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Winter is Coming: What to Wear and Pack for Cold Weather

There’s a marvelous Nordic maxim that says, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Despite months of darkness, frigid temperatures, and incessant snow and sleet, people in the Nordic countries don’t hibernate inside until the return of the midnight sun. Children play outside for hours in the freezing rain; people go for runs during what would be called a snowpocalypse in the American South; couples ice-skate and peruse Christmas markets in below-freezing temperatures. The key to not being miserably cold and suffering through endless teeth chattering is, as the oft-repeated adage goes, to simply take the cold seriously and dress properly for it.

But if dressing for the cold is an art form, packing for the cold is even more so. Anyone who has ever tried to stuff a full-length down puffer jacket into their carry-on knows that packing for the cold takes a bit more strategy. However, it is still possible to dress warmly while packing light! Here are seven tips for staying warm and stylish on your layovers.

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LAYER

Forget fancy jackets, the real key to staying warm is layering. Adding base layers to your suitcase instead of bulky sweaters or coats helps you stay snug and takes up less space in your bag. It also makes it easier to pack for airport standby or being on call in the winter, as your outfits can easily be adapted to a variety of temperatures simply by modifying what you layer underneath. During the winter, for example, it’s a good idea to pack a cami or tank top, long-sleeved shirt, turtleneck, and tights or leggings as base layers, as they could easily be layered under a pair of jeans and a sweater. A fleece vest is another great layering piece because it adds significant warmth without the bulk.

INVEST IN A GREAT COAT
If there’s one piece you splurge on, make it a great coat. A packable, waterproof coat with a hood is best because it will not only pack nicely in your suitcase and keep you warm, but the hood will keep you dry when it’s too windy for an umbrella. If you only have a wool coat, try layering it under a lightweight rain jacket with a hood so that you stay dry if it starts to drizzle.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FABRICS
It is impossible to stay warm if you’re wet! Avoid cotton anything – even socks – because the fabric soaks up moisture. Instead, choose natural fabrics such as wool or synthetics that are designed to be wicking and drying. This is especially important for both the layer closest to your skin and your outermost layer or coat, which should serve as protection from rain, snow, and wind.

DON’T FREEZE YOUR BOOTY OFF
Don’t forget about your lower half! Layering a pair of tights or leggings under your pants is an easy way to help your body retain heat and will go a long way toward keeping your whole body warm.

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
Avoid packing any boots with a heel or a slick sole and don’t pack anything that might get ruined if it got wet. Spray your boots with a waterproof spray for extra protection from the elements and bring wool or cashmere socks to keep your feet nice and warm. You can even add boiled wool or fleece insoles for extra insulation without bulk (they usually sell them at the European Christmas markets). While knee-high boots provide stylish warmth, they don’t pack well and take up too much space. Look for a Chelsea-style ankle boot instead.

ACCESORIZE
You lose most of your heat through your head so always pack a hat that covers your head and ears. Scarves are also a traveler’s best friend, especially in winter. Wear them Scandi style with it wrapped around your neck and the outside of your coat (in between the hood and your back) or Russian style with it wrapped around your neck and head. And don’t forget gloves! Tech-friendly ones make it easy to text, check a map, or get on Instagram without losing any fingers to frostbite.

IT’S ELECTRIC
When the weather gets frightful, it can be a good idea to keep some electric hand and foot warmers in your suitcase. They don’t take up much space in your bag but slipping them into your gloves, pockets, and shoes is sure to keep you toasty.

Shannon Hill
Blogger @ Tramontanetravel
Flight Attendant, USA

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Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex

Skypro is proud to announce that has been recently granted OEKO-TEX®’s Leather Standard Certification for belts.

Aviation professionals and other industries that wear uniforms on a daily basis, need extra care for their garments and accessories, reflecting the need of a rigorous selection of materials that respect a full protection from chemical substances.

Leather Standard by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, third-party certification system for leather articles of all levels of production tested for harmful substances. Our belts were tested and awarded the certificate for all components of the item because they have met all the annually updated requirements.

The classic belts in cow leather are perfectly crafted, made in Portugal, with silver buckles, normal and with reversible metallic silver buckles are now certificated by Oeko-Tex® Leather Standard.

The certification process showed that this item meets the human-ecological requirements of the Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex® for products without contact to skin.

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This label allows us to visibly and transparently document our product stewardship, providing our clients with a reliable tool to support their buying decisions. It also states our responsibility to the human-ecological product safety of our articles.

With Leather Standard Certification by OEKO-TEX® we reinforce our mission to develop and provide innovative products that guarantee the long term wellbeing and performance of aviation industry professionals.

We also strengthen our commitment to excellence in everything we do. Hope this added-value can mean as much to our clients as it means to us.

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Are Your Feet Killing You?

