I would like to start this post off by saying that my ultimate goal is to start vlogging when I get more settled into my career as an FA and have more time to edit videos because I can’t do anything halfway or of poor quality.
Sooooo…I received a CJO in June for my airline and will be leaving for 4 weeks of ground training in Salt Lake City, UT. I was so excited to receive my job offer but quickly discovered that there was little to no info from people who were hired by my airline (or other regionals) on preparing for training. I like to do as much advanced planning as possible and my airline didn’t send out my training info and details until three weeks before training!!!!! (cue panic mode and running around like a chicken with my head cut off for medical clearances, clothing items, legal documents and such). So my purpose in creating my next set of posts is to help those who will come after me looking for the information I was looking for a few months ago. I won’t say what airline I am working for but if you use the context clues, you can easily figure it out. haha.
Hopefully this is useful for anyone attending FA Training with any airline as the information will be a little bit generalized because I am going to be a bit selective with the details I am sharing for confidentiality purposes. Anyways, Enjoy! Please subscribe as I will be writing more about my actual training experience and please read my previous posts to see how I got to this point =)
Now let’s get to it…
Congrats! You got your CJO!…or you’re almost there!
The following are things that I would suggest that you do or start to think about at around the one month-ish mark from your training date after receiving a CJO:
1. Schedule an appointment for a Physical Exam with your doctor – even if you dont have medical clearance forms yet, you can always take them back to your doc later to just fill in quickly. This is helpful so that you aren’t scrambling three weeks out if your doctor is far away or has a busy schedule.
2. Start buying things you know you’ll need for training – it helps to break up your shopping because when you get a little at a time, you’re not spending as much money at once and you can mull over purchases, deciding over time whether they are necessary or not.
3. Start to familiarize yourself with airport codes and learn time zones – for my airline you wont need to know airport codes however I think perhaps that it will be helpful not to constantly have to google codes, just my personal thought.
4. Change your phone to military time– I learned military time quickly this way and you’re gonna need to know it, bottom line. I learn best through repetition and application so this worked like a charm.
5. Think about your learning style – I know that I learn best by doing (application of information)and I am also a visual learner. So for me I knew before I started studying that I would need lots of colorful markers to make things pop. Writing things down over and over helps me a TON and seeing things/repeating things helps me as well. I know that If I have three weeks to study, I need to develop a routine to expose myself to the material every SINGLE day to learn it. Figure out what works best for YOU and then use it to your advantage before and during training.
6. Cut back on expenses – This is hard but obviously necessary especially if you are taking a pay cut, whether you have saved money or not. I underestimated my expenses and have spent lots of money even before training has begun.
Okay, now to the good stuff…
This is my personal packing list and I have included photos where possible. I am able to bring 2 checked bags (with weight restriction) , one carry-on, and one personal item.
Here are photos of the bags I decided to bring. I had one suitcase (tan) previously. Since I only had one, I decided to buy my plain black suitcase for work now so that I’d have 2 suitcases to take to training.
Tan suitcase is Nicole Miller – Marshall’s , $50
Black suitcase is a 21″ rollaboard with 2 wheels (to ensure it fits on crj 200)- Walmart, $25 (I went cheap and figured I’d get a nicer suitcase later, maybe for my birthday or Christmas). Many people opt for the Travelpro or Luggage Works suitcases.
Below, * will indicate highly recommended items
Important Personal Documents:
- Drivers License*
- Birth Certificate*
- Social Security Card*
- Copies of medical clearance paperwork
So in general, I will be bringing several business casual items as well as items for drill days, days off, lounge wear, and some casual clothing for any possible dinner outings after training class.
- 2 pairs of slacks
- 2 knee length pencil skirts
- 4 blouses
- 1 navy blazer
- 2 cardigans – 1 black, 1 tan
- 4 camisols in various neutral colors
- 5 pairs pantyhose (or socks for men – required to be worn each day)*
- 1 belt *
Please excuse my wrinkles. I just moved and everything was in bags so there’s that…
If you’d like info on any of the clothing items pictured above, please let me know in the comments or via email.
Neutral colored items were not required but I chose to stay pretty neutral in some of my color choices because of the ability to mix and match items. I wanted to get the most possible outfits out of the least pieces possible. Some items are not pictured here.
Casual Clothing / Loungewear
This where you decide what you want to bring for evenings at the hotel, relaxing, studying, and also clothing for hanging out during any down time. I’m not a very athletic person so hiking, or any outdoorsy activities aren’t really for me. Just take into consideration the weather and geography of where you are going and what you will do in your free time. For me studying, eating out, and maybe some shopping are all possibilities so I chose items accordingly
- 1 pair of jeans (for drill day and outings)*
- 1 long sleeved white t-shirt (no words or graphics for drill day)*
- 5 T-shirts
- 5 pairs of sweatpants/leggings
- 2 sweatshirts/hoodies
- 2 casual tops
- 2 casual dresses
Pictured above: Jeans, White T-shirt – both previously purchased from gap
- Concourse shoes* (for graduation day)
- Fully enclosed flats*
- Casual sandals
Pictured above: My fabulous comfortable, concourse shoes – Style: Tarah Rosie, Clarks Outlet, $35
- 3 ring binder
- Filler paper
- Index cards
- Pens and pencils
- Bag locks
- Black Tote Bag (highly recommended to carry to training class daily)
- Hair products
- Nail kit
- Medications/first aid kit – ibuprofen, tylenol, allergy meds, vitamins
Pictured above: 3 pack pantyhose -Playtex store, $17; 2 pairs pantyhose- Target , $5 each; Watch – Target, $10, Bag locks – TJ Maxx, $4; Flashlight-Target, $5;
Oh, one last thing…
I got this awesome vegan leather, reversible tote bag on Amazon.com for 24 dollars! I love it because it is super sturdy, huge, and comes with a little brown wristlet. I’m in love with this bag. It will serve as my carry on for my flight to training, a bag to carry my binder and lunch to training class, AND as a tote bag to use when I am finally working on the line. It’s versatile, and is going to be put to great use. I have included the link below. ( I get nothing for doing that. I just love this bag and was surprised by it’s quality for the amount I spent on it).
There will be multiple trips to Walmart once I get to training so I wont be overloading on products that I can buy when I get there. However, I am trying to save money so if I have the products I need on hand at home, I will be bringing them along. ie. shampoo, conditioner, face wash, moisturizer, etc.
Any staples or must-have products that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get at Walmart, I will be sure to bring with me as well (ie. makeup products, special skin care products, special snacks, etc.)
Please Please Please, comment or email me with any questions you have. Also, comment below if you have attended flight attending training and share what YOU brought that was helpful to you. It might help me if i forgot anything or someone else reading.
Thanks so much for reading and good luck at training!
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