What’s in a pilot’s suitcase? My ultimate packing tips

What’s in a pilot’s suitcase? My ultimate packing tips
07/10/2018 pilotpatrick

Hello my Aviator,

through my profession as a pilot, I not only became a professional traveller but a packing expert as well. I am definitely not a good example when it comes to travelling light weighted. But what makes my luggage so heavy? I will reveal the content in this blog post. Packing a suitcase for a long journey can be time-consuming and disappointing when you forget something important in the end.  I will give you some great packing tips to make your next packing session a lot more enjoyable.

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From my first pilot salary I didn’t buy a pilot watch, but a set of suitcases

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Choose the right size of a suitcase for your trip!

Home is where my bags are

I am travelling for about half of the month. Sometimes I am gone from home for one week during my travels as a pilot. My luggage becomes my loyal travel buddy. That is why I need to rely on it. Each piece needs to be the correct size and of good quality. The design of the luggage is also very important. My current checked luggage is out of polycarbonate material and with four wheels to handle it more easily. The volume of 89l and the unique shape are ideal for longer journeys. Besides my checked luggage, I take my business trolley/pilot case.

What makes my checked luggage so heavy?

Travelling light is no longer an option for me. I try to save weight wherever I can, but my blogger activities require a lot of electronics and other equipment.

I also take a good variety of clothing for photo shootings. A suit and a minimum of two pair of shoes are always on board. Besides my clothing, I pack:

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LW19QX2|B01LW19QX2|B01LWCQ81A’ text=’Carbon tripod of Rollei*’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwpilotpatri-21|wwwpilotpat00-21|pilotpatrick-20′ marketplace=’DE|UK|US’ link_id=’28723399-ca1f-11e8-a78e-a13fb93c78dc’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01C847NUK|B01C89H12K|B01D8C6ULO’ text=’Power hub of Anker*’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwpilotpatri-21|wwwpilotpat00-21|pilotpatrick-20′ marketplace=’DE|UK|US’ link_id=’eea09c4e-ca1f-11e8-b619-877892390463′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B077BRX9B8|B0779B9VRP|B0774KTV1X’ text=’Panasonic Lumix G9*’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwpilotpatri-21|wwwpilotpat00-21|pilotpatrick-20′ marketplace=’DE|UK|US’ link_id=’5de0d558-ca20-11e8-9e7e-c7b2670bf5de’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B071KVFPHK|B00D76RNLS’ text=’Tripods*’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwpilotpatri-21|pilotpatrick-20′ marketplace=’DE|US’ link_id=’b6e97f10-ca20-11e8-ad77-79cf9e3b4874′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B015R0IQGW|B015R0IQGW|B015R0IQGW’ text=’Microphone of Rohde*’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwpilotpatri-21|wwwpilotpat00-21|pilotpatrick-20′ marketplace=’DE|UK|US’ link_id=’e6c49ff4-ca20-11e8-b476-47094e8274d4′]
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My blogger essentials

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Small speaker for good sound in the hotel room

10 ultimate packing tips

  1. Pack for the right weather and use the right size of a suitcase
  2. Put your clothing and items e.g. on a bed to get an overview
  3. Pack clothing which can be easily combined to create different outfits
  4. Always put your clothing in the same spot in the suitcase so you find it more easily
  5. Take a first aid kit for emergency cases
  6. Use dead space in shoes or between the telescopic handle for clothing
  7. Roll your clothing to occupy minimum space
  8. Packing cubes can be helpful to organize your clothing
  9. After finishing go through your checklist with the most important items
  10. Never put valuables in your checked luggage and use a TSA lock

In my video on YouTube channel: PilotPatrick, I wrapped it all together.

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Put everything on the bed to get an overview

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All travellers should pack a first aid kit

Three items I always pack

  • Sleeping masks: to able to sleep in darkness also during the day
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B000TGKMZS|B00HCNHXV2|B01N8STO25′ text=’Earplugs*’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwpilotpatri-21|wwwpilotpat00-21|pilotpatrick-20′ marketplace=’DE|UK|US’ link_id=’fd298bb3-ca21-11e8-8ecc-bb0dce99ba0a’]: to have a silent and relaxing sleep
  • Swim shorts: the beach or pool can only be one flight away
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My before leaving home checklist not to forget anything important

I hope you enjoyed my packing tips and find them helpful when packing next time!

What are the three items you always take on a journey? Please let me know in a comment below and subscribe to my newsletter with your email.

Safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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  1. Shiran Abraham 2 years ago

    Very useful tips you just wrote on your blog very interesting as always I’m your regular blog read always love to read your blog this one is so important n useful blog as Im always irritated to pack my suitcases because I really don’t know how to pack my suitcase last time I went to nepal n I was needed to pay extra charges for my language but now I learned from your blog n I have seen on your vlog how to pack suitcases n how to used small things for pack bag I definitely go by your tips n thank you for always inspiring me !!!i always Cary first aid box , swim suit n off course earplugs!!!!

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 1 year ago

      Hello crazy Aviator! That makes me happy to hear that I you find my this helpful 🙂

  2. Jan 2 years ago

    Love this blog Patrick! Keep up the excellent work! ! ⭐

  3. Kella 2 years ago

    Hi Patrick. This is the first time for me to give comment on your blog. This is very helpful for me to pack my suitcase for my next long journey‍♀️.
    Well the 3 things I must bring for travelling are:
    1. My watch
    2. Cellphone
    3. Credit / Debit Card

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 1 year ago

      Hello Kella, thanks for your first comment! 🙂

  4. Patricia 1 year ago

    ohhhhh…. hello patrick your blog was so very interesting

  5. LUCY 1 year ago

    You’re so nice Patrick…your infomation very useful even though i’m not a pilot. But the things is , someone Scammer using your Picture to cheated…

  6. The Modern Aviator 8 months ago

    Great tips…Don’t forget headphones and chargers!

  7. Andy Smith 7 months ago

    Well, so nice packing tips for the pilot’s that you have shared here & I hope this will be a great suggestion for them. I think pilots should add a perfect pilot case in their packing list & its very important for them. So for the best pilot cases, we need to search for the best place to buy this. I think “A1 FASHION GOODS” has a better option for getting top quality pilot cases at a reasonable price.

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