A flight attendant told Insider that passengers commonly overpack and leave important items in their carry-on.
A flight attendant told Insider that passengers commonly overpack and leave important items in their carry-on.Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group/Getty Images/FreshSplash/Getty Images
  • CiCi is a flight attendant who shares packing tips and tricks on TikTok.

  • She told Insider the biggest mistakes passengers make when packing a carry-on.

  • Travelers make a lot of common errors.

CiCi told Insider that after four years as a flight attendant, she has a newfound love for the sky and packing suitcases.

CiCi has been a flight attendant at a major airline for four years.
CiCi has been a flight attendant at a major airline for four years.@cici_inthesky/TikTok

CiCi told Insider that her job as a flight attendant has changed the way she packs. cici_inthesky shares some of the tips she has learned about flying on her TikTok account.

Insider was asked to remove her full name and the airline she works for for privacy reasons. She worked in real estate before she became a flight attendant. Insider was able to confirm CiCi's employment as a flight attendant.

CiCi told Insider that she has loved it and that it is a completely different lifestyle than what she has lived for the last 20 years.

She shared seven mistakes she sees passengers make when packing their suitcases. Take a look at the mistakes CiCi sees.

The biggest mistake CiCi has seen is when travelers pack their bags so full that they can not lift them into overhead bins.

A person lifts their luggage into an overhead bin.
A person lifts their luggage into an overhead bin.PONG HANDSOME/Shutterstock

CiCi said she sees passengers who can't pick up their carry-on bags and have to ask for help from other passengers or a flight attendant. Lifting suitcases is not part of her job.

CiCi doesn't want to hurt herself by lifting someone else's bag. If a flight attendant gets injured while helping with suitcases, they may not receive worker's compensation because airlines can make lifting passengers' suitcases against their policy.

CiCi said passengers should be comfortable lifting their luggage.

According to US News and World Report, Frontier Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have carry-on weight limits that are different from other airlines. If your bag is too heavy, you might have to check it out at the gate. CiCi said that this can add time to your travel plans.

She said passengers should not bring more than two bags on the plane.

A person pulls two bags through an airport.trattieritratti/Shutterstock

CiCi said she sees people who are flying with a roller suitcase, a backpack, and a purse. Gate agents often ask passengers to consolidate their belongings into two bags because of airline rules that require one too many carry-on bags.

According to USA Today, most airlines allow passengers to have one item in the overhead bin and one personal item below the seat in front of them.

Some airlines charge extra for carry-on suitcases, which can range from $10 to $75, and CiCi said passengers should make sure they are able to fit their belongings into the allotted amount of bags.

Another mistake is when essentials aren't easily accessible, which can cause delays.

CiCi said keep things like your book in your personal item — not your carry-on suitcase.SolStock/Getty Images

Passengers who need to access their carry-on suitcases can cause delays. Passengers are told to pack their personal items with their luggage.

She said that people put things that they need on the plane, like their book and their earbuds, inside their suitcase.

If a passenger has to sift through their belongings during the boarding process, this can cause delays and block other passengers from their seats.

If turbulence shifted the bags in the overhead bin, they could fall and hurt someone.

CiCi said to make sure your personal item is within reach during the flight, and to make sure all your flight essentials are in your personal item.

Many passengers do not pack their liquids correctly.

A person transfers toiletries into smaller containers.Elizaveta Galitckaia/Shutterstock

The changing altitudes that an airplane experiences cause gas and air to expand. According to The Points Guy, this can cause leaks in your carry-on from everything from toiletries to water bottles.

CiCi told Insider that in her experience, people's stuff leaks all over the place. CiCi said she has a few tips.

As soon as possible, squeeze as much air out of the bottle as possible. She said that this will help prevent expansion.

She said to choose travel-sized containers wisely. CiCi said she has tried dozens of different travel-sized containers that were designed to not leak, but the ones she has had the most success with have screw-on caps instead of snap-on tops.

She believes that these create a tighter seal, which helps prevent leaking.

Passengers don't pack a water bottle.

A person fills up their reusable water bottle at an airport.myboys.me/Shutterstock

CiCi said staying hydrated is one of the most important things to do on a flight.

Travelers should drink 8 ounces of water per hour on an airplane to stay hydrated.

CiCi said that you can bring a frozen water bottle or an empty water bottle if you want to. According to the Transportation Security Administration, frozen liquids are allowed through security as long as they are completely frozen.

Some travelers forget to pack their own snacks.

A woman eats an apple on an airplane.frantic00/Shutterstock

During the summer season turbulence can get intense. The summer months bring high heat, which causes more convective turbulence in the sky. Flight attendants are sometimes required to be seated for an entire flight when there is a lot of turbulence.

Passengers don't get snacks or beverages if flight attendants can't get up. According to The Points Guy, some airlines like Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air have stopped offering complimentary snacks and instead offer drinks and snacks for sale.

Passengers should have their own snacks. She said she always has a few bags of nuts in her luggage.

CiCi said she sometimes sees passengers packing heavy items instead of wearing their clothes on the plane.

A woman wears a jacket in an airport.Dmitry Marchenko/EyeEm/Getty Images

CiCi said packing heavy items instead of wearing them onboard the plane is a mistake if you are flying with just a carry-on.

CiCi said she is sometimes shocked to speak to passengers who are traveling far distances with just a carry-on.

That is not what CiCi does. Even though she was flying out of Florida, CiCi made sure to wear her bulky rain boots, sweater, and jacket. She said that this saved her a lot of space in her carry-on and allowed her to pack more outfits for her trip.

The original article can be found on Insider.