Always wondered what pilots bring in their flight bags? Here it is!
They travel more than most of us, make long hours and have some kind of mystic vibe about them: Pilots. Now it’s time to reveal one of their best kept secrets, what do they pack before take off?
Pilots all over the world were asked to tell what the top three items they always carry in their flight bags are (other than phone, passport, keys and wallet). The answers might surprise you.
Maps and charts
Despite advances in technology for pilots’ cockpit requirements, the most popular response was maps and charts, with 16% naming one or both of these as one of their three must-haves. Other popular answers included a headset, sunglasses, torch or flashlight, iPad (or tablet), and – proving that technology has not taken over completely – a pen.
Socks and Tabasco
Further items named by more than one pilot included batteries, socks and underwear, camera, gym or sports kit, power packs, snacks, dental floss, Tabasco or other pepper sauce, and sanitary wipes.
More unusual choices for flight bag must-haves were a bible, nail polish remover pads, a bike pump, Lego, and ramen noodles.
About the survey