Ask a travel agent what’s inside their bags when they’re packed up for famil and they’re obviously not going to list everything that’s inside. And that’s not because they can’t be bothered…

The truth is, inside every agent’s bag is at least one item they’d be too embarrassed to admit to packing…

We spoke to a handful of travel agents around Australia and asked them what they were totally embarrassed to admit to packing for a famil in full confidentiality. For the sake of protecting their identities, we’ve only included their first names, age and city.

Here’s what they had to say…

 

JULIA, 33, MELBOURNE – A $HITLOAD OF BEROCCA  TABLETS

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“I routinely allocate about 25 percent of my luggage space to Orange Berocca, which works out to between 40 to 50 effervescent tablets per famil.

“Some people outside the industry think that’s overkill, but as anyone inside the biz knows, rule #43 in travel agent-ing is that you can NEVER have too much Berocca!

“I usually consume about eight every day after a big night out (which, I’m not gonna lie, is like every night) just to be minimally functional – which I define as being able to walk, smile and ask the odd question, you know, what you do during a hotel inspection…
 

ANDREW, 24, SYDNEY – A FRAMED PHOTO OF THE CAPTAIN

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“I’ve never told anyone this before, and to be honest I’m pretty reluctant to reveal this, but ever since I became an agent and starting going on famils, I’ve always packed a framed photo of the Flight Centre captain with that lovely smile!

“I’m not that way inclined – if you know what I mean – but there’s just something about a man in uniform sleeping beside me that makes me feel safe, especially when you’re in a foreign country surrounded by travel agents – what a crazy lot!

 

BEVERLY, 53, BRISBANE – A TEDDY BEAR

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“I know I’m too old to have a teddy bear, but I can’t leave home without packing Jeffie, my childhood teddy. It’s not just famils though – I even take him on my own holidays with the hubby, and yeah, things can get a little awkward when I insist he sleeps with us…

“Jeffie basically helps me feel safe, and he helps me get to sleep at night in a strange bed. And as a bonus, Jeffie is the perfect voodoo doll, and you never know when you need to enact a little revenge on a client that never came back in!

 

SADIE, 46, ADELAIDE –  A SELFIE STICK

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“I don’t know why I feel it’s embarrassing to admit this, but I always pack my selfie stick when going on a famil. For whatever reason (am I too old?) other agents tend to laugh at me when I whip it out, and don’t get me started on what my kids think…

“But then, those agents never complain when I upload such amazing pics from the trip on Facebook! So yeah, I guess it’s worth all praise I get once back home!

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Agents, it’s time to reveal your most embarrassing packing item! Tell us in the comments below!