! see you soon :)

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  1. ClemenceSeptember 6, 2012, 8:27 PM

    thank you so much! I’m leaving for dubai in exactly two months and I was wondering about what to pack. thank you!

    • goflygirlSeptember 8, 2012, 12:53 PM

      hey Clemence :) congratulations!! you are welcome, enjoy the last months at home and make the most of it!

  2. Erika PrinsSeptember 8, 2012, 3:42 AM

    Thanks do much for all the insight! I leave in six days and am starting to get sad and excited! I just found out I am living in the 21sr century tower. I think this is a good one?! I am overall just very thankful for all te information you have provided for me and others like me thanks so much!!

    • goflygirlSeptember 8, 2012, 12:58 PM

      you are welcome :) yes 21st century is on sheik zayed road, just down the street from me, close to the dubai mall and metro station (lucky girl!) if there’s anything else you are wondering about feel free to ask. enjoy those last days Seattle!!

  3. CarlaSeptember 8, 2012, 5:13 AM

    Thank you so much! This is very helpful. I’m leaving in a few days and just started packing.

    • goflygirlSeptember 8, 2012, 12:59 PM

      congrats!!! good luck with the packing ;)

  4. Sherif SalehSeptember 8, 2012, 11:53 AM

    Yo!! thank you for the information. :) one of our colleagues, who’s already there recommended to bring over a black bag “i think to carry your stuff in” im still not sure what kind of bags though. :)

    • goflygirlSeptember 8, 2012, 1:05 PM

      ah yes! thanks for reminding me, will def add it to the list!

      • mariaSeptember 8, 2012, 2:02 PM

        hei! My joning date is 19th september. What knind of black bag??

        • goflygirlSeptember 8, 2012, 2:48 PM

          congratulations maria!! check on my post about what to bring with, I added ‘all things black’. good luck with the packing!! :)

  5. mariaSeptember 8, 2012, 2:18 PM

    another curiosityȘ are we llowed to wear black sports pants during training? i have no idea what kind of pants to buy for training…like suit pants, black pants with a tight leg are ok?

  6. ManonSeptember 10, 2012, 12:04 AM

    Hi! I am leaving France to Dubai in October and I was wondering if we are allowed to wear support stockings and what type. Skin colour compulsory I think but I can a shinny (just a little bit) pair of them. What do you think ?
    For hair loss, I think it also could be caused by stress…

    • ManonSeptember 10, 2012, 12:37 AM

      My mistake! I have made some research about water and hair loss and you are right. I am searching if there are alternatives or other usefull things to purify water. I let you know if I find… :-)

      • ManonSeptember 10, 2012, 12:49 AM

        I have found a website http://www.dubaimadame.com (both English and French) in which they advise to buy a Pure Blue filter for shower. Hair loss is due to a high level of Chlorine in the water in Dubai. Basically, the same advise you wrote.

    • goflygirlSeptember 10, 2012, 2:47 PM

      hey manon :) thanks for your link to hairloss tips! yes support stockings is allowed and Im sure the shiny ones are too, so dont worry too much :) congrats and see you soon!

  7. DanSeptember 12, 2012, 3:03 PM

    Wow! Just found your blog and really interesting plus informative, I am not a cabin crew ,I still have to wait two years but Ive always wanted to become a cabin crew!
    Thanks for the information and goodluck :)

    • goflygirlSeptember 18, 2012, 11:05 PM

      Thanks Dan! hope those few years fly by ;)

  8. MelisSeptember 15, 2012, 5:02 PM

    Hi. thank you so much for your blog could not put the comp down.
    *So as ek mag vra – ivm make up, wat moet ek alles saam bring, onderlaag, eye shadow, maskara, en oogpotlood? Sal dit voldoende wees.
    *Wanneer begin mens eintlik met tekkies werk, oefen weet nie of ek moet inpak of daar koop nie.
    * En in die huis/flat – wat het mens alles nodig ek het nie inligting gekry nie en voel heel verdwaal. watter beddegoed size ens. Enige waspoeier ens bring, is daar wasmasjiene? Hangers en stryk yster ens?
    * ek ken iemand in Emirates en hul het gese mens kry jou travel bag so jy hoef nie te koop nie is dit reg?
    *Hoeveel pare broeke het mens vir die 6 weke training nodig? en natuurlik pump die rooi hempde word voorsien reg?
    *Watter dag van die maand kry mens jou salaris?
    * Hoe gereeld kan mens winkel toe sou mens ietsie dalk vergeet

    Jy moet asb nie ophou moet jou blog nie dit sal baie ander mense die bietjie inligting gee nodig! Dit het my baie gehelp. Die trane het behoortlik gerol toe jy in Johannesburg gekom het vir jou eerste keer, dit gaan so iets wees tussen my en my man! Hy gaan hier in kaapstad bly….

    Jammer vir al die vrae. Hoop jy geniet dit nog daai kant.