How Shoes Affect Your Health

Poorly Designed Cabin Crew Shoes Could Be Harming Your Feet and Your Health in Surprising Ways

Although your health might not be the first thing you think of when you’re shopping for cabin crew shoes, shoes are actually central to your overall well-being. Poorly designed shoes or footwear that doesn’t fit properly can cause pain, inflict permanent damage on your feet, and wreak havoc on your legs and spine. As cabin crew we spend most of our days on our feet and trek what can literally be miles across airports in high heels, so it’s especially important to find shoes that help you put your best foot forward.

Correctly fitting and well-made footwear should have little to no negative impact on your feet or your health. However, ill-fitting or poorly designed shoes can impair walking, cause balance issues, and constrict the foot to the point of pain and numbness. Other short-term problems linked to ill-fitting shoes include:

  • bunions—a painful bony bump that develops on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint caused by pressure on the big toe
  • hammertoes—a deformity in which the middle part of the toes bend upward and the end of the toe curls downward, creating a shape that looks like a hammer
  • corns—thick, hardened layers of skin on top of or between the toes caused by excess shoe pressure
  • ingrown toenails—toenails that grow painfully into the skin caused by shoes that are too tight
  • “pump bump”—a painful swelling on the back of the heel from wearing high heels that are too tight

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) reports that more than 7 out of 10 women have developed a bunion or other painful foot deformity at some point in their life; and that 9 out of 10 women’s foot deformities are linked to poorly designed or ill-fitting footwear. For flight attendants, these foot deformities are not only painful but can profoundly impact our ability to do our job and, if severe enough, require time off from work for recovery or medical intervention.

Wearing high heels, as flight attendants often do, poses its own unique set of problems and adverse health effects. Women who regularly wear high heels have shorter and tighter Achilles tendons, the band of tissue that runs up the back of the ankle. They also tend to have shorter strides, tighter calf muscles, and often have permanently flexed toes. Prolonged wearing of high heels that are poorly designed or that have little cushioning to absorb shock can also contribute to a deterioration of the joints and even osteoarthritis. High heels can also cause bad posture, especially when their design does not take into consideration back support. This is because poorly designed heels change your center of balance and cause an increased curvature of the back, which in turn causes back pain, stiffening, and even disc compression.

However, just because shoes are flat doesn’t mean they’re good for you. Just as much care needs to be taken for your onboard shoes, which as cabin crew we often wear for longer stretches of time than our concourse heels. Flats that lack cushioning aren’t able to absorb the shock of your feet hitting the ground and flats that lack arch support can cause your arches to lower and your foot to roll inward, stretching ligaments and tendons all the way up through your legs and hips.

Finding Your Solemate

In order to protect your feet and your overall health, ensure you have well-made, well-fitting concourse heels and onboard shoes that have the following characteristics:

  • a “toe box” that provides enough room for your toes and allows you to wiggle your toes freely
  • good arch support and a firm midsole (area between the heel and toe box)
  • soft, natural materials that provide flexibility and durability
  • a sturdy heel that provides stability and helps balance your weight
  • cushioning that reduces the shock of impact when landing on your heel and pushing off from the balls of your feet
  • a good tread that provides plenty of grip and prevents slipping
  • a design that takes into consideration how the curve of your feet supports the curve of the spine and provides back support that is conducive to good posture

In addition to choosing the correct shoes, it’s also a good idea to massage and stretch your feet, heels, and calves after long duty periods. For example, do some simple calf stretches or try gently putting your fingers over your toes and pulling back toward your chin until you feel a gentle stretch of the bottom of the foot and arch. Doing so will help keep the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet flexible and feel amazingly therapeutic after a long flight!

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Thanks for taking part in our Skypro Photo Contest! 

To enter, you only have to take a picture from inside an airplane and:

  1. Follow @wearskypro Instagram profile
  2. Like the post about the contest, in which you must also tag a friend whom you think takes great pictures and encourage him/her to participate too
  3. Post you best picture on your profile, tagging @wearskypro and using the hashtags #SkyproAirShots and #wearskypro. Please note that your profile must be public, so we can trace the hashtags and have access to your photo

The 3 best photos will receive a 125€ voucher to use in our online store: www.wearskypro.com!

 

