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Packing!

Aim

  • Practice English skills in an aviation context
  • Learn some packing tips and some new vocabulary
  • Have fun!
Tip! If possible, read through the entire lesson out loud

When the cabin crew come striding through the airport, immaculately uniformed and groomed, you can be sure that none of them are carting luggage that’s bulging to the point of zips breaking, or a carry-on with a pair of shoes tied on to the outside!

And you just know that when they get to their destination they’re not going to be changing into crumpled clothing, or turning the contents of their bags out onto the hotel room floor in search of a pair of socks.

What’s even more impressive is that despite the neat and minimalist packing job, each flight attendant has no doubt also packed some lunch and snacks, gadgets and other items that flight attendants quickly learn to pack.

Oh, and of course nothing ever leaks!

Some little-known packing tips for travellers!

Always pack your swimsuit in your carry on so if anything happens to you luggage you don’t have to miss out on the beach/the hotel pool.

Always pack a pen and, while you’re at it, pack two because there’s always someone who wants to borrow your pen at the airport or on the plane.

Pashminas and sarongs have so many uses while travelling!

Check online stores that specialise in clothes designed with flying – and packing – in mind, for ingenious innovations such as fold-up flip-flops, roll-up ballet flats, and dresses or bags that function four ways.

Vocabulary

Link to article, Packing tips from travel pros .

After reading through the article, match the vocabulary words from the left column with the correct meaning from the right column. If you’re not sure of a word’s meaning, try guessing from the context of the sentence before going to a dictionary or the answer sheet.

Learn more about Airlines and improve your Aviation English vocabulary!

Pare Mechanical or, more often now, electronic devices
Strategically To reduce, remove, cut away, diminish or decrease gradually (often followed by ‘down’ )
Essentials Troublesome, awkward or clumsy (to carry)
Gadgets Clothing / garments, especially outer wear
Necessities According to a plan, method, or series of manoeuvres, to obtain a specific goal or result
Terrain Finding new or other uses for something, instead of, or in addition to, the intended function of an item
Cumbersome Things that are absolutely necessary / indispensable
Layer (in this context) to wear one over another
Repurposing Things that are essential / indispensable
Apparel The natural features / geology of the land

Answers

Pare: To reduce, remove, cut away, diminish or decrease gradually (often followed by ‘down’ )
Strategically: According to a plan, method, or series of maneuvers, to obtain a specific goal or result
Essentials: Things that are absolutely necessary / indispensable
Gadgets: Mechanical or, more often now, electronic devices
Necessities: Things that are essential / indispensable
Terrain: The natural features / geology of the land
Cumbersome: Troublesome, awkward or clumsy (to carry)
Layer: (in this context) to wear one over another
Repurposing: Finding new or other uses for something, instead of, or in addition to, the intended function of an item
Apparel: Clothing / garments, especially outer wear

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