    Groete Melissa

    • goflygirlSeptember 18, 2012, 11:25 PM

      Hey Melissa
      * ja make-up is pretty much alles wat jy genoem het en ‘n blusher dalk ook. jy het ‘n dag van grooming training ook, so daar sal hul jou als verduidelik hoe om jou make-up te doen.
      * wel enige swart gemaklike skoene, hoef nie noodwendig tekkies te wees nie, soos pumps, solank dit net plain swart is en geen hakkie het nie
      *meeste dinge vir die huis gee emirates vir jou. hul sal vir jou een of ander tyd op die portal ‘n lysie sit met als wat hul jou gan gee. daar is ‘n wasmasjien en yskas en ‘n stoof, jy gaan net jou eie strykyster koop en as jy wil microwave (as jou flatmate nog nie dit het nie, jy kan dit in dubai koop, is heelwat goedkoper)
      * ja emirates gee jou werks cabin bag en die groot tas vir layovers, so jy hoef niks te koop nie. ek het sommer met twee groot seilsakke van cape union mart gekom en dit is nou in my kas, anders as jy groot tasse bring dan staan dit jou kamer vol ;)
      *ekt net 2 swartbroeke gehad en dit was genoeg… ja jy kry 2 hemde met logo op
      * mens kry dit die 26e… die eerste paar maande kry jy nog nie jou volle salaris nie, so bring dalk maar ‘n geldjie saam as jy kan, ekt so 2000dhs gebring
      * wel hang seker af van waar jy bly… van die geboue het supermarkets reg onder, of jy kan taxi of metro neem tot by mall. jy is basically free om te doen wat en wanneer jy wil, dis maar net die klas wat jy elke dag moet bywoon, either die oggend of die aand klas, hul sal jou in groep indeel.

      Laat weet maar as daar nog iets is, jy kan my email by anemari.vdw@gmail.com

      dankie, ek probeer maar ‘n tydjie maak om dit up to date te hou…

      baie sterkte vir jou en jou man, dit gaan maar soms moeilik gaan maar hiers baie crew wat getroud is, so dit kan gedoen word :)

  9. CharlotteSeptember 17, 2012, 2:09 AM

    Hey! I found your blog today and I’m hooked! I got my GC yesterday and I fly out to Dubai November 30th so you’ve really given me a taste of what’s to come, so thanks :)

    • goflygirlSeptember 18, 2012, 11:07 PM

      Congrats Charlotte!! See you soon ;)

  10. NicoleSeptember 22, 2012, 6:28 PM

    Your blogs great, I fly out on 23rd November! This has really helped thanks

    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:56 PM

      thank you… thats tomorrow!!!! enjoy and best of luck!! xx

  11. AlexandraOctober 5, 2012, 8:02 PM

    Hello, I found your blog today too and it’s so good it’s really helpfull I fly from france to dubai november 16th I ‘ll probably see you nicole and charlotte as I’ll still be in training.
    I hope we are all going to be as good as you “goflygirl”.
    thank you for this blog hope to see you in dubai

    • goflygirlOctober 9, 2012, 2:18 PM

      Ah thank you Alexandra :) congratulations, and yes I’ll see you in dubai… I’m always keen on meeting new friends, enjoy your last weeks at home!

    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:53 PM

      thanks alexandra!! you’re in dubai already!!!! =D all the best with the training xx

  12. MigenaNovember 11, 2012, 6:56 PM

    hi! I love your blog! I’m not a cabin crew member but I would really like to work for Emirates! Your information is so useful even if I’m not a flight attendant, but I’ll remember all! :)

    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:40 PM

      Thank you Migena! much appreciated, good luck with your endeavours xx

  13. amyuysNovember 21, 2012, 2:50 PM

    Thank you for your advice:) I have found reading your blog very comforting as I now have an idea of what to expect when I arrive in December. I am a fellow South African and blogger, I apprecite the time you take t write this blog :)


    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:34 PM

      thanks amy, will check out your blog too! enjoy the last days at home xx

  14. NatalieNovember 21, 2012, 8:06 PM

    You have an AWESOME blog! I am also from South Africa and joining in 2 days :D might bump into sometime :)

    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:34 PM

      thanks natalie!! wow, awesome, you must be pretty excited?? :) are you happy with your accommodation?

      • PaulaJune 27, 2013, 7:49 AM

        My sister is joining soon and going to be in the Major Sedqui Building, any info on what its like?

  15. FreedomJuly 19, 2013, 7:58 AM

    Hi Goflygirl….. :)
    I find your blog really interesting to read came across when I was researching about Emirates.
    I just got done with my FI and now the wait is killing me :(
    Really tensed and nervous as my FI dint go so well (I was veryyyy nervous and dint speak all that I wanted to but my AD was awesome and I was really happy with what I spoke in the 2 mins interview on the AD)
    Do you think I stand a chance to be chosen keeping in mind the bad FI and is it possible for you to tell me as based on who’s comments the final decision is taken (I mean do they have a board discussion about a candidate’s overall performance or is it the final interviewer who takes the final decision…. (Super tensed)
    I will be really thankful to read from you soon and kudos to you for such a lovely blog.
    I do h ave experience as a cabin crew but flying for Emirates is like a dream for me and fingers crossed for it comes true !! :)

    • goflygirlSeptember 3, 2013, 11:16 PM

      heya. hope you’ve received good news already :) i dont know exactly who makes the final decision, sorry, but im sure the recruiters can see through the nerves ;) take care!