Travelling is an experience we all look forward to… for the most part. Though the promise of discovering a new land, revisiting an old favourite, or seeing a familiar spot from a different perspective is alluring, the actual act of getting from point A to point B can be… tedious? Uncomfortable? All of the above? While I thoroughly enjoy the moment a plane starts speeding up toward takeoff or viewing the arrival city from the air, there are times when I wish I was there already or at least not within an enclosed space with toilet closets and mini food trays. Note to self: try to get upgraded to first class on your next flight.
To go through all the craziness of travel, one must be prepared. After years of going through the barefoot naked scans of security check, and the narrow, miniature world of airplanes, I’ve broken airplane essentials into 3 categories: outfit, documents & tech, beauty.
First, you want to wear something that will not only get you through security quicker, but you also want it to be easy to take off and put back on, and suitable for sitting in for hours on end. Last but certainly not least, you want to look put together, not like you just rolled out of bed and wound up in the airport. Travel style words to live by: (minimal) layers, comfortable fabrics, and little to no fastenings. Layers help control your body temps between running to far-off gates and sitting in climate controlled planes. Have an overnight flight, or anything longer than 2 hours? A nice harem pant or leggings will work wonders. And since most of us have to remove our shoes through security, why not speed up the process by wearing a slip-on style shoe? A nice pair of flats, sandals, or slip-on sneakers will speed things up and have you headed toward your gate (or nearest airport lounge) in no time.
Bonus: pack a pair of toasty socks to keep your toes warm during the (often) cold flight.
2. Documents & tech
Travel is a paper-heavy pursuit. You need your passport to start, your boarding passes (which, despite the prevalence of electronic versions, are still printed out), perhaps a booking confirmation from a hotel or car rental agency? By the time you are ready to get off the plane, you’re carrying a wad of documentation that you really wish you’d organized. Enter the travel wallet. You can stick all that junk in one location, and also store a pen (immigration forms!), cards (credit, health insurance, et al), and some loose change. Talk about convenient!
But paper isn’t just for official purposes, it’s for entertainment too! You should always pack a book and/or magazine(s) because you never know when the entertainment system of the plane will malfunction or just plain not exist. If space is limited, an e-reader can be your best friend!
And most important of all is the piece of tech that unites both the functional documents with the entertainment is the smartphone. Apps like TripIt and TripCase can help you check-in early, find your gate, and hold your itinerary all in one place. To boot, our lovely smartphones have many other apps that will keep you occupied for hours, from podcasts to gaming apps. At this point, the flight becomes hours of fun waiting to be had. (right?)
Have you noticed how you feel just thismuch more grimey when getting off a plane? Damn that recycled air. Whatever the cause, you want to feel fresh when you land, and for that you’ll need a kit of beauty products that will help you refresh before you head out. The essentials are a facial mist (for a soothing spritz), a good cleanser (because airplane grime), a tinted lip balm (for a moisturized, and pretty pout), and cake mascara (to make those eyes pop and get through liquid/gel regulations).
If you’ve been on an overnight flight and had the luck of sleeping your way to the other side (something I almost never achieve… boo), you definitely want an eye mask to shut those reading lights out of sight. Buy one with a gel insert to soothe the sensitive area around your eyes, and you’ll get as close to spa-level relaxation as an airplane will allow.
So, you see, travelling in style is all about planning your pieces carefully, predicting how much entertainment you will need, and adhering to international security standards worldwide. It sounds intimidating but it really needn’t be. Check out the items below for inspiration.
P.S. One more thing to remember: sunglasses! Don’t leave home without these puppies. No matter where you’re going, I’d wager the sun will makes its appearance at some point so be prepared! (hey, it happens to the best of us *ahem, me*)
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