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  1. Skypro Photo Contest is run by Skypro, Portugal.
  2. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  3. Skypro employees and their relatives are not allowed to participate in this competition.
  4. Applicants must be of legal age.
  5. Skypro Photo Contest will run between 00:00 (GMT) on the September 20th and 23:59 (GMT) on the October 4th. After this deadline no further entries will be allowed.
  6. The prize will be awarded to the best 3 photos and is composed of a 125€ voucher, to spend in Skypro’s online store.
  7. The winners will be chosen by a Skypro jury, based on the subject criteria of creativity and originality applied to the photos submitted by the participants. The jury’s decision is sovereign.
  8. All submitted photos must be taken between the contest period and cannot have been posted before.
  9. The winning photos must be send by email to Skypro, to info@wearskypro.com and they will become Skypro’s property. The participants agree to give in the ownership of their photos to Skypro.
  10. All submitted photos will be considered Skypro’s property, allowing the company to use them in the competition communication supports (such as Instagram posts or other).
  11. Entries that are considered inappropriate and/or offensive will not be included. Each participant must be liable for the content of their entry.
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  13. Skypro accepts no responsibility for entries not received (note that the participant’s Instagram profile must be public, in order to Skypro have access to the hashtags and photo)
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  15. The vouchers must be used within 90 days of attribution. If a voucher is not used after this period, Skypro reserves the right to cancel the voucher.
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  17. Any doubts and questions about the interpretation of this Terms and Conditions should be submitted to Skypro for analysis and decision, by email to info@wearskypro.com or by Instagram Direct Message.
  18. The legal framework for the terms and conditions of this competition shall be governed by Portuguese law.
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How to Stay Healthy and Fit as a Flight Attendant

Eating healthy and keeping up a rigorous exercise routine can be hard for anyone, but is especially difficult for flight attendants. Crazy schedules, bad hotel gyms, easy access to the First Class dessert cart, and all the delicious temptations layovers provide mean that many flight attendants gain weight when they start flying.

Instead of stressing about calories the whole time here are some easy and fun ways to stay healthy, active, and svelte as a flight attendant. You can have your cake (or croissant, or macarons, or gelato) and eat it too!

 

Drink Lots of Water

Between working long hours on super dry planes and indulging in alcoholic or caffeinated beverages (hello cappuccinos and wine!), it is all too easy to get dehydrated while flying. Avoid fainting onto a baggage carousel like I once did in the Frankfurt airport by having at least one glass of water for every hour you are on a plane. Once you’ve landed, have a glass of water before leaving your hotel, bring a bottle of water with you, and have a glass of water with every meal (plus an extra glass to counteract any dehydrating things you might be drinking). As a bonus, drinking lots of water will help keep your skin looking pretty and make you feel more full, so you’re less likely to overeat.

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Focus on What You’re Putting Into Your Body, Not What You’re Keeping Out

Rather than stressing about dieting or restricting yourself, focus on ensuring that your body gets nourishing foods throughout your trip. This might mean having a green smoothie one morning for breakfast or getting a salad with your pizza. It’s just a simple difference in mentality, but it helps you stay focused on the positive (healthy foods) rather than the negative (things you can’t or shouldn’t eat). It can make a big difference in your eating habits and keep your body well-fueled for all of your adventures!

Tip: In addition to eating nutritious foods, bring some vitamins and Echinacea, an herb that helps fight infections, with you. You’re exposed to lots of germs when you travel, and they’ll give your body an extra boost to help ensure you don’t feel under the weather.

Walk Everywhere

Walking is by far my favorite way to get to know a city and it’s an easy way to get in a few miles without even noticing. Eschew the metro or taxi line and try to explore the city on foot as much as you can. Many cities have free walking tours or you can make your own by plotting out all the must-see sights before you head out the door. You’ll burn calories and see things you might otherwise miss!

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Choose Active Adventures

Like walking everywhere, choosing active adventures lets you fit in some exercise and burn calories while exploring your destination. Bike rentals and tours are an affordable, easy way to get out and about and a good hike can provided a wonderful chance to see the countryside and experience nature. If you’re extra adventurous, try your hand at kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, whitewater rafting – the sky is the limit! You’ll get your heart pumping and it will be much more exhilarating than working out at another hotel gym!

Go For a Run

Running is one of the best and simplest ways to torch calories, and a trip can be the perfect opportunity to spice up your running routine. Do some research beforehand to find suggested routes, pack some cute gear, and the world becomes your running track! If you’re feeling extra motivated, sign up for a race at your destination. The courses often provide fabulous, unique views of a city and offer the safety of a marked course with a large group.

Remember to always stay safe when running in an unfamiliar city, especially if you’re running by yourself. Avoid unlit areas, pay attention to your surroundings, and let somebody know when you’re leaving and when they should expect you back. I usually ask the front desk or a local athletic store if they have any suggestions about running routes and make sure there’s no neighborhoods or areas I should avoid.

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Turn Your Hotel Room or Gym Into a Private Studio

You don’t have to forego your favourite fitness classes just because you’re flying! Subscription-based services and online or app-based versions of instructional videos mean you can get your booty in gear anywhere, anytime. There are apps that let you create a customized workout schedule at studios both at home and around the world, and some other apps that provide access to thousands of instructor led workouts no matter where you are (I always use an app on my runs!).

 

Shannon Hill
Blogger @ Tramontanetravel
Flight Attendant, USA

NOTES: THIS POST IS AN OPINION ARTICLE WITHOUT MEDICAL ENDORSEMENT. THE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR AND IN NO WAY REFLECTS THE OPINION OF OR AN ENDORSEMENT BY HER EMPLOYER.
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