I may lose a few fans for saying this, but please, please don’t look this disheveled when you travel.
OK, I get it, you’re comfortable. When you’re dashing to the airport, waiting to board your flight, and then crammed into the tin can like teens at the front row of a Justin Bieber concert, I’m sure you don’t care much about your appearance.
But with a little effort, you can still be comfortable when traveling, look stylish and, dare I say it, presentable.
Because seriously. We’ve all seen people looking pretty sad at airports. Wearing slippers. Pajama pants. Did they even bother to brush their hair? I hope they brushed their teeth!
Here’s what I wore on Tuesday returning home from a family trip to upstate N.Y. I had a one-hour drive to the airport, then a 2-hour flight, a 2-hour layover, another 2-hour flight. By the time I got home, my hair was in a ponytail, my earrings discarded in my bag, but I still looked presentable, yes?
The point is, you can take basics that look put together and still have an outfit that gets you through your travels. Here are a few tips:
1. Wear pants that aren’t too tight. You’ll probably feel bloated from air travel anyway, so skinny jeans that cut off your circulation will just get on your nerves. A long skirt is also a good choice for travel.
2. Dress in layers. I tend to get warm on flights, and then freezing! So I start out with short sleeves, and I bring a cardigan or wrap with me, even in 90-degree weather.
3. Stylish shoes can be comfortable. Funky sneakers are a great choice. These sandals I’m wearing are Easy Spirit, so the arch support is helpful and the wedge isn’t too high.
Here are a few more necessities to keep on you while traveling:
wallet with ID, credit cards & boarding passes | powder compact for quick touch-ups | hand lotion to combat dry skin from awful public bathroom soap | nail file — I hate breaking a nail on the go! | lip balm to combat dry lips | wrap or cardigan | Dramamine for motion sickness
Not pictured: cellphone | iPad or Kindle | phone charger | bottled water purchased after security or empty water bottle to fill at water fountain | tissues | gum or chewy candy for landing
It helps to have a nice-size tote to carry your goodies in so you can either also carry on a suitcase or have less to carry if you check your bag. And a wallet that doubles as a clutch is a great idea! (As are thin cross-body bags you can easily stuff in your suitcase for when needed on your trip.)
Now next time I see you at the airport, I hope you’ll be comfy and stylish!